By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- New research on Polymer Research is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Clemson, South Carolina, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "A statically non-wetting highly hydrophobic fibrous surface was generated from biphenyl perfluorocyclobutyl aryl ether polymer (BP-PFCB) by electrospinning. The optimization of solution parameters, which include concentration of the solution and number-average molecular weight of the polymer, was followed by optimization of the instrumental parameters, which include flow rate, inter-electrode voltage and inter-electrode distance."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Clemson University, "Varying these parameters resulted in different degrees of hydrophobicity on the generated surfaces. The degree of hydrophobicity was determined by measuring static water contact angles. The effects of these variations in electrospinning parameters on the thickness of the fibers constituting the surface were also observed. It was found that the hydrophobic nature of the electrospun fibrous surface of BP-PFCB depended on two factors: fluorine concentration and thickness of the fibers. During the optimization of the parameters, three different morphological regimes, namely beads, beaded fibers and fibers, were observed."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The fine tuning of electrospinning parameters eventually produced a statically non-wetting, highly hydrophobic surface which predominantly consisted of an intricate network of nanoscale fibers."
For more information on this research see: Optimized statically non-wetting hydrophobic electrospun surface of perfluorocyclobutyl aryl ether polymer. Polymer International, 2013;62(8):1152-1158. Polymer International can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Polymer International - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-0126)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Verma, Clemson University, Center Opt Mat Sci & Engn, COMSET, Clemson, SC 29631, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Creager, J. Ballato and D.W. Smith.
Keywords for this news article include: Clemson, United States, South Carolina, Polymer Research, North and Central America
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