Multifunctional ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats by an electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process for use in protective applications.

Academic Article


  • ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were prepared by an electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process in which ZnO nanoparticles were dispersed on the surface of Nylon 6 nanofibers without becoming completely embedded. The prepared ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were evaluated for their abilities to kill bacteria or inhibit their growth and to catalytically detoxify chemicals. Results showed that these ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats had excellent antibacterial efficiency (99.99%) against both the Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Bacillus cereus bacteria. In addition, they exhibited good detoxifying efficiency (95%) against paraoxon, a simulant of highly toxic chemicals. ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were also deposited onto nylon/cotton woven fabrics and the nanofiber mats did not significantly affect the moisture vapor transmission rates and air permeability values of the fabrics. Therefore, ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats prepared by the electrospinning-electrospraying hybrid process are promising material candidates for protective applications.
  • Authors

  • Vitchuli, Narendiran
  • Shi, Quan
  • Nowak, Joshua
  • Kay, Kathryn
  • Caldwell, Jane M
  • Breidt, Frederick
  • Bourham, Mohamed
  • McCord, Marian
  • Zhang, Xiangwu
  • Publication Date

  • October 2011
  • Has Subject Area


  • Nylon 6
  • antibacterial
  • detoxification
  • electrospinning
  • electrospraying
  • zinc oxide
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 055004
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 5