Assembly of Multi-Stranded Nanofiber Threads through AC Electrospinning

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  • Siddharth Maheshwari,

    1. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (USA)
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  • Hsueh-Chia Chang

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    1. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (USA)
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (USA).
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  • The authors wish to acknowledge Korey Chu for his assistance in the project. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.

Abstract

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Multi-stranded threads are fabricated using AC electrospinning. The threads are 1–100 µm thick and are composed of interconnected ∼100 nm thick nanofiber strands. The ease of collection due to localization of the whipping instability leads to uncomplicated control and placement of the threads. The network structure has high mechanical integrity and allows for use in fabric weaving, filtration, and biomedical applications.

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