Fabrication of fiber-reinforced polymer ceramic composites by wet electrospinning

Yunzhi Xu, Junior Ndayikengurukiye, Ange Therese Akono*, Ping Guo

*Corresponding author for this work

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We propose a novel approach of wet electrospinning to yield fiber-reinforced polymer ceramic composites, where a reactive ceramic precursor gel is used as a collector. We illustrate our approach by generating polyethylene oxide (PEO) fibers in a potassium silicate gel; the gel is later activated using metakaolin to yield a ceramic-0.5 wt% PEO fiber composite. An increase of 29% and 22% is recorded for the fabricated polymer ceramic composites in terms of indentation modulus and indentation hardness respectively. Our initial findings demonstrate the process viability and might lead to a potentially scalable manufacturing approach for fiber-reinforced polymer ceramic composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-95
Number of pages5
JournalManufacturing Letters
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Ceramic composite
  • Fiber-reinforced
  • Precursor gel
  • Wet electrospinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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