Paper Title:

Influence of Chitosan on Electrospun PVA Nanofiber Mat

Periodical Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 311 - 313)
Main Theme Advanced Materials and Processes: ADME 2011
Chapter Thin Films
Edited by Zhongning Guo
Pages 1763-1768
DOI 10.4028/
Citation Ziang Yie Jeannie Tan et al., 2011, Advanced Materials Research, 311-313, 1763
Online since August 2011
Authors Ziang Yie Jeannie Tan, Xi Wen Zhang
Keywords Electro-Spinning, Fiber-Bridging Structure, Hydrophilicity, Spider-Net
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Many efforts had been reported to modify the structure of electropun nanofibers in order to obtain superior functional properties of poly(vinyl-alcohol) (PVA). This paper discusses the influence of chitosan on the morphology of electropun PVA nanofibers and their related properties. Spider–net and fiber–bridging structured PVA nanofibers are successfully fabricated by blending with chitosan. Chitosan as natural cationic polysaccharide increases the excess charge of the host polymer PVA. Nanofibers are diverged into thinner nanofibers and a continuous web formed when electrical voltage applied. The presence of additional OH- groups from chitosan and larger surface area of the net structure for hydrogen bonding enhance the hydrophilicity and mechanical properties of the nanofiber mat as compare to pure PVA which are evaluated through water contact angle and tensile testing respectively.