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Subject/Keyword
Antimicrobial Fabrics
Sensory
Axillary odour
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Xu, Yin
Supervisor and department
McQueen, Rachel (Department of Human Ecology)
Examining committee member and department
Wismer, Wendy (Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science)
Batcheller, Jane (Department of Human Ecology)
Department
Department of Human Ecology
Specialization
Textiles and Clothing
Date accepted
2012-08-30T13:22:27Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Few studies have been carried out to determine the odour intensity retained on fabrics, particularly for antimicrobial treated textiles. The purpose of this study was to develop an in vitro method to collect human axillary odour on fabrics and compare this to the traditional in vivo method (i.e., wear trial); and also to investigate axillary odour intensity emanating from cotton and polyester fabrics without treatment and with antimicrobial treatments of polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and zinc pyrithione (ZP). Sensory measurement with line scale was used to determine the odour intensity retained on fabrics. Numbers of aerobic bacteria extracted from fabrics were counted to determine the effect of antimicrobial treatment. Findings suggest that odour can be generated and detected through the developed in vitro method by incubating ‘fresh sweat’ onto fabrics. However despite a reduction in bacteria due to the antimicrobial treatments they do not correspond to anti-odour as bacterial counts were not related to differences in odour intensity.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3KK68
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