Characteristics and 3D formation of PVA and PEO electrospun nanofibers with embedded urea
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2013
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Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume 131, Issue 3, February 5, 2014
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2014), Characteristics and 3D formation of PVA and PEO electrospun nanofibers with embedded urea. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131, doi: 10.1002/app.39840, , , and (
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 APR 2013
- nanostructured polymers;
- urea fibers
The behavior of electrospun polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofibers embedded with urea is studied as a function of various process parameters. Our results show that three-dimensional nanofiber networks can be obtained when high concentrations of urea in the solution are used during electrospinning. The nanofibers are characterized using both scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The stability of the nanofiber as a function of electric field has also been studied. The successful formation of three-dimensional nanofiber networks can open new trends toward applications in fertilizers containing nanofibers in the nanoagricultural field. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 39840.