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Keywords:

  • electrospinning;
  • fibers;
  • in-flight polymerization;
  • mechanical properties;
  • poly(dicyclopentadiene)

Abstract

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SEM image of suspended PDCPD fiber.

Summary: We have used the process of electrospinning to produce fibers of poly(dicyclopentadiene) with diameters on the submicron scale. The material, formed from a monomer-catalyst solution, polymerized in flight during the electrospinning process. Fibers were collected over trenches etched in silicon and the Young's moduli were measured using an atomic force microscope to measure force-displacement curves. The resulting values of Young's moduli are larger than typical values for bulk polymer material.