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Evaluation and development of antibacterial fabrics using Pongamia pinnata extracts

Swetha Andra (Department of Textile Technology, Anna University, Chennai, India)
Murugesan Muthalagu (Department of Textile Technology, Anna University, Chennai, India)
Jaison Jeevanandam (Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Miri, Malaysia)
Durga Devi Sekar (Department of Textile Technology, Anna University, Chennai, India)
Rajalakshmi Ramamoorthy (Department of Textile Technology, Anna University, Chennai, India)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 18 July 2019

Issue publication date: 21 August 2019




A widespread focus on the plant-based antimicrobial cotton fabric finishes has been accomplished with notable importance in recent times. The antimicrobials prevent microbial dwelling in fabrics, which causes severe infections to the fabric users. Chemical disinfectants were conventionally used in fabrics to address this challenge; however, they were found to be toxic to humans. Thus, the present study aims to deal with the utilization of phytochemical extracts from different parts of Pongamia pinnata as antimicrobial coatings in cotton fabrics.


The root, bark and stem were collected and washed several times using tap water. Then, the leaves were dried at room temperature and the root and bark were dried using an oven at 40ºC. After drying, they were ground into fine powder and extracted with ethanol using the Soxhlet apparatus. After that the extract was coated on the fabric tested for antimicrobial studies.


The results reported that the leaf extract of P. pinnata-coated fabric exhibited enhanced antibacterial property towards gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria, followed by root, bark and stem. The wash durability test in the extract-coated fabric samples revealed that dip-coating retained antibacterial activity until five washes. Thus, the current study clearly suggests that the leaf extract from P. pinnata is highly useful to develop antibacterial cotton fabrics as health-care textiles.


The novelty of the present work is to obtain the crude extract from the leaves, bark, root and stem of P. pinnata and evaluate their antibacterial activity against E. coli, upon being coated on cotton fibres. In addition, the extracts were subjected to wash durability analysis to study the coating efficiency of the phytochemicals in cotton fabrics and a probable mechanism for the antibacterial activity of P. pinnata extracts was also presented.



Andra, S., Muthalagu, M., Jeevanandam, J., Sekar, D.D. and Ramamoorthy, R. (2019), "Evaluation and development of antibacterial fabrics using Pongamia pinnata extracts", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 257-268.



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