Microscale polymeric helical structures produced by electrospinning

Kessick, Royal; Tepper, Gary
June 2004
Applied Physics Letters;6/7/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 23, p4807
Academic Journal
Microscale helical coils consisting of a composite of one conducting and one nonconducting polymer were produced using electrospinning. The nonconducting polymer was poly(ethylene oxide) and the conducting polymer was poly(aniline sulfonic acid). The coil structures were studied over a range of processing conditions and fiber composition. The data suggest that the helical structures are formed due to viscoelastic contraction upon partial neutralization of the charged fibers. Polymeric microcoils may find applications in microelectromechanical systems, advanced optical components, and drug delivery systems. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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