Electrospun polymer nanofibers: the booming cutting edge technology

Prasanth Raghavan, Du-Hyun Lim, Jou-Hyeon Ahn, Changwoon Nah, David Sherrington, Ho-Suk Ryu, Hyo-Jun Ahn

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Abstract

Electrospinning has been recognized as a simple and efficient technique for the fabrication of ultrathin fibers from a variety of materials including polymers, composite and ceramics. Significant progress has been made throughout the past years in electrospinning and the resulting fibrous structures have been exploited in a wide range of potential applications. This article reviews the state-of-art of electrospinning to prepare fibrous electrode materials and polymer electrolytes based on electrospun membranes in the view of their physical and electrochemical properties for the application in lithium batteries. The review covers the electrospinning process, the governing parameters and their influence on fiber or membrane morphology. After a brief discussion of some potential applications associated with the remarkable features of electrospun membranes, we highlight the exploitation of this cutting edge technology in lithium batteries. Finally the article is concluded with some personal perspectives on the future directions in the fascinating field of energy storage
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915–930
Number of pages16
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Volume72
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • electrospinning
  • nanofiber
  • nanofibrous mat
  • separator
  • polymer electrolyte

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