Bubble Electrospinning and Bubble-Spun Nanofibers

Author(s): Lynn Y. Wan*

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Nanotechnology

Volume 14 , Issue 1 , 2020

Become EABM
Become Reviewer

Graphical Abstract:


Electrospinning is a highly efficient technology for fabrication of a wide variety of polymeric nanofibers. However, the development of traditional needle-based electrospinning has been hampered by its low productivity and need of tedious work dealing with needles cleaning, installation and uninstallation. As one of the most promising needleless electrospinning means, bubble electrospinning is known for its advantages of high productivity and relatively low energy consumption due to the introduction of a third force, air flow, as a major force overcoming the surface tension. In this paper, the restrictions of conventional electrospinning and the advantages of needleless electrospinning, especially the bubble electrospinning were elaborated. Reports and patents on bubble-spun nanofibers with unique surface morphologies were also reviewed in respect of their potential applications.

Keywords: Electrospinning, bubble electrospinning, morphology, application, fabrication, polymer.

Deitzel J, Kleinmeyer J. BeckTan N, Rehrmann J, Tevault D Generation of polymer nanofibers through electrospinning. Army Research Lab Aberdeen Proving Ground Md 1999.
Salem DR. Electrospinning of nanofibers and the charge injection methodNanofibers and nanotechnology in textiles. Cambridge, England: Woodhead Publishing Limited 2007.
Yamashita Y, Ko F, Miyake H, Higashiyama A. Establishment of nanofiber preparation technique by electrospinning. Seni Gakkaishi 2008; 64: 24-8.
Varabhas JS, Chase GG, Reneker DH. Electrospun nanofibers from a porous hollow tube. Polymer (Guildf) 2008; 49: 4226-9.
Varesano A, Carletto RA, Mazzuchetti G. Experimental investigations on the multi-jet electrospinning process. J Mater Process Technol 2009; 209: 5178-85.
Theron SA, Yarin AL, Zussman E, Kroll E. Multiple jets in electrospinning: experiment and modeling. Polymer (Guildf) 2005; 46: 2889-99.
Yang Y, Jia Z, Li Q, Hou L, Guan Z. Electrospun uniform fibres with a special regular hexagon distributed multi-needles system. IOP Publishing 2008; p. 012027.
Tomaszewski W, Szadkowski M. Investigation of electrospinning with the use of a multi-jet electrospinning head. Fibres Text East Eur 2005; 13: 22-6.
Varesano A, Rombaldoni F, Mazzuchetti G, Tonin C, Comotto R. Multi-jet nozzle electrospinning on textile substrates: Observations on process and nanofibre mat deposition. Polym Int 2010.
Dosunmu OO, Chase GG, Kataphinan W, Reneker DH. Electrospinning of polymer nanofibres from multiple jets on a porous tubular surface. Nanotechnology 2006; 17(4): 1123-7.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/17/4/046] [PMID: 21727391]
Lu B, Wang Y, Liu Y, et al. Superhigh-throughput needleless electrospinning using a rotary cone as spinneret. Small 2010; 6(15): 1612-6.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smll.201000454] [PMID: 20602427]
Wang X, Niu H, Lin T, Wang X. Needleless electrospinning of nanofibers with a conical wire coil. Polym Eng Sci 2009; 49: 1582-6.
Yarin AL, Zussman E. Upward needleless electrospinning of multiple nanofibers. Polymer (Guildf) 2004; 45: 2977.
Lukas D, Sarkar A, Pokorny P. Self-organization of jets in electrospinning from free liquid surface: A generalized approach. J Appl Phys 2008; 103: 084309-7.
Petrik S, Maly M. Production Nozzle-Less Electrospinning Nanofiber Technology. In: Fall MRS Symposium. Boston, MA2009. 2009.
Wu D, Huang X, Lai X, Sun D, Lin L. High throughput tip-less electrospinning via a circular cylindrical electrode. J Nanosci Nanotechnol 2010; 10(7): 4221-6.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2010.2194] [PMID: 21128403]
Qiang J, Wan YQ, Yang LN, Cao QQ. Effect of ultrasonic vibration on structure and performance of electrospun PAN fibrous membrane. J Nano Res 2013; 23: 96-103.
Wan YQ, He JH, Yu JY. Carbon nanotube-reinforced polyacrylonitrile nanofibers by vibration-electrospinning. Polym Int 2007; 56: 1367-70.
He JH, Wan YQ, Yu JY. Application of vibration technology to polymer electrospinning. Int J Nonlinear Sci Numer Simul 2004; 5: 253-62.
Cao Q, Wan Y, Qiang J, et al. Effect of sonication treatment on electrospinnability of high-viscosity PAN solution and mechanical performance of microfiber mat. Iran Polym J 2014; 23: 947-53.
Liu HY, Kong HY, Wang MZ, He JH. Lightning-like charged jet cascade in bubble electrospinning with ultrasonic vibration. J Nano Res 2014; pp. 111-9.
Liu Y, He J-H. Bubble electrospinning for mass production of nanofibers. Int J Nonlinear Sci Numer Simul 2007; 8: 393-6.
Chen R, Wan Y, Si N, He J-H, Ko F, Wang S-Q. Bubble rupture in bubble electrospinning. Therm Sci 2015; 19: 1141-9.
He J-H, Liu Y. Control of bubble size and bubble number in bubble electrospinning. Comput Math Appl 2012; 64: 1033-5.
Liu FJ, Li SK, Zheng FF, et al. Bubble spinning device and bubble spinning method for preparing nano-porous fibers Chinese Patent 105369368A. 2015.
Kong H-Y, He J-H, Chen R-X. Polymer liquid membrane for nanofiber fabrication. Therm Sci 2013; 17: 1479-82.
Kong HY, He JH. A Modified bubble electrospinning for fabrication of nanofibers. J Nano Res 2013; 23: 125-8.
He JH, Liu P, He CH. Multi-nozzle airflow and air bubble spinning device Chinese Patent 105734690B. 2016.
Li Z-B, Liu H-Y, Dou H. On air blowing direction in the blown bubble-spinning. Materia (Rio J) 2014; 19: 345-9.
Chen R-X, Li Y, He J-H. Bubbfil spinning for mass-production of nanofibers. Therm Sci 2014; 18: 1718-9.
He C-H, Li X-W, Liu P, Li Y. Bubbfil spinning for fabrication of PVA nanofibers. Therm Sci 2015; 19: 743-6.
He J-H. An elementary introduction to recently developed asymptotic methods and nanomechanics in textile engineering. Int J Mod Phys B 2008; 22: 3487-578.
Liu Y-Q, Zhao L, He J-H. Nanoscale multi-phase flow and its application to control nanofiber diameter. Therm Sci 2018; 22: 43-6.
Tian D, Zhou C-J, He J-H. Strength of bubble walls and the Hall-Petch effect in bubble-spinning Text Res J 2018. 0040517518770679
Peng N-B, Liu Y-Q, Xu L, Si N, Liu F-J, He J-H. A rachford-rice like equation for solvent evaporation in the bubble electrospinning. Therm Sci 2018; 22: 1679-83.
Ren Z-F, Kong F-Z, Wang F-Y, Hu G-F. Effect of bubble size on nanofiber diameter in bubble electrospinning. Therm Sci 2016; 20: 845-8.
Lee JS, Weon BM, Park SJ, Je JH, Fezzaa K, Lee W-K. Size limits the formation of liquid jets during bubble bursting. Nat Commun 2011; 2: 367.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms1369] [PMID: 21694715]
Wang F-Y, He J-H, Sun Q-L, Yu J. Improvement of air permeability of bubbfil nanofiber membrane. Therm Sci 2018; 22: 17-21.
Liu P, He J-H. Geometric potential: an explanation of nanofiber’s wettability. Therm Sci 2018; 22: 33-8.
Liu Y-Q, Feng J-W, Zhang C-C, Teng Y, Liu Z, He J-H. Air permeability of nanofiber membrane with hierarchical structure. Therm Sci 2018; 22: 1637-43.
Ko FK, Wan Y. Introduction to nanofiber materials. Cambridge University Press 2014.
Nabet B. When is Small Good? On Unusual Electronic Properties of Nanowires. In: PA-19104, (ed) Philadelphia. 2002.
El-Aufy A, Nabet B, Ko F. Carbon Nanotube Reinforced (PEDT/ PAN) Nanocomposite for Wearable Electronics. Polymer Prepr 2003; 44: 134-5.
Liu YQ, HE CH, Li XX, et al. Fabrication of beltlike fibers by electrospinning. Polymers 2018; 10: 1087.
Kong H-Y, He J-H. Superthin combined PVA-graphene film. Therm Sci 2012; 16: 1560-1.
Chen R-X, Zhang L, Kong H-Y, He J-H, Chen Y. Mechanism of nanofiber crimp. Therm Sci 2013; 17: 1473-7.
Li XX, Li YY, Li Y, et al. Gecko-like adhesion in the electrospinning process. Res Phy 2020; 16 102899
Shao Z, Song Y, Xu L. Formation mechanism of highly aligned ananofibers by a modified bubble electrospinning. Therm Sci 2018; 22.
Liu H-Y, Li Z-M, Li K-J, Li Y, Li X-W. A novel method for fabrication of fascinated nanofiber yarns. Therm Sci 2015; 19: 1331-5.

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2020
Page: [10 - 13]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/1872210513666191007114022
Price: $65

Article Metrics

PDF: 14
PRC: 2