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Effect of SDS on human hair: Study on the molecular structure and morphology

Singh, Bhawana and Umapathy, Siva (2011) Effect of SDS on human hair: Study on the molecular structure and morphology. In: Journal of Biophotonics, 4 (5). pp. 315-323.

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This paper presents a model study to understand the effect of surfactants on the physicochemical properties of human hair. FT-IR ATR spectroscopy has been employed to understand the chemical changes induced by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) on human scalp hair. In particular, the SDS induced changes in the secondary structure of protein present in the outer protective layer of hair, i.e. cuticle, have been investigated. Conformational changes in the secondary structure of protein were studied by curve fitting of the amide I band after every phase of SDS treatment. It has been found that SDS brings rearrangements in the protein backbone conformations by transforming beta-sheet structure to random coil and beta-turn. Additionally, AFM and SEM studies were carried out to understand the morphological changes induced on the hair surface. SEM and AFM images demonstrated the rupture and partial erosion of cuticle sublayers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Biophotonics
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to John Wiley & Sons.
Keywords: human hair;FT-IR ATR;AFM; SEM;curve fitting;sodium dodecyl sulfate
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 06:18
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 06:18
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38045

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