Electrospinning of Poly(1,4-Cyclohexanedimethylene Acetylene Dicarboxylate): Study on the Morphology, Wettability, Thermal and Biodegradation Behaviors

Daglar O., Altınkök Ç., Acik G., Durmaz H.

MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, vol.221, no.23, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 221 Issue: 23
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/macp.202000310
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: aliphatic polyesters, biodegradability, electrospinning, thermal properties, NANOFIBERS, SCAFFOLDS, POLYESTER, DIAMETER, FIBERS, PARAMETERS, STABILITY
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study is conducted to evaluate the biodegradation and thermal features of poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethylene acetylene dicarboxylate) (PCA) based films and fibers. The PCA is characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (H-1-NMR) spectroscopies and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The beadless fibers of PCA are achieved by electrospinning from its solution under ambient conditions for the first time. The effects of applied voltage and tip-to-collector distance (TCD) on the various properties such as morphology, wettability, thermal, and biodegradability behaviors of fibers are investigated by comparing the non-electrospun PCA. Morphologies and average frequency distributions of the electrospun samples are elucidated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Wettability properties of the studied samples are determined by water contact angle (WCA) measurements, whereas thermo-stabilities and glass transition temperatures (T-g) are established by thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry analyses (TGA and DSC), respectively. Biodegradation studies indicate that 28% of electrospun PCA achieved at 8 mL h(-1) flow rate, 20 cm TCD and 25 kV applied voltage can be enzymatically degraded within 15 days. It is thus estimated that PCA with good electrospun and biodegradation abilities will favorable candidates for bio-polyester applications.