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A novel hybrid system for the fabrication of a fibrous mesh with micro-inclusions

Ahmad, B; Gunduz, O; Stoyanov, S; Pelan, E; Stride, E; Edirisinghe, M; (2012) A novel hybrid system for the fabrication of a fibrous mesh with micro-inclusions. Carbohydrate Polymers , 89 (1) 222 - 229. 10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.02.074. Green open access

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Abstract

A novel hybrid system combining microfluidic and co-axial electrospinning techniques has been used to generate different types of fibre structures with varied desirable inclusions using food grade polymers, ethyl cellulose and sodium alginate. The processing conditions in the microfluidic T-junction device, i.e. gas pressure and liquid flow rate were adjusted in order to generate near-monodisperse microbubbles which subsequently serve as a platform for particle generation. These particles exhibit micro-scale diameters and different shapes and some bubbles were incorporated into the fibrous mesh prepared by concurrent electrospinning. The fibre/particle structures obtained with different polymers via this novel method could potentially have many applications in various engineering and biological sectors.

Type: Article
Title: A novel hybrid system for the fabrication of a fibrous mesh with micro-inclusions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.02.074
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.02.074
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Co-axial electrospinning, Microfluidics, Microbubbles, Particles, Fibrous mesh
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370556
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