The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "A dispersed phase of CNC aqueous suspension and an immiscible continuous phase of PLA solution comprised the CNC-PLA water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion system. Under a set of specific conditions, the as-spun composite ultrafine fibers assumed core-shell or hollow structures. In these structures, CNCs were aligned along the core in the core-shell case, or on the wall of the hollow cylinder in the hollow fiber case. CNCs act as nucleating agents influencing PLA crystallinity, and improve the strength and stiffness of electrospun composite fibers."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The effects of emulsion droplet size on fiber structural formation and CNC distribution within the electrospun fibers have been carefully examined."
For more information on this research see: Effects of Emulsion Droplet Size on the Structure of Electrospun Ultrafine Biocomposite Fibers with Cellulose Nanocrystals. Biomacromolecules, 2013;14(11):3801-3807. Biomacromolecules can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc,
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