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Special Issue "Electrospun Materials 2018"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Vitor Sencadas

School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Science, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Interests: Electroactive polymers; Biomedical Polymer materials; Bone Regeneration, Innovative Polymer Processing Techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electrospinning is an easy and versatile technique to produce organic and inorganic fibers with average diameters ranging from a few nanometers up to a few micrometers. The ability to tune the fiber diameter allows control of the material surface area, as well as surface functionality, ultimately leading to a superior mechanical property of this materials. This Special Issue focuses on the latest developments and findings on electrospun materials for a wide range of applications, e.g., biomedical, bio-interfaces, wastewater management, oil spills, air pollution control, energy harvesting, and storage.

We are pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts for the Special Issue on “Electrospun Materials” in the form of full research papers, communications, and review articles. We look forward to your contribution to this Special Issue.


Dr. Vitor Sencadas
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Electrospun Materials
  • Wound Healing
  • Biopolymers
  • Electroactive Polymers
  • Bio-interfaces
  • Wastewater Management
  • Water and Air Pollution and Filtration
  • Energy Harvesting and Storage
  • Hierarchical Nanofibers
  • Food and Packaging Applications

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Open AccessArticle Measuring the Pull-Off Force of an Individual Fiber Using a Novel Picoindenter/Scanning Electron Microscope Technique
Materials 2017, 10(9), 1074; doi:10.3390/ma10091074
Received: 4 August 2017 / Revised: 10 September 2017 / Accepted: 11 September 2017 / Published: 13 September 2017
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Abstract
We employed a novel picoindenter (PI)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique to measure the pull-off force of an individual electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) fibers. Individual fibers were deposited over a channel in a custom-designed silicon substrate, which was then attached to a picoindenter. The
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We employed a novel picoindenter (PI)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique to measure the pull-off force of an individual electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) fibers. Individual fibers were deposited over a channel in a custom-designed silicon substrate, which was then attached to a picoindenter. The picoindenter was then positioned firmly on the sample stage of the SEM. The picoindenter tip laterally pushed individual fibers to measure the force required to detach it from the surface of substrate. SEM was used to visualize and document the process. The measured pull-off force ranged between 5.8 ± 0.2 μN to ~17.8 ± 0.2 μN for individual fibers with average diameter ranging from 0.8 to 2.3 μm. Thus, this study, a first of its kind, demonstrates the use of a picoindenter to measure the pull-off force of a single micro/nanofiber. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electrospun Materials 2018)
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