Abstract Title

Investigating Electrospun Fibers Containing Dyes

Abstract

Increasing research on micro-scale fibers formed by electrospinning is driven by their unique physical properties such as structural integrity, flexibility, and large surface-area-to-volume ratios. Dyes are widely used in the textile industry, as well as in food science, and display applications. In this work, we incorporate dyes into micro-scale fibers by electrospinning a homogeneous solution of polymer and dye dissolved in a common solvent. We study the response of certain fibers to the polarization of light, changes in temperature, chemical vapors and changes in pH. Because of the flexibility and large surface-area-to-volume ratios of the fibers, these composite fibers containing dyes could potentially be useful in a wide range of applications including flexible or wearable sensors.

Modified Abstract

Increasing research on micro-scale fibers formed by electrospinning is driven by their unique physical properties such as structural integrity, flexibility, and large surface-area-to-volume ratios. Dyes have been widely used in the textile industry, as well as in food science, and display applications. In this work, we study the properties of electrospun polymer microfibers containing dyes. We also study the response of the fibers to polarized light and changes in temperature, among other things, which may indicate the utility of these fibers in making flexible, wearable sensors.

Research Category

Physics/Chemisty/Liquid Crystal

Primary Author's Major

Physics

Mentor #1 Information

Junren Wang

Mentor #2 Information

John L. West

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation | Medical Biophysics | Polymer and Organic Materials | Polymer Science

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Investigating Electrospun Fibers Containing Dyes

Increasing research on micro-scale fibers formed by electrospinning is driven by their unique physical properties such as structural integrity, flexibility, and large surface-area-to-volume ratios. Dyes are widely used in the textile industry, as well as in food science, and display applications. In this work, we incorporate dyes into micro-scale fibers by electrospinning a homogeneous solution of polymer and dye dissolved in a common solvent. We study the response of certain fibers to the polarization of light, changes in temperature, chemical vapors and changes in pH. Because of the flexibility and large surface-area-to-volume ratios of the fibers, these composite fibers containing dyes could potentially be useful in a wide range of applications including flexible or wearable sensors.