One-step fabrication of branched poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers by magnetic coaxial electrospinning

H. Wu, Jintu Fan, X. Wan, N. Du

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Branching has been emerging in 3-D interconnecting building blocks. Branched and hyperbranched poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofibers were fabricated by coaxially electrospinning two-liquids under an alternating magnetic field in a facile manner. Both the PVA nanofiber trunks with diameter of 100-200 nm and the PVA nanofiber branches with diameter of 10-30 nm were formed in a single step. The length and the morphology of the branched PVA nanofibers could be controlled through a rational design of the magnetic field. The facile technique may readily be extended to prepare 3-D branched nanofibers from other materials such as various polymers and polymer-ceramic materials. Moreover, the multifunctional and multicomponent materials with branched nanostructure could be expected by using the magnetic coaxial electrospinning technique. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1429
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2012


  • branched
  • electrospinning
  • nanofibers
  • nanotechnology
  • poly(vinyl alcohol)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Chemistry(all)


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