Synthesis, characterization and mechanical properties of nylon-silver composite nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

Lijo Francis, F. Giunco, A. Balakrishnan, E. Marsano

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Abstract

Silver (Ag) nanoparticles (∼3 nm) were synthesized using silver nitrate as the starting precursor, ethylene glycol as solvent and poly (N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) introduced as a capping agent. These nano-Ag particles were reinforced in nylon matrix by electrospinning of nylon-6/Ag solution in 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol and composite nanofibrous membranes were synthesized. The effects of solution concentration and relative humidity (RH) on the resultant fibrous membranes were studied. Scanning electron microscopy and Transmission electron microscopy was used to study the size and morphology of the fibers. It was observed that concentration and RH could be used to modulate the fiber diameter. Tensile test was used to evaluate the mechanical property of these electrospun composite membranes. The composite membranes showed higher strength (approx. 2-3 times increase in strength) compare to as synthesized nylon fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1008
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Applied Physics
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Nanofibers
Silver
silver
mechanical properties
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composite materials
Fibers
Atmospheric humidity
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synthesis
Fibrous membranes
Trifluoroethanol
fibers
humidity
Silver Nitrate

Keywords

  • Fibers
  • Nano-structures
  • Polymer-matrix composites
  • Strength

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Synthesis, characterization and mechanical properties of nylon-silver composite nanofibers prepared by electrospinning. / Francis, Lijo; Giunco, F.; Balakrishnan, A.; Marsano, E.

In: Current Applied Physics, Vol. 10, No. 4, 07.2010, p. 1005-1008.

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