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Pulsed Electric Fields on Poly-l-(lactic acid) Melt Electrospun Fibers

Xie, Gai, Wang, Yan, Han, Xiaotian, Gong, Yan, Wang, Jiping, Zhang, Jianming, Deng, Depeng, Liu, Yong
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016 v.55 no.26 pp. 7116-7123
crystal structure, electric field, engineering, melting, pulsed electric fields
In order to overcome the difficulty of reducing fiber diameters during melt electrospinning, a pulsed electric field is applied. The effect of the frequency and duty cycle of the pulsed electric field on the fiber diameter, crystallinity, and molecular orientation was studied. Results revealed that the diameter of the poly-l-(lactic acid) (PLLA) melt electrospun fiber was reduced by this pulsed electric field, especially at higher frequencies, and the finest fiber was obtained at a duty cycle of 29.8% and a frequency of 1 kHz. Both constant and pulsed electric fields can lead to a high molecular orientation in electrospun fibers, particularly in the crystalline regions. In addition, the molecular orientation and crystallinity of the fibers can also be improved by increasing the frequency and duty cycle of the pulsed power. Of note, fibers with multiple necking structures were interestingly observed at field frequencies of 8 and 10 kHz at the microfiber scale.