Effect Of Ethylene Oxide, Autoclave and Ultra Violet Sterilizations On Surface Topography Of Pet Electrospun Fibers

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The aim of this study to investigate the effects of different sterilization methods on electrospun polyester. Ethylene oxide (EO), autoclave (AU) and ultraviolet (UV) sterilization methods were applied to electrospun fibers produced from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) solutions with concentrations of 10, 15 and 20 wt.%. The surface characteristics of the fibers were examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), surface pore size studies and contact angle measurements. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) tests were carried out to characterize the thermal properties. Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) tests were performed to analyze the micro structural properties. SEM studies showed that different sterilization methods made significant changes on the surfaces of the fibers depending on the PET concentration. Although the effects were decreased with the increasing polymer concentration, the fiber structure was damaged especially with the EO sterilization. The contact angle values were decreased with the UV sterilization method the most.


Electrospun fiber; Polyester; Sterilization; Characterization

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17482/uujfe.04230


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