Electrospinning pH-responsive block copolymer nanofibers

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Electrospinng of a fibrous triblock copolymer consisting of poly(methyl methacrylate-block-poly[2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate]-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA-b-PDEA-b-PMMA) has been discussed. A mixed co-solvent system of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dimethylformamide (DMF) was used to electrospin fibrous PMMA-b-PDEA-b-PMMA and its influence on surface morphology and diameter of the electrospun fiber was also investigated in an attempt to control the fiber diameter. The concentration range between 20 and 40 wt % was found suitable for electrospinning of PMMA-b-PDEA-b-PMMA in a THF/DMF system. It was also observed that the average fiber diameter decreased as the content of DMF was increased. A significant decrease in fiber diameter was observed when moving from a THF solution to a THF/DMF system at a ratio of 70:30.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3544-3548
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume19
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2007

    Keywords

  • actuators , block copolymers , electrospinning, nanofibers

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