Electrospinning functional nanoscale fibers: A perspective for the future

Matthew T. Hunley, Timothy Edward Long

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Abstract

Over the past decade, electrospinning has grown from a small niche process to a widely used fiber formation technique. Applying a strong electric potential on a polymer solution or melt produces nanoscale fibers. These nanofibers form non-woven textile mats, oriented fibrous bundles and even three-dimensional structured scaffolds, all with large surface areas and high porosity. Major applications of electrospun membranes include tissue engineering, controlled drug delivery, sensing, separations, filtration, catalysis and nanowires. This perspective article highlights many recent advances in electrospun fibers for functional applications, with an emphasis on the advantages and proposed technologies for these non-woven fibrous scaffolds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer International
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Electrospinning
  • Functional polymers
  • Nanofibers
  • Scaffolds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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