Influence of monomeric concentration on mechanical and electrical properties of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) and poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile/acrylic acid) yarns electrospun

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Two series of copolymers were synthesized by emulsion polymerization: poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) P(S:AN) and P(S:AN-acrylic acid) P(S:AN-AA). The monomeric concentrations in both series were: 0:100, 20:80, 40:60, 50:50 (wt%:wt%), and 1 wt% of AA. The copolymers were dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide (4–10 wt%) and were electrospun. Polymeric yarns were collected using a blade collector. The synthesized and fabricated materials were characterized by known techniques. Mechanical and electrical properties of polymeric yarns indicated a dependence of monomeric concentration. Elastic modulus increases as acrylonitrile concentration increases (up to 30 MPa). Yarns were submitted to degradation process into saline solution, where the acrylic acid content kept a constant elastic modulus at long times. The electrical current into yarns was higher when the concentration is 50:50 wt%:wt% (1.2 mA). The cytotoxicity results showed a cell viability close to 100% for yarns without AA.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020



  • conducting polymers
  • electrospinning
  • sensors and actuators

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