Analytical Electrochemistry in Textiles


  • P Westbroek
  • G Priniotakis, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece
  • P Kiekens, University of Ghent, Belgium

Electrochemistry is the study of chemical reactions with an exchange of electrons, and of the chemical phenomena that are caused by the action of applied currents and voltages. Analytical electrochemistry in textiles provides an overview of the synergy between electrochemistry and textiles, and the possibilities and innovative character of electrochemistry for textiles.

Analytical electrochemistry in textiles is divided into four parts. In the first part an overview is given of the theory of electrochemistry as well as of practical considerations. The second part contains chapters in which the development of sensors is described for the optimisation and automation of textile finishing processes. In the third part the fundamentals of textile electrodes, used in a wide variety of applications, are summarised, as well as offering a developed study of a quality control method. Finally, the fourth part of the book is related to the functionalisation of fibres through chemical and electrochemical modification and some applications are given for these types of textile related electrodes.

Written so that both non-electrochemists and non-textile specialists can understand it, Analytical electrochemistry in textiles is an important guide for textile, chemist and material science academics. It will also prove of great benefit for textile manufacturers, processors, dyers, colourists and finishers.
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Textile, chemist and material science academics; Textile manufacturers, processors, dyers, colorists and finishers


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-919-2


The book is clearly and concisely written and offers a critical review of the major developments in the field., International Dyer

Table of Contents

Part 1 Theoretical considerations: Fundamentals in electrochemistry; Electrochemical methods. Part 2 Electrochemistry in textile finishing: Probes for Ph measurement and simultaneous cellulose removal and bleaching of textiles with enzymes; Electrochemical behaviour of hydrogen peroxide oxidation: kinetics and mechanism; Amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide in bleaching and washing processes; Simultaneous detection of indigo and sodium dithionite for control of dyeing processes; Advantages of electrocatalytic reactions in textile applications, an example: Electrocatalytic oxidation of sodium dithionite at a phthalocyanine and pophyrin cobalt(II) modified gold electrode. Part 3 Textile electrodes: Intelligent/smart materials and textiles: An overview; Characterisation of electrochemical cell for textile electrode studies and quality control; Electroconductive textile electrodes for detection and analysis of sweat and urine. Part 4 Modified fibres and its applications: Chemical metallization and galvanization as a method for development of electroconductive polyacrylonitrile fibers; Textile fibers used as electrode materials in analytical applications.