The electrospinning process, conditions and control
B. Robb and B. Lennox, The University of Manchester, UK
Electrospinning is a process that uses an electric potential to overcome the surface tension of a solution to produce an ultra-fine jet, which elongates, thins and solidifies as it travels through the electric field to a collector. Despite being a relatively simple procedure to undertake in a laboratory as it requires minimal equipment, the physics behind the process is complex. To gain an understanding of all the variables and interactions involved in electrospinning, consideration must be given to polymer chemistry, electric field interactions, fluid mechanics, environmental conditions and kinetics. This chapter will ...