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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter November 26, 2020

Water uptake of various electrospun nonwovens

  • Katharina Wulf EMAIL logo , Volkmar Senz , Thomas Eickner and Sabine Illner


In recent years, nanofiber based materials have emerged as especially interesting for several biomedical applications, regarding their high surface to volume ratio. Due to the superficial nano- and microstructuring and the different wettability compared to nonstructured surfaces, the water absorption is an important parameter with respect to the degradation stability, thermomechanic properties and drug release properties, depending on the type of polymer [1]. In this investigation, the water absorption of different non- and plasma modified biostable nanofiber nonwovens based on polyurethane, polyester and polyamide were analysed and compared. Also, the water absorption by specified water wetting, the contact angle and morphology changes were examined. The results show that the water uptake is highly dependent on the surface modification and the polymer composition itself and can therefore be partially changed.

Published Online: 2020-11-26
Published in Print: 2020-09-01

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