Microgel electrospinning: A novel tool for the fabrication of nanocomposite fibers

Silvia Piperno, Levi A. Gheber, Patrizia Canton, Andrij Pich, Gita Dvorakova, Andrea Biffis

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We demonstrate for the first time herein that electrospinning of soluble crosslinked polymer particles (microgels) is feasible and that it can be used to obtain micron-sized fibers from these macromolecules. Most notably, the electrospinning approach is found to be successful also in the case of microgels bearing metal nanoclusters, and allows to prepare composite fibers containing a homogeneous dispersion of metal nanoparticles without alterations in the nanoparticle size and size distribution. Given the broad applicability of microgels as exotemplates and stabilisers for inorganic nanoparticles, the proposed preparation method stands out as a novel, general approach for the synthesis of potentially useful composite fibers containing inorganic nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6193-6197
Number of pages5
Issue number26
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2009


  • Electrospinning
  • Metal nanoclusters
  • Microgels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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