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Interior synthesizing of ZnO nanoflakes inside nylon-6 electrospun nanofibers

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  • Gopal Panthi,

    1. Department of Bionano System Engineering, College of Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
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  • Nasser A. M. Barakat,

    Corresponding author
    1. Organic Materials and Fiber Engineering Department, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
    2. Chemical Engineering Department, Minia University, El-Minia, Egypt
    • Organic Materials and Fiber Engineering Department, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
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  • Salem S. Al-Deyab,

    1. Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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  • Mohamed El-Newehy,

    1. Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
    2. Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Tanta University, Tanta 31527, Egypt
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  • Dipendra Raj Pandeya,

    1. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Medical Science, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
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  • Hak Yong Kim

    Corresponding author
    1. Organic Materials and Fiber Engineering Department, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
    • Organic Materials and Fiber Engineering Department, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Republic of Korea
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Abstract

Doping of the polymeric electrospun nanofibers by metal oxides nanoparticles is usually performed by electrospinning of a colloidal solution containing the metal oxide nanoparticles. Besides the economical aspects, electrospinning of colloids is not efficient compared with spinning of sol–gels, moreover well attachment of the solid nanoparticles is not guaranteed. In this study, reduction of zinc acetate could be performed inside the nylon-6 electrospun nanofibers; so polymeric nanofibers embedding ZnO nanoflakes were obtained. Typically, zinc acetate/nylon-6 electrospun nanofibers were treated hydrothermally at 150°C for 1 h. Besides the utilized characterization techniques, PL study affirmed formation of ZnO. The produced nanofibers showed a good antibacterial activity which improves with increasing ZnO content. Overall, the present study opens new avenue to synthesize hybrid nanofibers by a facile procedure. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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