A comprehensive exposition of micro and nanofiber forming, this text provides a unified framework of all these processes (melt and solution blowing, electrospinning, and so on) and describes their foundations, development and applications. It provides an up-to-date, in-depth physical and mathematical treatment, and discusses a wide variety of applications in different fields, including nonwovens, energy, healthcare and the military. It further highlights the challenges and outstanding issues from an interdisciplinary perspective of science and technology, incorporating both fundamentals and applications. Ideal for researchers, engineers and graduate students interested in the formation of micro and nanofibers and their use in functional smart materials.
Alexander L. Yarin is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago and concurrently a Professor of the College of Engineering at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. Behnam Pourdeyhimi is a Distinguished Chaired Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles and the Executive Director of the Nonwovens Institute. Seeram Ramakrishna is a Professor of Materials Engineering and Director of the Center for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology at the National University of Singapore.
1. Introduction; 2. Polymer physics and rheology; 3. General quasi-one-dimensional equations of dynamics of free liquid jets. Capillary and bending instability; 4. Melt and solution blowing; 5. Electrospinning of micro and nanofibers; 6. Additional methods and materials used to form micro and nanofibers; 7. Tensile properties of micro and nanofibers; 8. Post-processing; 9. Applications of micro and nanofibers; 10. Military applications of micro and nanofibers; 11. Applications of micro and nanofibers and micro and nanoparticles: healthcare, nutrition, drug delivery and personal care.