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Fabrication of large-scale superhydrophobic composite films with enhanced tensile properties by multinozzle conveyor belt electrospinning

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Large-scale superhydrophobic composite films with enhanced tensile properties were prepared by multinozzle conveyor belt electrospinning. First, a strategy of conveyor belt electrospinning was introduced for large-scale fabrication since the conveyor belt can expand the electrospinning area unlimitedly. During the electrospinning (or electrospraying) process, certain kinds of fibers are combined on the conveyor belt in one electrospinning (or electrospraying) step. The superhydrophobicity of electrospun film can be achieved by the presence of PS beads and bead-on-string PVDF fibers, while submicron PAN fibers are responsible for the improvement of mechanical properties. The result shows that CA value of the surface comprising of PS beads and bead-on-string PVDF fibers could reach up to 155.0°. As the submicron PAN fibers increased, the value of CA decreased, changing from 155.0° to 140.0°, meanwhile the tensile strength of composite film was enhanced from 1.14 to 4.12 MPa correspondingly which is beneficial to putting the films into practice. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 39735.

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