Atmospheric Plasma Treatment of Pre-Electrospinning Polymer Solution: A Feasible Method to Improve Electrospinnability

Academic Article


  • AbstractThe electrospinnability of polyethylene oxide (PEO) was manipulated by atmospheric plasma treatment of pre‐electrospinning solutions. Conductivity, viscosity, and surface tension of PEO solutions increased after plasma treatment, and the plasma effect remained longer when the solution concentrate increased. Both untreated and treated solutions were then electrospun, and the morphology of the resultant nanofibers was observed by SEM. Atmospheric plasma treatment improved the electrospinnability of PEO solutions and led to less beads and finer diameter distribution in the resultant nanofibers. Additionally, plasma treatment of the pre‐electrospinning solutions affected the crystal structure of resultant nanofibers. These results suggest that atmospheric plasma treatment is a feasible approach to improve the electrospinnability of polymer solutions and can used to control the structure of electrospun nanofibers. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2011
  • Authors

  • Shi, Quan
  • Vitchuli, Narendiran
  • Nowak, Joshua
  • Lin, Zhan
  • Guo, Bingkun
  • McCord, Marian
  • Bourham, Mohamed
  • Zhang, Xiangwu
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 15, 2011
  • Has Subject Area


  • atmospheric plasma
  • electrospinning
  • fibers
  • melting point
  • nanofibers
  • poly(ethylene oxide)
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 115
  • End Page

  • 122
  • Volume

  • 49
  • Issue

  • 2