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Electrical Conduction in Keratin
- Algie, J.E., Downes, J.G., Mackay, B.H.
- Textile research journal 1960 v.30 no.6 pp. 432-434
- electric field, electrical conductivity, fabrics, hydrogen bonding, keratin, protons, relative humidity, textile fibers
- The increase in electrical conductivity of keratin fibers after the application of an abrupt change of the relative humidity from 0 → 90% RH has been examined as a function of time. A comparison of these results with regain vs. time, for the same experimental conditions, indicates that the water inside a fiber is not initially in a state which facilitates conduction. It is proposed that the slow rise of conductivity is due to the formation of a hydrogen bonded network which allows the passage of protons under the influence of the applied electric field.