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Loaded Nanofibers: Force Protection, Filtration, Decontamination

  • Ashok Vaseashta
  • Nimet Karagülle-Bölgen
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)

Abstract

In asymmetric and complex warfare environments, it is critical to deploy the latest technological innovations for tactical advantage over adversaries. Among others, improvements in outerwear of soldier uniform provide a significant tactical advantage. We have studied the use of loaded nanofibers, which demonstrate capabilities such as light weight, mechanical resilience, and breathability, i.e. the possibility for the evaporation of perspiration. In addition, the fibers are capable of sensing chemical/biological environment and delivering therapeutics thus providing temporary relief from injury. Furthermore, nanofibers include communication capabilities for enhanced situational awareness. This investigation outlines an ongoing research on loading electrospun nanofibers with selected materials to produce outerwear for soldiers providing tactical superiority. Fabrication and characteristics of some of such fibers are presented here along with future pathways to integrate additional capabilities.

Keywords

Electrospinning Nanofibers Filtration Mechanical strength Sensors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence, and Int’l Clean Water InstituteHerndonUSA
  2. 2.NJCU – State University of New JerseyNJUSA
  3. 3.Chemical Engineering DepartmentMersin University Engineering FacultyMersinTurkey

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