Document Type : Original Article
National research center
Ceramics and Building Materials Department,NationalResearchCentre
Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azahar University, Cairo Egypt
Textile Engineering Dept., textile Research and Technology Institute, National Research center
Chemistry of Natural and microbial Department, , National Research Centre
Textiles are now employed in a variety of industries and for a variety of reasons, with the medical industry being one among them. The medical, hygiene, and health sector is a growing and essential section of the textile industry
The growth is attributable to the expansion and advancement of technology in both the textile and medical sectors at the same time. Surgical gowns are worn by doctors and nurses in the operating room to limit the passage of microorganisms from patients to surgical staff and thereby lower the risk of hospital-acquired infection. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the functionality and performance of surgical gowns. The study used nonwoven fabric made of polypropylene (spun bond/melt blown/spun bond), which was subsequently coated with calcium silicate/copper oxide nanoparticles (CaSiO3/CuO)-NPS using a low-temperature plasma method. Different time intervals were used for the coating (5, 10, 15 and 20 min). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis unit (EDX), mechanical properties, and physical testing were used to analyse the coated textiles. The antimicrobial effect was tested using the shake flask method against harmful bacteria and fungi, and the results were outstanding, indicating that this textile might be employed as a potential antibacterial protective textile for a variety of medical applications.