Tailored fibro-porous structure of electrospun polyurethane membranes, their size-dependent properties and trans-membrane glucose diffusion


The aim of this study was to develop polyurethane (PU) based fibro-porous membranes and to investigate the size-effect of hierarchical porous structure on permeability and surface properties of the developed electrospun membranes. Non-woven Selectophore™ PU membranes having tailored fibre diameters, pore sizes, and thickness were spun using electrospinning, and their chemical, physical and glucose permeability properties were characterised. Solvents, solution concentration, applied voltage, flow rate and distance to collector, each were systematically investigated, and electrospinning conditions for tailoring fibre diameters were identified. Membranes having average fibre diameters-347, 738 and 1102nm were characterized, revealing average pore sizes of 800, 870 and 1060nm and pore volumes of 44%, 63% and 68% respectively. Hydrophobicity increased with increasing fibre diameter and porosity. Effective diffusion coefficients for glucose transport across the electrospun membranes varied as a function of thickness and porosity, indicating high flux rates for mass transport. Electrospun PU membranes having significantly high pore volumes, extensively interconnected porosity and tailorable properties compared to conventional solvent cast membranes can find applications as coatings for sensors requiring analyte exchange.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2012.09.052
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Funding Information: This research is supported by Brunel University, the Royal Society research Grant ( RG100129 ), the Royal Society-NSFC international joint project Grant ( JP101064 ) and the National Institute of Health (NIH/NIBIB , Grant R01EB001640 ). Appendix A
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrospinning process,Fibro-porous membranes,Glucose diffusion,Selectophore polyurethane,Biochemistry,Materials Science(all),Physical and Theoretical Chemistry,Filtration and Separation
Publication ISSN: 1873-3123
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Published Date: 2013-01-15
Authors: Wang, Ning
Burugapalli, Krishna
Song, Wenhui
Halls, Justin
Moussy, Francis
Zheng, Yudong
Ma, Yanxuan
Wu, Zhentao (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4934-8046)
Li, Kang



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