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Multifunctional ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats by an electrospinning - electrospraying hybrid process for use in protective applications

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ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were prepared by an electrospinning–electrospraying hybrid process in which ZnO nanoparticles were dispersed on the surface of Nylon 6 nanofibers without becoming completely embedded. The prepared ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were evaluated for their abilities to kill bacteria or inhibit their growth and to catalytically detoxify chemicals. Results showed that these ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats had excellent antibacterial efficiency (99.99%) against both the Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Bacillus cereus bacteria. In addition, they exhibited good detoxifying efficiency (95%) against paraoxon, a simulant of highly toxic chemicals. ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats were also deposited onto nylon/cotton woven fabrics and the nanofiber mats did not significantly affect the moisture vapor transmission rates and air permeability values of the fabrics. Therefore, ZnO/Nylon 6 nanofiber mats prepared by the electrospinning–electrospraying hybrid process are promising material candidates for protective applications.
Vitchuli, Narendiran , Shi, Quan , Nowak, Joshua , Kay, Kathryn , Caldwell, Jane M. , Breidt, Frederick , Bourham, Mohamed , McCord, Marian , Zhang, Xiangwu
Escherichia coli , air , antibacterial properties , cotton fabric , detoxification (processing) , nanofibers , nanoparticles , nylon , paraoxon , permeability , protective clothing , vapors , zinc oxide
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Science and technology of advanced materials 2011 Oct., v. 12, no. 5
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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