Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Physics and Astronomy
electrospinning, fibers, nanofiber, polymer, electric field
Electrospinning is a process of generating polymer fibers by accelerating a polymer solution through an electric field. The polymer solution is released at a designated rate through a syringe; once the droplet enters the high voltage region, it whips throughout the chamber, landing upon a grounded collector. This procedure results in fibers with a range of diameter from several nanometers to a few micrometers. These fibers can be used in a variety of applications, including drug delivery, filter media, material substrates, optical media, tissue scaffolds, and wound dressing. For my senior thesis, I established the most successful method of creating nanofibers and documented the qualities and characteristics of these fibers using optical microscopy. I investigated creating polymer fibers using different solutes and experimented with gold nano-particles additives. In my future experiments, I want to generate nanofibers with other additives such as carbon and quantum dots and measure the physical characteristics, both optically and electrically.
Sise, Anna, "Production and Characterization of Electrospan Polymer Nano-fibers" (2012). Honors Theses. 902.