Papers by Author: Xin Liu

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Authors: Xin Liu, Tong Lin, J. Fang, Gang Yao, X.G. Wang
Abstract: An effective wound dressing is not only able to protect the wound area from its surroundings to avoid infection and dehydration, but also to speed up the healing process by providing an optimum microenvironment for healing, removing any excess wound exudates, and allowing continuous tissue reconstruction. In this study, two biodegradable polymers, polycaprolactone (PCL) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), were used to electrospin nanofibre membranes. The wound dressing performances of these two membranes were compared with the wound dressing performances of protein coated membranes and conventional non-woven cotton wound dressings. In addition, fibre morphology, porous structural property, mechanical properties of the nanofibre membranes, and their drainage capacity and wound skin histology were examined.
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Authors: C.J. Hurren, R.T. Liu, Xin Liu, X.G. Wang
Abstract: This paper investigated the use of titanium dioxide sol-gel coatings to photo-catalyse red wine stains on wool fabrics. Coatings were produced by the hydrolysis and condensation of titanium butoxide (Ti(OC4H9)4) on the surface of wool fabrics after pad application. Coatings were partially converted to the anatase form of titanium dioxide by prolonged immersion in boiling water. The coating presence was confirmed using scanning electron microscopy, UVspectrophotometry and atomic force microscopy. Coated samples were measured for photo-catalytic activity by degrading red wine stains from the surface of the coated fabric. The level of photocatalysis was determined for each of the coating systems after 168 hours. Red wine stains were photo-catalysed and level of staining was reduced from the UV exposed surface of the coated wool fabric.
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