Publisher: Chemical Society of Nigeria

Nanostructuring of Waste Polystyrene

S. O. Alayande, E. O. Dare, A. K. Akinlabi, A.y. Fasasi, G. A. Osinkolu
KEYWORDS: Nano particles, polystyrene, waste

ABSTRACT:

In  this  report,  we  report  the  recycling  of  a  notable  polymer  waste  known  as  Expanded/  Extruded  Polystyrene  (EPS).  E-PS  was  nanostructured  into  fibres  using  electrospinning  process  in  the  presenceof  tetrahydrofuran.  The thermal,  molecular  and  surface  morphology  of  the  electrospun  fibre  was  compared  with  parent  bulk  material (E-PS),  though  molecular  bonding  remain  unchanged,  thermal  properties  and  surface  morphology  differed. Nanostructuring  through  electrospinning  resulted  into  porous  fibre  which  can  be  used  as  a  membrane,  filter, catalyst  carrier,  sensor,  etc.


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