Nanofibers from water-extractable melt-blown immiscible polymer blends

Zaifei Wang, Xiaotun Liu, Christopher W. Macosko, Frank S. Bates

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Abstract

Nanofibers were prepared from water-extractable melt-blown immiscible polymer blends containing a commercial sulfopolyester (SP) as the sacrificial phase. Application of the water-dispersible SP eliminates issues associated with organic solvents, providing a facile, economic, and environment-friendly approach to high throughput fabrication of melt-blown nanofibers with an average diameter as small as 66 nm. Moreover, this approach offers a new route to prepare multilayer melt-blown nano-/micro-fiber composites. We demonstrate the fabrication of porous double-layer melt-blown PBT nano-/micro-fiber composites by tuning the collection time of the melt-blown SP/PBT blend fibers. Such materials are potentially useful for filtration media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer
Volume101
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 28 2016

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Keywords

  • Melt-blown
  • Nanofibers
  • Water-extractable blends

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  • Period 3

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