Electrospinning of Polymer Systems

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Processing and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 609

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School of Emergent Soft Matter, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
Interests: soft matter; block copolymers; polymer characterization; small-angle X-ray scattering; electrospinning; tissue engineering; drug delivery; polymer vesicles; polymeric optical film; thermal energy storage materials

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Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Interests: polymer science; synthesis; block copolymer self-assembly; organic photovoltaics; polymer nanotechnology; electrospinning
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School of Emergent Soft Matter, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
Interests: biomaterials; nanomedicine; electrospinning; tissue engineering; drug delivery; cancer therapy

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Dear Colleagues,

Electrospinning is a fascinating technology that has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a simple method for producing exquisite polymer nanofibers. It is a process that uses an electric force to create ultrafine fibres from a polymer solution. These resulting fibres have controllable morphology with a high surface area-to-volume ratio, rendering them useful in a wide variety of applications such as smart fabrics, filtration, tissue engineering, drug delivery, cancer therapy, to name but a few. In addition to its biomedical applications, electrospinning has also been explored in the fields of electronics and energy. For example, electrospinning can be used to create nanofibers for use in batteries and fuel cells, as well as for producing high-performance sensors and electronic devices.

Thus, we have created a Special Issue with the topic "Electrospinning of Polymer Systems" which is available to academics and scientists from all over the world who want to contribute to polymer science with a broad scope encompassing the design, fabrication, modification, and/or application of polymeric nanofibres, including polymeric blends and polymer composites, for a variety of applications such as biomedical, smart fabrics, catalysis, tissue engineering, filtration, etc. Electrospinning processing and subsequent characterization (chemical, physical, thermal, mechanical and performance properties) of polymer systems are considered.

The scope of the Special Issue will be broad, with a focus on the design and fabrication of polymer nano- and microfibres via electrospinning for cutting-edge applications.

Prof. Dr. Linge Wang
Prof. Dr. Paul Topham
Dr. Qianqian Yu
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Keywords

  • electrospinning
  • polymer nanofibres
  • nanofibrous membranes
  • biomedicine and healthcare
  • tissue engineering
  • drug delivery
  • fuel cells and thermal storage
  • textiles and fabrics
  • sensors
  • hybrid materials

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Bilayer Scaffolds of PLLA/PCL/CAB Ternary Blend Films and Curcumin-Incorporated PLGA Electrospun Nanofibers: The Effects of Polymer Compositions and Solvents on Morphology and Molecular Interactions
by Areeya Tuanchai, Phakanan Iamphring, Pattaraporn Suttaphakdee, Medta Boupan, Jaroslav Mikule, Juan Pablo Pérez Aguilera, Patnarin Worajittiphon, Yujia Liu, Gareth Michael Ross, Stepan Kunc, Petr Mikeš, Masafumi Unno and Sukunya Ross
Polymers 2024, 16(12), 1679; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16121679 - 13 Jun 2024
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Tissue engineering scaffolds have been dedicated to regenerating damaged tissue by serving as host biomaterials for cell adhesion, growth, differentiation, and proliferation to develop new tissue. In this work, the design and fabrication of a biodegradable bilayer scaffold consisting of a ternary PLLA/PCL/CAB [...] Read more.
Tissue engineering scaffolds have been dedicated to regenerating damaged tissue by serving as host biomaterials for cell adhesion, growth, differentiation, and proliferation to develop new tissue. In this work, the design and fabrication of a biodegradable bilayer scaffold consisting of a ternary PLLA/PCL/CAB blend film layer and a PLGA/curcumin (CC) electrospun fiber layer were studied and discussed in terms of surface morphology, tensile mechanical properties, and molecular interactions. Three different compositions of PLLA/PCL/CAB—60/15/25 (TBF1), 75/10/15 (TBF2), and 85/5/10 (TBF3)—were fabricated using the solvent casting method. The electrospun fibers of PLGA/CC were fabricated using chloroform (CF) and dimethylformamide (DMF) co-solvents in 50:50 and 60:40 volume ratios. Spherical patterns of varying sizes were observed on the surfaces of all blend films—TBF1 (17–21 µm) > TBF2 (5–9 µm) > TBF3 (1–5 µm)—caused by heterogeneous surfaces inducing bubble nucleation. The TBF1, TBF2, and TBF3 films showed tensile elongation at break values of approximately 170%, 94%, and 43%, respectively. The PLGA/CC electrospun fibers fabricated using 50:50 CF:DMF had diameters ranging from 100 to 400 nm, which were larger than those of the PLGA fibers (50–200 nm). In contrast, the PLGA/CC electrospun fibers fabricated using 60:40 CF:DMF had diameters mostly ranging from 200 to 700 nm, which were larger than those of PLGA fibers (200–500 nm). Molecular interactions via hydrogen bonding were observed between PLGA and CC. The surface morphology of the bilayer scaffold demonstrated adhesion between these two solid surfaces resembling “thread stitches” promoted by hydrophobic interactions, hydrogen bonding, and surface roughness. Full article
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