Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 760–768 | Cite as

Solution electrospinning of polypropylene-based fibers and their application in catalysis

  • Emine Berber
  • Nesrin Horzum
  • Baki Hazer
  • Mustafa M. DemirEmail author


Since the dissolution of polyolefins is a chronic problem, melt processing has been tacitly accepted as an obligation. In this work, polypropylene (PP) was modified on molecular level incorporating poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as graft segment (PP-g-PEG) in a range of 6 to 9 mol%. Gold nanoparticles were nucleated in the presence of the copolymer chains via redox reaction. The dissolution of the amphiphilic comb-type graft copolymers containing gold nanoparticles (80 nm in diameter) was achieved in toluene and successfully electrospun from its solution. The diameter of composite fibers was in the range from 0.3 to 2.5 μm. The design of the structurally organized copolymer fiber mats provided a support medium for the nanoparticles enhancing the active surface area for the catalytic applications. The resulting composite fibers exhibited rapid catalytic reduction of methylene blue (MB) dye in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) compared to corresponding composite cast film.


Catalysis Comb-type amphiphilic polymer Electrospinning Gold nanoparticles Grafting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emine Berber
    • 1
  • Nesrin Horzum
    • 2
  • Baki Hazer
    • 3
  • Mustafa M. Demir
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Faculty of EngineeringIzmir Institute of TechnologyİzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and ArchitectureIzmir Katip Çelebi UniversityİzmirTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and LettersBülent Ecevit UniversityZonguldakTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringIzmir Institute of TechnologyİzmirTurkey

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