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Fabrication of nanoscale glass fibers by electrospinning

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5 Author(s)
Praeger, M. ; Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom ; Saleh, E. ; Vaughan, A. ; Stewart, W.J.
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We report the experimental realization of glass nanofibers by electrospinning directly from a melt, demonstrating the viability of electrospinning fibers from non-polymer materials with high melting temperatures and higher surface tensions. The nanofiber material (B2O3) is molten on the tip of a gold wire, and voltage applied to the tip causes a jet to form, resulting in solid glass fibers with diameters of ∼100 nm.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:100 ,  Issue: 6 )