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Electrospinning of Ultrahigh-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Nanofibers

  • Dmitry M. Rein (a1), Yachin Cohen (a2), Avner Ronen (a3), Eyal Zussman (a4) and Kim Shuster (a5)...

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The electrospinning method was employed to fabricate extremely fine nanofibers of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for the first time, using a mixture of solvents with different dielectric constant and conductivity. A novel experimental device for elevated temperature electrospinning of highly volatile and quickly crystallizing polymer solutions and melts was developed. The possibility to produce the highly oriented nanofibers from ultra-high molecular weight polymers suggests new ways for fabrication of ultra-strong, porous, surface modified fibers and single-component nanocomposite yarn with improved properties.

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Electrospinning of Ultrahigh-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Nanofibers

  • Dmitry M. Rein (a1), Yachin Cohen (a2), Avner Ronen (a3), Eyal Zussman (a4) and Kim Shuster (a5)...

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