Mechanism study of heat stabilization of polyacrylonitrile nanofibers against alkaline hydrolysis

Ka I. Lee, Jianhua Li, Bin Fei, John Haozhong Xin

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Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were produced by electrospinning, then heated to crosslink and stabilize their morphology. The properties of resultant nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and solvent extraction. The FTIR spectra of heated PAN revealed three simultaneous reactions within nanofibers: dehydrogenation, cyclization, and carbonylation. Their stabilization kinetics was different from the microfibers. The gel fraction results of extraction in DMF indicated the crosslinking degree resulted from the heat treatment. The SEM observation confirmed the integrity of nanofibers after alkaline hydrolysis. These finely modified PAN nanofibers have potential applications such as superabsorbent and artificial muscles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Alkaline hydrolysis
  • Electrospinning
  • FTIR
  • Heat stabilization
  • Nanofibers
  • Polyacrylonitrile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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