Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project


Chemical Engineering

Research Sponsor

Dr. George Chase

First Reader

Dr. Edward Evans

Second Reader

Dr. Mike Cheung



The scope of this project is to find the optimal parameters to polarize a nanofiber membrane in a tubular geometry as spun on a metal spring. Several different recipes were tested for electrospinning and polarization. Some recipes proved unable to be electrospun. A polymer solution with 12 weight percent resulted in good fiber formation. The results from the polarization attempts proved inconclusive as the electrostatic surface charge did not appear to change. The readings were taken with an electrostatic field meter. As a future experiment a new measurement technique with a Faraday cage will be utilized.