Reaction of Formaldehyde with Keratin


AN earlier communication1 described the reaction, of keratin fibres with boiling solutions of formaldehyde pH 2–10. For reasons connected with other work, buffer solutions one tenth the concentration described by Britton2 were used, and since adequate buffering action could not be obtained at pH 1 under these conditions, no results were published for highly acid solutions of formaldehyde. The action upon keratin fibres of formaldehyde buffered to pH 1·0, 5·0 and 10·5 with full strength buffers is now described.

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    Stoves, J. L., Trans. Faraday Soc., 39, 294 (1943).

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    Britton, H. T. S., "Hydrogen Ions", 217–223 (London, 1932).

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    Stoves, J. L., Trans. Faraday Soc., 38, 254 (1942).

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    Speakman, J. B., J. Soc. Dyers and Col., 50, 341 (1934).

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STOVES, J. Reaction of Formaldehyde with Keratin. Nature 154, 272–273 (1944).

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