Electrospinning Poly(ε-Caprolactone) under controlled environmental conditions : influence on Fiber Morphology and orientation

M. Putti, M. Simonet, R.H.M. Solberg, G.W.M. Peters

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Abstract

Reproducibility is a well-known issue in research involving electrospun materials, and, therefore, it is one of the main obstacles preventing this processing technique to prevail into the industry. Controlling environmental parameters during the electrospinning process helps in drastically reducing variability of results and, at the same time, has a strong impact on fiber characteristics. Using polycaprolactone (PCL) as a model system, in this work we investigated the influence of relative humidity and environmental temperature on the resulting mesh morphology for different PCL solutions. PCL solutions were electrospun on a rotating mandrel, for different rotational speeds and over a broad range of environmental conditions (30%–90% of relative humidity and temperature of 20 °C–40 °C) with different chloroform/tetrahydrofuran ratios in the solvent mixture. In this way we could assess the role of solvent water miscibility in determining surface features. While temperature changes have only a moderate effect on the resulting fibers, relative humidity does not only changes the surface morphology of electrospun fibers, but also the critical rotation speed of the collecting mandrel needed for obtaining alignment. Furthermore, we observed a self-assembled perpendicular monolayer-like fiber architectures when the electrospinning was performed above critical rotation speed required for aligned fibers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
JournalPolymer
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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