Advances in Membranes Fabricated via Electrospinning

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

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National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
Interests: nanofiber; polymer; biomolecule; micro-nano fabrication; nanoparticle; biomedical application

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Dear Colleagues,

The development of nanomembranes made from nanofibers has received increased attention in the past few years. The electrospinning technique has been the most commonly used technique to prepare nanofiber mats and electrospun nanofibrous membranes.

Recent studies on the functionalization strategies of electrospun nanofibrous membranes have paved the way for achieving the efficient and selective removal of a wide range of molecules from an aqueous solution. A functionalized electrospun membrane not only performs microfiltration by molecular-size cutoff, but the functional groups added can also simultaneously capture and remove toxic metal ions, soluble proteins, viruses, or cells from the filtrate. As a consequence, affinity membranes with the potential for application in the removal of any kind of particles or contaminants can easily be fabricated.

Owing to the flexibility of the electrospinning process, electrospun membranes can be designed for targeted liquid filtration applications by properly choosing fiber materials, morphology, and further specific moieties. The addition of functional groups may occur directly into the polymer solution before electrospinning or successively by grafting active species on the fiber surface.

This Special Issue aims to serve as a platform for researchers to share new outputs on electrospun membranes; original research articles, reviews, and case reports are welcomed.

Dr. Peng Gao
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • electrospinning
  • electrospun nanofibers
  • membrane
  • desalination
  • nanowebs
  • polymeric membranes
  • surface properties
  • water treatment

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Preparation and Investigation of Cellulose Acetate/Gelatin Janus Nanofiber Wound Dressings Loaded with Zinc Oxide or Curcumin for Enhanced Antimicrobial Activity
by Tianyue Huang, YuE Zeng, Chaofei Li, Zhengqing Zhou, Yukang Liu, Jie Xu, Lean Wang, Deng-Guang Yu and Ke Wang
Membranes 2024, 14(5), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes14050095 - 23 Apr 2024
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The skin, as the largest organ, serves as a protective barrier against external stimuli. However, when the skin is injured, wound healing becomes a complex process influenced by physiological conditions, bacterial infections, and inflammation. To improve the process of wound healing, a variety [...] Read more.
The skin, as the largest organ, serves as a protective barrier against external stimuli. However, when the skin is injured, wound healing becomes a complex process influenced by physiological conditions, bacterial infections, and inflammation. To improve the process of wound healing, a variety of wound dressings with antibacterial qualities have been created. Electrospun nanofibers have gained significant attention in wound dressing research due to their large specific surface area and unique structure. One interesting method for creating Janus-structured nanofibers is side-by-side electrospinning. This work used side-by-side electrospinning to make cellulose acetate/gelatin Janus nanofibers. Curcumin and zinc oxide nanoparticles were added to these nanofibers. We studied Janus nanofibers’ physicochemical characteristics and abilities to regulate small-molecule medication release. Janus nanofibers coated with zinc oxide nanoparticles and curcumin were also tested for antibacterial activity. The Janus nanofibers with specified physicochemical characteristics were successfully fabricated. Nanofibers released small-molecule medicines in a controlled manner. Additionally, the Janus nanofibers loaded with curcumin exhibited excellent antibacterial capabilities. This research contributes to the development of advanced wound dressings for promoting wound healing and combating bacterial infections. Full article
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