Discipline: Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
Subcategory: Materials Science
Aurelie Niyongabo - Binghamton University
Co-Author(s): Anting Chen, William Bernier, and Wayne Jones, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Fluorescent conjugated polymers are important to our biological and environmental systems because of their ability to act as chemosensors to detect metal cations. Previously, electrospun fibers of synthesized FCP, tmeda-PPETE, were made in a poly (methyl methacrylate) matrix. The electrospinning process produced solid state fibers by applying high voltages between the needle-tip containing polymer solution and the collector. Electrospun fibers of tmeda-PPETE in new polymer matrix blend of PMMA and poly vinyl acetate (PVAc), were produced in order to investigate its surface morphology and diameter size. Scanning Electron Microscopy results were used to determine the surface morphology and a trend in diameter size.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program under Award Number 1263004. The Army Research Office (ARO) W911NF1310235.
Faculty Advisor: Wayne E. Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: I did the electrospinning which produces the nanofibers. The electrospinning process is done by applying high voltage between the needle-tip containing a polymer solution and the collector. I also prepared the polymer solution made of varying concentrations of poly (methyl methacrylate) and poly (vinyl acetate) to produce a blend of fibers.