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Polymers 2018, 10(7), 747;

Vapor-Assisted Crosslinking of a FK/PVA/PEO Nanofiber Membrane

College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, Guangzhou 510225, China
Guangzhou Key Laboratory for Efficient Utilization of Agricultural Chemicals, Guangzhou 510225, China
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Received: 2 June 2018 / Revised: 29 June 2018 / Accepted: 1 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
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Herein, we demonstrate a three-component FK/PVA/PEO nanofiber membrane by electrospinning and vapor-assisted crosslinking. We have used feather-derived-keratin (FK), poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) as membrane components and citric acid/glyoxal as the crosslinker. The structural, thermal, hydrophobicity, and mechanical properties of the as-prepared and crosslinked FK/PVA/PEO nanofiber membranes have been systematically investigated. The results suggest that the nanofiber membrane’s vapor-assisted crosslinking by citric acid has shown better performances than that of glyoxal used as a crosslinker. These results exhibit that non-toxic citric acid can be used as a crosslinking agent to modify the performance of keratin-based membranes. This study opens up further avenues for post-synthesis modification of polymeric membranes for a wide range of applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: keratin; nanofiber membrane; electrospinning; vapor-assisted; crosslinking keratin; nanofiber membrane; electrospinning; vapor-assisted; crosslinking

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Ding, J.; Chen, M.; Chen, W.; He, M.; Zhou, X.; Yin, G. Vapor-Assisted Crosslinking of a FK/PVA/PEO Nanofiber Membrane. Polymers 2018, 10, 747.

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