Electrospinning of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene nanofibers

Dmitry M. Rein, Yachin Cohen, Avner Ronen, Eyal Zussman, Kim Shuster

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Abstract

The electrospinning method was employed to fabricate extremely fine nanofibers of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for the first time, using a mixture of solvents with different dielectric constant and conductivity. A novel experimental device for elevated temperature electrospinning of highly volatile and quickly crystallizing polymer solutions and melts was developed. It was experimentally determined the influence of concentration and electrical conductivity of UHMWPE solutions on the diameter of electrospun fibers. The possibility to produce the highly oriented nanofibers from ultra-high molecular weight polymers suggests new ways for fabrication of ultra-strong, porous, surface modified fibers and single-component naiiocomposite yarn with improved properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoupled Mechanical, Electrical and Thermal Behaviors of Nanomaterials
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Pages44-49
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781605608709
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Mar 200828 Mar 2008

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Volume1083
ISSN (Print)0272-9172

Conference

Conference2008 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period24/03/0828/03/08

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