Next Article in Journal
Wavelet Packet Decomposition to Characterize Injection Molding Tool Damage
Previous Article in Journal
Web3DGIS-Based System for Reservoir Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Appl. Sci. 2016, 6(2), 46;

Biomedical Applications of Antibacterial Nanofiber Mats Made of Electrospinning with Wire Electrodes

Department of Materials and Textiles, Oriental Institute of Technology, New Taipei City 22061, Taiwan
Laboratory of Fiber Application and Manufacturing, Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, Feng Chia University, Taichung City 40724, Taiwan
School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung City 40402, Taiwan
Department of Fashion Design, Asia University, Taichung City 41354, Taiwan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Philippe Lambin
Received: 12 December 2015 / Revised: 22 January 2016 / Accepted: 28 January 2016 / Published: 4 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Nanotechnology and Applied Nanosciences)
Full-Text   |   PDF [4270 KB, uploaded 4 February 2016]   |  


Twisted stainless steel wires are used as wire electrodes for electrospinning the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/zinc citrate nanofiber mats. The morphology and diameter of the nanofibers in PVA/zinc citrate nanofiber mats are evaluated. We measured the antibacterial efficacy against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) of the nanofiber mats. We also examined the cell adhesion affinity of mammalian tissue culture cells on these nanofiber mats. Our results indicate that an increase in zinc citrate increases the viscosity and electrical conductivity of PVA solution. In addition, increasing zinc citrate results in a smaller diameter of nanofibers that reaches below 100 nm. According to the antibacterial test results, increasing zinc citrate enlarges the inhibition zone of S. aureus but only has a bacteriostatic effect against E. coli. Finally, cell adhesion test results indicate that all nanofiber mats have satisfactory cell attachment regardless of the content of zinc citrate. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrospinning; biomedical applications; blends; ionic Liquids; biomaterials electrospinning; biomedical applications; blends; ionic Liquids; biomaterials

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Pan, Y.-J.; Lin, J.-H.; Chiang, K.-C. Biomedical Applications of Antibacterial Nanofiber Mats Made of Electrospinning with Wire Electrodes. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 46.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Appl. Sci. EISSN 2076-3417 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top