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New Electro-Blowing Needleless Multi-Jet – More Efficient Nanofibre Production Can Expand the Applicability of Nanomaterials
Date:3/28/2013

(PRWEB) March 28, 2013

Scientists from Contipro have managed to significantly increase the efficiency of nanofibre production. Thanks to efforts to develop technology capable of producing nanofibres from materials which are hard to spin, a jet has been created which is two to seven times more productive, depending on the solution used.

The exceptional properties of nanomaterials make them suited to use in many fields, from medicine to environmental applications. However, widespread use is hindered by the high price of nanomaterials compared with bulk materials. As a result, nanomaterials are used only where the benefits of their properties outweigh the price. This situation could soon be improved thanks to a new discovery by Contipro.

While the most common industrial method of nanofibre production relies on the formation of nanofibres from a polymer solely in a high electrostatic field, the patented needleless multi-jet also supports the formation of fibres by a heated air stream flowing around the jet. This makes it possible not only to obtain nanofibres, for example, from overly viscous solutions or solutions with a very high proportion of solvent, but also significantly increases jet productivity and cuts the cost of nanomaterial production.

“We originally intended to create a jet that would enable us to handle new types of materials for medicine. Soon, however, it became clear from laboratory comparisons that our method was much more efficient than the current most widespread nanofibre production method. Moreover, our solution allows for precisely controlled conditions around the jet, enabling us to achieve much stable parameters of nanofibres produced in longer-lasting processes. And because nanofibres are thousands of times finer than a human hair, I’m sure you can imagine that ev
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