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Title: Octane-assisted reverse micellar dyeing of cotton with reactive dyes
Authors: Tang, AYL 
Lee, CH 
Wang, Y 
Kan, CW 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Polymers, Dec. 2017, v. 9, no. 12, 678
Abstract: In this study, we investigated the computer colour matching (CCM) of cotton fabrics dyed with reactive dye using the octane-assisted reverse micellar approach. The aim of this study is to evaluate the colour quality and compare the accuracy between CCM forecasting and simulated dyeing produced by conventional water-based dyeing and octane-assisted reverse micellar dyeing. First, the calibration of dyeing databases for both dyeing methods was established. Standard samples were dyed with known dye concentrations. Computer colour matching was conducted by using the colour difference formula of International Commission on Illumination (CIE) L*a*b*. Experimental results revealed that the predicted concentrations were nearly the same as the expected known concentrations for both dyeing methods. This indicates that octane-assisted reverse micellar dyeing system can achieve colour matching as good as the conventional water-based dyeing system. In addition, when comparing the colour produced by the conventional water-based dyeing system and the octane-assisted reverse micellar dyeing system, the colour difference (ΔE) is ≤1, which indicates that the reverse micellar dyeing system could be applied for industrial dyeing with CCM.
Keywords: Colour matching
Cotton fibre
Non-ionic surfactant
Reactive dye
Reverse micelle
Publisher: MDPI AG
Journal: Polymers 
ISSN: 2073-4360
DOI: 10.3390/polym9120678
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
The following publication Tang, A.Y.-L.; Lee, C.-H.; Wang, Y.; Kan, C.-W. Octane-Assisted Reverse Micellar Dyeing of Cotton with Reactive Dyes. Polymers 2017, 9, 678, 1-12 is available at
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