Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dorina Mihut

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Lozano

Third Advisor

Dr. Waseem Haider


Nylon 6 nanofibers were produced using the Forcespinning® method and were deposited with silver or copper thin films using the high vacuum thermal evaporation technique for surface functionalization of nanostructures. The changes in surface composition, morphology and surface energy of native and metallic coated Nylon 6 nanofibers were examined. Their antibacterial properties of native, silver or copper coated Nylon 6 nanofibers were tested. Furthermore, the Nylon 6 nanofibers were used as templates in order to obtain silver or copper nanotubes where the polymer was removed after high temperature calcination. The metallic coated Nylon 6 nanofibers and metallic nanotubes morphology and electrical behavior are characterized using the SEM, STEM, XRD, EDS and electrical measurements.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American