Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Permeability of Electrospun Superhydrophobic Nanofiber Mats

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2012

Abstract

This paper discusses the fabrication and characterization of electrospun nanofiber mats made up of poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) polymer. The polymer was electrospun in different weight concentrations. The mats were characterized by their basis weight, fiber diameter distribution, contact angles, contact angle hysteresis, and air permeability. All of the electrospun nonwoven fiber mats had water contact angles greater than 150 degreesmaking them superhydrophobic. The permeabilities of the mats were empirically fitted to the mat basis weight by a linear relation. The experimentally measured air permeabilities were significantly larger than the permeabilities predicted by the Kuwabara model for fibrous media.

Publication Title

Journal of Nanotechnology

Volume

2012

Issue

1

First Page

1