Influence of Salts on the Spinnability of Poly(Ethylene Glycol)


Article Preview

Electrospinning allows producing nanofiber mats from diverse polymers. In “green electrospinning”, aqueous and other non-hazardous solutions are used as spinning solutions, especially for biopolymers. Physical and chemical material properties of the solutions as well as the nanofiber mats can partly be tailored by co-spinning different materials. Especially for smart textile applications, conductive nanofiber mats are of high interest. However, electrospinning from highly conductive solutions is technically impossible. This article thus investigates the influence of different salts on the conductivity of poly(ethylene glycol) solutions and nanofiber mats and gives an estimate for the maximum possible conductivity of an aqueous polymer solution for electrospinning.



Edited by:

Prof. Dong Keon Kim




T. Blomberg et al., "Influence of Salts on the Spinnability of Poly(Ethylene Glycol)", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 878, pp. 313-317, 2018

Online since:

February 2018




* - Corresponding Author

[1] J. E. Fulton, The Stimulation of Postdermal Abarasion Wound Healing with Stabilised Aloe vera Gel-Polythylene Oxide Dressing, The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology 16 (1990) 460-467.


[2] P. Chithra, G. B. Sajithlal, G. Chandrakasan, Influence of Aloe vera on collagen characteristics in healing dermal wounds in rats, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 181 (1998) 71-76.


[3] J. Seymour, Alginate dressings in wound care management, Nurs. Times 93 (1997) 49-52.

[4] H. Serincay, S. Ozkan, N. Yilmaz, S. Kocyigit, I. Uslu, S. Gurcan, M. Arisoy, PVA/PAA-Based Antibacterial Wound Dressing Material with Aloe Vera, Polymer-Plastics Techn. Eng. 52 (2013) 1308-1315.


[5] T. Maver, M. Kurečič, D. Smrke, K. Kleinschek, U. Maver, Electrospun nanofibrous CMC/PEO as a part of an effective pain-relieving wound dressing, J. Sol-Gel-Sci. Techn. 79 (2016), 475-486.


[6] E. J. Lee, J. H. Lee, L. Jin, O. S. Jin, Y. C. Shin, S. J. Oh, J. Lee, S. H. Hyon, D. W. Han, Hyaluronic acid/poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) core/shell fiber meshes loaded with epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate as skin tissue engineering scaffolds, J. Nanoscience Nanotechnology 11 (2014).


[9] T. Grothe, J. Brikmann, H. Meissner, A. Ehrmann, Needleless electrospinning of poly(ethylene oxide), Materials Science, accepted 18-04-(2017).


[8] T. Grothe, J. Brikmann, A. Ehrmann, PEO as spinnable polymer and spinning-agent for non-spinnable materials, Proceedings of Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference, Dresden, November 24-25, (2016).

[9] M. V. Murugendrappa, S. Khasim, M. V. N. Ambika Prasad, Conductivity and DSC studies of poly(ethylene glycol) and its salt complexes, Indian J. Eng. Mater. Sci. 7 (2000) 456-458.