Location: Cotton Structure and Quality Research
Project Number: 6435-44000-070-00
Start Date: Jul 16, 2004
End Date: Jul 15, 2009
We will use moisture sorption isotherms as well as water of imbibition and moisture regain. Light and electron microscopy will be used to monitor changes in structure and breakage patterns with moisture. Energy dispersive x-ray data in the scanning electron microscope will show the depth and uniformity of penetration of solutes, indicating moisture accessible areas. X-ray diffraction studies will indicate the sizes and orientations of the crystallites, another indication of moisture accessible surfaces, and molecular modeling will be used to assist the understanding of noncrystalline regions and breakage mechanism.