Electrospinning of Polymer Fibres Using Recycled PET

Attila Gergely 1 , József Kántor 2 , Enikő Bitay 3 , 4 , and Domokos Biró 5
  • 1 Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences Târgu Mureș, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • 2 Elitex Prodexim Kft., , Ceuaşu de Câmpie, Romania
  • 3 Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences Târgu Mureș, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • 4 Transilvanian Museum Sociaty, , Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • 5 Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences Târgu Mureș, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Târgu Mureș, Romania

Abstract

The effective recycling of polymer materials remains unresolved to this day, and this has had a devastating effect on the environment. This study examines an alternative method to PET recycling that is the generation of polymer fibers and fiber mats for filtration applications. The electrospinning instrumentation used in this study had to be designed and built in order to carry out the research. We have managed to produce PET fibers with 200-600 nm diameter, and free-standing fiber mats that could potentially be used in filtration applications.

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