Electrospinning is an inexpensive technique that is used to produce nanofibers for a variety of applications. In electrospinning, a polymer solution is dispensed from a hypodermic-like syringe where an intense electric field attracts the solution to a collector while drawing the polymer into a very thin fiber. The diameter of the fiber can be controlled by tuning the process parameters such as the applied electric field, solution flow rate, distance between syringe tip and collector, and the collector geometry. In this paper we describe results from electrospinning poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), a likely candidate for applications involving scaffolding for tissue engineering. The PEO nanofibers were fabricated from different polymer solution concentrations ranging from 14% - 22% (by weight). Each sample was then imaged using a scanning electron microscope. The morphology of the fibers produced from varying solution concentrations is discussed.
Schneider, H. E.; Steuber, J. G.; Du, W.; Mortazavi, M.; and Bullock, D. W.
"Polyethylene Oxide Nanofiber Production by Electrospinning,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 70
, Article 35.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol70/iss1/35