Networks: Supramolecular Nanofiber Webs in Nonwoven Scaffolds as Potential Filter Media (Small 12/2013)

Authors

  • Holger Misslitz,

    1. Macromolecular Chemistry I, Bayreuther Institut für Makromolekülforschung (BIMF), Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen (BZKG), University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Klaus Kreger,

    1. Macromolecular Chemistry I, Bayreuther Institut für Makromolekülforschung (BIMF), Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen (BZKG), University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Hans-Werner Schmidt

    Corresponding author
    1. Macromolecular Chemistry I, Bayreuther Institut für Makromolekülforschung (BIMF), Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen (BZKG), University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
    • Macromolecular Chemistry I, Bayreuther Institut für Makromolekülforschung (BIMF), Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen (BZKG), University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany.
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Abstract

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Typically, polymer micro- and nanofibers are prepared by top-down approaches such as meltblowing or electrospinning. In contrast, H.-W. Schmidt and co-workers demonstrate on page 2053 a bottom-up approach via the self-assembly of small molecules to supramolecular nanofibers. This approach can form supramolecular nanofiber webs within a scaffold in situ. The remarkable intrinsic stability of the supramolecular nanofibers in combination with their good adhesion on the polymer scaffold result in microfiber/nanofiber composites, which are stable under typical air filtration conditions.

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