Influence of solvents properties on morphology of electrospun polyurethane nanofiber mats

Mondal, S. (2014) Influence of solvents properties on morphology of electrospun polyurethane nanofiber mats. Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 25 2: 179-183. doi:10.1002/pat.3220

Author Mondal, S.
Title Influence of solvents properties on morphology of electrospun polyurethane nanofiber mats
Journal name Polymers for Advanced Technologies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1042-7147
Publication date 2014-02-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pat.3220
Open Access Status
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 183
Total pages 5
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Segmented polyurethane (SPU) nanofiber mats were prepared by electrospinning technique using the combination of four different solvents viz. tetrahydrofuran, N,N′-dimethyl formamide, N,N′-dimethyl acetamide, and dimethyl sulfoxide. Morphology of the electrospun nanofibers was examined by field emission scanning electron microscope. Experimental results revealed that the morphologies of polyurethane nanofiber mats have been changed significantly with the solvent selection for the electrospinning. It was observed that the diameters and morphology of the SPU nanofibers were influenced greatly by the use of combination of solvents. The uniform polyurethane nanofibers without beads or curls could be prepared by electrospinning through the selection of combination of good conductive and good volatile solvent viz. 7.5wt/v% of SPU in N,N′-dimethyl formamide/tetrahydrofuran (30:70 v/v) solutions at 20kV applied voltages and volume flow rate of 1ml/min. On the basis of the results obtained from this investigation, it has been established that solvent selection is one of the driving factors for controlling the morphology of the polyurethane electrospun nanofiber mats. The well-controlled morphology of electrospun polyurethane nanofiber mats could be useful for many potential industrial applications such as in biomedical, smart textiles, nanofiltration, and sensors.
Keyword Electrospinning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 7 November 2013

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