A simple method to grow polymer nanofibers from superglue

Pratik Mankidy, Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, Carlo G. Pantano, Henry Foley

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A novel template-less method for polymerization of ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate to form an intrinsically nanofibrous polymer is investigated. Effect of the anionic initiator used for polymerization is examined to explain the mechanism of formation of nanofibers or film of polymer. A suitable classification of the initiators is established based on the Hard Soft Acid Base principle to explain the mechanism. Infrared analysis, SEM and Gel permeation chromatography is utilized for characterization of the different polymer samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResponsive Soft Matter
Subtitle of host publicationChemistry and Physics for Assemblages, Films and Forms
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781604234046
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event2006 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 27 2006Dec 1 2006


Other2006 MRS Fall Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Mankidy, P., Rajagopalan, R., Pantano, C. G., & Foley, H. (2006). A simple method to grow polymer nanofibers from superglue. In Responsive Soft Matter: Chemistry and Physics for Assemblages, Films and Forms (Vol. 948, pp. 8-12). Materials Research Society.