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Fibers 2014, 2(1), 75-91; doi:10.3390/fib2010075
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Multi-Functional Magnetic Photoluminescent Photocatalytic Polystyrene-Based Micro- and Nano-Fibers Obtained by Electrospinning

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Received: 30 November 2013; in revised form: 27 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 25 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanofibres: Friend or Foe?)
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Abstract: This work reports on the implementation of electrospinning (ES) as a facile route to encapsulate nano-engineered materials in a polystyrene (PS) matrix. We applied ES to co-encapsulate two kinds of nanoparticles, i.e., upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), in polystyrene (PS)-based micro- and nano-fibers (PSFs). This approach made it possible to integrate near-infrared (NIR) light-sensitive 500-nm β-NaYF4:Yb, Er UCNPs with 10-nm γ-Fe2O3 SPIONs in PS fibers. During the ES process, PSFs were additionally loaded with a well-established singlet oxygen (1g) photosensitizer, rose bengal (RB). The thus obtained PSFs revealed the promising features of prospective multi-functional magnetic photoluminescent photocatalytic nano-constructs.
Keywords: nanofibers; nano-encapsulation; electrospinning; superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles; upconversion nanoparticles; singlet oxygen; near-infrared light nanofibers; nano-encapsulation; electrospinning; superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles; upconversion nanoparticles; singlet oxygen; near-infrared light
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Schaer, M.; Crittin, M.; Kasmi, L.; Pierzchala, K.; Calderone, C.; Digigow, R.G.; Fink, A.; Forró, L.; Sienkiewicz, A. Multi-Functional Magnetic Photoluminescent Photocatalytic Polystyrene-Based Micro- and Nano-Fibers Obtained by Electrospinning. Fibers 2014, 2, 75-91.

AMA Style

Schaer M, Crittin M, Kasmi L, Pierzchala K, Calderone C, Digigow RG, Fink A, Forró L, Sienkiewicz A. Multi-Functional Magnetic Photoluminescent Photocatalytic Polystyrene-Based Micro- and Nano-Fibers Obtained by Electrospinning. Fibers. 2014; 2(1):75-91.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Schaer, Michel; Crittin, Mireille; Kasmi, Lamia; Pierzchala, Katarzyna; Calderone, Caroline; Digigow, Reinaldo G.; Fink, Alke; Forró, László; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej. 2014. "Multi-Functional Magnetic Photoluminescent Photocatalytic Polystyrene-Based Micro- and Nano-Fibers Obtained by Electrospinning." Fibers 2, no. 1: 75-91.

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