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Sustainable Electrospinning: Challenges, Opportunities and Applications
Electrospinning is often far removed from a green and environment-friendly process, as it employs solvents with issues such as high flammability, toxicity, difficult disposal, or energy-intensive synthesis. In order to render electrospinning more attractive as a commercial technique and further improve scalability, solvent/polymer alternatives and other green routes have to be established, which adhere to societal and legal restrictions especially in regard to the environmental and health impact. The focus of this work is set on the sustainable nature of the polymers and solvents or solvent mixtures used in solutions, emulsions, suspensions, and in situ cross-linking electrospinning.

Jan 30, 2023 03:00 PM in Prague Bratislava

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Gordon Herwig, PhD
PostDoc / Project Lead @Empa - Materials Science and Technology
Gordon Herwig conducted his doctoral research on 3D-printable biodegradable polymers with support by The Leverhulme Trust at the University of Warwick, UK. After receiving his PhD in 2019, he joined the Empa Laboratories in St. Gallen under supervision of Prof. Dr René M. Rossi, where he leads the research within industrial projects, employing electrospinning and coating strategies for functional textiles, controlled release and particle filtration applications. His research focus lies on functional nanofiber membranes produced by pilot-scale needleless electrospinning, using biocompatible materials, sustainable solvents and functional additives.