The Carleton University Electrospinning Nanofibers team is a fourth year Capstone Engineering Project run by undergraduate Engineering Physics students. Our team is looking to produce an electrospinning system capable of mass producing nanofibers at low cost.
In a literal sense, nanofibers are tiny strings that are around a thousand times smaller than a strand of human hair! These are created by subjecting fluid material such as liquid nylon or silicon to a very high voltage field, upwards of 30 kilovolts in a process known as electrospinning. Once this voltage is applied nanofibers start streaming from the liquid and can then be gathered on a collector plate.
Once gathered these nanofibers can be overlapped to create meshes that have some very interesting applications. These meshes will have tiny pores in them due to the nanoscale material that it is composed of. The pore size can be controlled, but in general can be used to block materials such as bacteria and water but allow oxygen to pass. This has a massive effect in the medial industry. Impenetrable bandages, kidney filtering devices and heart condition monitors can all be made by using nanofibers or nanofiber meshes.
We know that our research will influence the mass use of nanofibers in our everyday lives, allowing them to be more accessible to groups that need them and provide a viable alternative to current techniques.
Currently mass producing nanofibers has some issues. There are no market techniques that allow for a cheap way to produce fibers quickly and easily. Modern systems address the mass production issue by immense scaling up, but this is not a sustainable solution and is much too costly.
Our team is looking to solve this problem by developing new electrospinning techniques to manufacture as many fibers as possible in a much smaller area, allowing for this process to be scaled up much more efficiently and yield better results overall.
The Carleton University Electrospinning Nanofibers team is confident that with your help we can solve the mass production problem and allow for cheaper and more efficient set ups to be sold to researchers or other interest groups for fractions of the current costs.
We are aiming to raise $1500.00, which will cover the cost of equipment and chemicals we require. All other facilities and equipment are available to the team through Carleton University.
Funds raised will be distributed as follows:
• 35% for Chemicals needed to produce fibers
• 30% for equipment to build a High Voltage Power Supply
• 25% for materials to create the experimental set up
• 10% for Safety equipment
Our team greatly appreciates any support you can provide. Any donation no matter the size will go a long way in helping to make this project a success!
This project is at its core an academic collaboration between Carleton University students and professors. This project aims to combine all of our knowledge gained over the past four years of our Engineering Physics program. Funding provided to this project will greatly aid in the academic knowledge gained and help to provide real world experience in funding, designing, and producing a finished product.
On a larger scale the research done by the Carleton University Electrospinning Nanofibers team will be important to the medical industry and allow other researchers to have a viable method to mass produce nanofibers. If this project is a success the results can be used to benefit future nanofiber research and implementation in many different fields.
This looks really interesting!