SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • electrospinning;
  • hydrophobic;
  • biodegradable

Abstract

In this work, the electrospinning of polymer solutions was used to produce mats with hydrophobic properties from a series of commercially available biodegradable and biocompatible polymers, such as poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid), poly(DL-lactide), polycaprolactone, and poly(L-lactide). According to the results, to obtain hydrophobic properties, bead-like morphologies were the most adequate. For obtaining this type of morphology, the polymer concentration of the electrospun solution had to be sufficiently low, although below a limit concentration it was not possible to obtain hydrophobic surfaces. The results also showed that the crystallinity of the materials may influence the final hydrophobic properties. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010