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Production and characterization of hybrid BEH-PPV/PEO conjugated polymer nanofibers by forcespinning™



The fabrication of hybrid poly(2,5-bis(2′-ethyl-hexyl)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (BEH-PPV) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofibers is reported. Nanofibers were created using a novel production method that uses centrifugal rather than electrostatic force to produce nanofibers. The nanofiber production method exhibits high yield production of nanofibers enabling mass-production capabilities. Thermo-physical characterization and X-ray diffraction of bulk PEO and BEH-PPV was conducted, and the results are compared with the produced hybrid nanofibers. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012