Document Type : Original Article
Faculty of Applied Arts, Printing, Dyeing and Finishing Department, Benha University, Benha, Egypt
Antibacterial textiles, a topic which is scientifically and economically essential, will be the direction for development of fabrics and clothing. In this study antibacterial cotton and viscose fabrics were produced by incorporating inorganic nanoparticles such as AgNPs, ZnONPs, and ZrO2NPs into solvent-free pigment printing pastes, followed by printing and microwave curing for 5 minutes at 386 W. Cotton and viscose fabrics were tested for pigment printability as well as antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus Aureus (St. Aureus). The suggested method was shown to be highly dependent not only on the nanoparticle concentration in the printing paste, but also on the kind of cellulosic substrate and the nanoparticles used. The obtained pigment prints were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), and energy dispersive X-rays (EDX) to confirm deposition of specific nanoparticles on printed fabrics.