College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 17:40:01


Chemical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


Piezoelectric polymer materials such as polyvinylidene fluoride exhibit beneficial properties for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) against viral contaminants and other foreign microparticles. The electrospinning process of this material allows for surface charge to develop over a controlled surface area. Kynar 761 at 10 wt% demonstrates increased surface charge after withstanding a flow of aerated NaCl particles from a TSI 8130 instrument. Utilizing voltage measurements from a Faraday bucket, 18 wt% Kynar 761 and MG-15 exhibit surface charge when undergoing an electrospinning process; however, Kynar MG-15 displays lower charge values than that of Kynar 761. Several critical factors such as fiber diameter, porosity, mat thickness, and backbone structure influence the strengths of unique properties within PVDF based on desired applications.

Research Sponsor

Prof. George G. Chase

First Reader

Prof. Bi-min Zhang Newby

Second Reader

Dr. Harshal Gade

Honors Faculty Advisor

Prof. Bi-min Zhang Newby



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