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Issue 43, 2015
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Electrospun composite nanofibres of PVA loaded with nanoencapsulated n-octadecane

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Abstract

In this study composite nanofibres of PVA consisting of polystyrene/n-octadecane nanocapsules were prepared. The n-octadecane present as a core of the nanocapsules acts as a phase change material (PCM) for thermal storage properties. Controlled size nanoencapsulated PCMs were prepared by surfactant free RAFT miniemulsion polymerization of styrene. These nanocapsules were incorporated into nanofibres by electrospinning a mixture of nanocapsule latex containing octadecane as a core and polystyrene (PS) as a shell material with an aqueous solution of poly(vinyl alcohol). The morphology and thermal properties of the resultant PVA nanofibres were studied by field emission scanning microscopy (FE-SEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The composite nanofibres could show a latent heat storage capacity of approx. 4ā€“5 J gāˆ’1. This method offers the opportunity to produce low diameter composite nanofibres with uniform dispersion of encapsulated material for various applications.

Graphical abstract: Electrospun composite nanofibres of PVA loaded with nanoencapsulated n-octadecane

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Submitted
24 Dec 2014
Accepted
08 Apr 2015
First published
08 Apr 2015

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 34377-34382
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Electrospun composite nanofibres of PVA loaded with nanoencapsulated n-octadecane

S. Sirohi, D. Singh, R. Nain, D. Parida, A. K. Agrawal and M. Jassal, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 34377
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA16988C

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