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Conference Papers in Materials Science
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 269313, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/269313
Conference Paper

Electrospun Nanomaterials: Biotechnology, Food, Water, Environment, and Energy

1Dublin Dental School & Hospital, Trinity College Dublin, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
2CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
3School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
4Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore 117602
5King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
6National University of Singapore, Center for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Singapore 117576

Received 29 April 2013; Accepted 8 September 2013

Academic Editors: R. Fangueiro and H. Hong

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Seeram Ramakrishna at “International Conference on Natural Fibers—Sustainable Materials for Advanced Applications 2013” held from 9 June 2013 to 11 June 2013 in Guimarães, Portugal.

Copyright © 2013 James J. Doyle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Over the past decade, electrospinning and electrospraying techniques have become affordable platform techniques for growing numbers of students, researchers, academics, and businesses around the world, producing organic and inorganic nanofibres and nanoparticles for a range of purposes. This review illustrates various advances in the science and engineering of electrospun nanomaterials and their applicability in meeting the growing needs within five crucial sectors: clean water, environment, energy, healthcare, and food. Although most of these sectors are principally dominated by synthetic polymer systems, the emergence of natural polymer and hybrid natural-synthetic electrospun polymer systems offers particular advantages. Current scientific and materials engineering advancements have resulted in highly competitive nanofibre, electrospun products, offering credible solutions to real-world applications.