Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Lozano

Second Advisor

Dr. Dorina Mihut

Third Advisor

Dr. Jose Gutierrez


Among the myriad of methods for polymer nanofiber production, there are only a few methods that can produce submicron range fibers in bulk from melt or solution samples. The Forcespinning™ method allows a substantial increase in sample yield; this greatly reduces the time needed to produce bulk quantities of fibers which may be critical in many fields of research and industry, in particularly in fields relating to biopolymers. The aim of the first study was to utilize this method to form non-woven mats of polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibers and to quantitatively analyze the production and characterization of the produced fibers. The morphology and degree of crystallinity were characterized by SEM, DSC, and XRD. Additionally, as a second project, microcrystalline cellulose fibers were successfully regenerated from the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate using the Forcespinning™ method. Similarly, the cellulose fibers were subjected to various characterization techniques such as SEM, XRD, TGA, and FITR.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American