Nanocellulose & Bio-nanocomposites
Nanofinishing of Cotton Textiles
Electrospinning of Biopolymers
This project was sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, India during the period March 2012 to December 2014. This was a collaborative project of ICAR-CIRCOT with IIT Madras and a private partner M/s. Physics Instruments Co Ltd., Chennai.
Summary of this project:
The electrospun nanofibers are suitable for applications like ultra filtration membranes, nanocomposites, biosensors, microelectronics, photonics, and blood vessel scaffolds. The nanofibers are traditionally formed in a mat form (non-woven) that is further processed depending on application. Also, the operational parameters may be adjusted to yield the nanoparticles and nanofibers of varying dimensions. In this work, we are planning to optimize the geometry for preparation of core-sheath fibres and hollow fibres using biopolymers like cellulose and its derivatives. Also, the collector geometry will be modified to prepare yarn out of the electrospun nanofibers or a conventional textile yarn coated with nanofibres.