Natural based-cellulosic fibers are trending due to the global awareness regarding environmental health and because their properties make them a great alternative to the synthetic fibers. However, these fibers also have some hindrances that can be solved with their functionalization. The present study concerns modification of the surface of natural based-cellulosic fibers extracted from stems of the ginger lily plant (Hedychium gardnerianum) with TiO2 films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering using a titanium (Ti) target. A detailed characterization of the TiO2-coated fibers was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results revealed that the sputtered TiO2 films can be attached to the ginger lily fibers mainly by their OH groups. XPS analysis further shows that C-OH group is not dominant, which means that no pure cellulose is present at the surface.
- Cellulose fibers
- Fiber functionalization
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
- Hedychium gardnerianum
- TiO films
- X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)