A comprehensive review of electrospinning block copolymers

Abstract

Electrospinning provides a versatile and cost-effective route for the generation of continuous nanofibres with high surface area-to-volume ratio from various polymers. In parallel, block copolymers (BCPs) are promising candidates for many diverse applications, where nanoscale operation is exploited, owing to their intrinsic self-assembling behaviour at these length scales. Judicious combination of BCPs (with their ability to make nanosized domains at equilibrium) and electrospinning (with its ability to create nano- and microsized fibres and particles) allows one to create BCPs with high surface area-to-volume ratio to deliver higher efficiency or efficacy in their given application. Here, we give a comprehensive overview of the wide range of reports on BCP electrospinning with focus placed on the use of molecular design alongside control over specific electrospinning type and post-treatment methodologies to control the properties of the resultant fibrous materials. Particular attention is paid to the applications of these materials, most notably, their use as biomaterials, separation membranes, sensors, and electronic materials.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C8SM02484G
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Condensed Matter Physics
Publication ISSN: 1744-6848
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2019-03-04
Published Online Date: 2019-03-04
Accepted Date: 2019-03-02
Authors: Chen, Lei
Wang, Shuo
Yu, Qianqian
Topham, Paul D. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-6976)
Chen, Changzhong
Wang, Linge

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