Big Changes with Small Fibres
Photo courtesy of Plant and Food Research, NZ
Nanofibers are extremely fine fibres.
Our fibers are typically 100-300nm in width (a human hair is 50,000 nm wide), and are made from a wide variety of polymers. Electrospinning deposits continuous nanofiber into non-woven mats with features such as:
· Enormous surface area
· High porosity
· Thin and lightweight structure
· Ability to carry functional additives
These small fibers can create big changes in mechanical strength, reactivity, conductivity or resistivity, porosity… and more.
Shown above are nanofibers spun over a single strand of a spider’s web.