Fabrication of free-standing ordered fluorescent polymer nanofibres by electrospinning

J. R. Y. Stevenson*, S. Lattante, P. Andre, M. Anni, G. A. Turnbull

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Abstract

We demonstrate a static fabrication approach to make free-standing ordered arrays of fluorescent nanofibres through control of the transverse electrospinning field. The alignment and the density of the nanofibre arrays are optimised by careful design of both the source and collector electrode geometries which can control the transverse electric field over the full path of the jet. In doing so, we fabricate suspended fluorescent nanofibres with an aspect ratio of 10(4), and with a substantially increased density and order parameter (by a factor of similar to 10 compared to random deposition). Electrostatic modelling suggests that the field distribution of the component is the main contribution to the ordering between the plates. This method offers increased efficiency for the creation of ordered fibres collected over a small area and the characterisation of their photoluminescent properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173301
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • Arrays

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