Plasma Technology Applied to Improve Wettability for Emerging Mycelium-Based Materials

Aragón Chivite, Paz and Portolés Gil, Núria and Campà, Ruth Garcia and Bautista Pérez, Lorenzo and Félix de Castro, Paula (2024) Plasma Technology Applied to Improve Wettability for Emerging Mycelium-Based Materials. Processes, 12 (5). p. 933. ISSN 2227-9717

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Plasma technology is increasing its applications in the textile industry for conferring surface functionalities through greener processes. In this study, plasma treatments are studied to improve the wettability of mycelium-based material, an emerging material with a lot of potential in the near future. The plasma effect was characterized by assessing the added functionality (wettability) and inspecting surface modifications with different techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Low pressure plasma (LPP) treatments were successfully applied into the mycelium-based material and optimal power of discharge and treatment time were set for this material (750 W, 17.5 min). With the optimized LPP treatments, the water absorption capacity of mycelium-based material was improved by 2000% and some surface morphological modifications were observed by SEM analysis. On the other hand, XPS analysis demonstrated how the plasma treatment changes the surface composition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Opene Prints > Multidisciplinary
Depositing User: Managing Editor
Date Deposited: 04 May 2024 11:36
Last Modified: 04 May 2024 11:36

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