FURI | Spring 2019

Development of Electrospun Nanofiber Nanoparticle Composites

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The research question being explored in this report is whether or not electrospun nanofiber nanoparticle composites (ENNCs) with high loading capacities can be formulated and thermally annealed to form defect free mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) with applications in chemical separations. The general format of the research consists of formulating and testing out recipes for ENNCs, and then annealing these into MMMs that can be examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Recipes that produce defect free membranes are then reattempted with higher particle loading percentages.

Student researcher

Arjun Gupta

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2020