Near-field electrospinning on nonconductive substrates using AC fields

Nicolas Martinez-Prieto, Kornel Ehmann, Jian Cao*

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Near-field electrospinning (NFES) is a micro-additive manufacturing technique that uses DC electric fields to continuously print micro- and nanofibers onto moving collectors. Traditionally, NFES was limited to printing on conductive and semiconductor substrates because of the charged nature of fibers. Here, printing on nonconductive substrates is achieved using AC electric fields which produce fibers with zero net charge that have reduced electrostatic interactions with the substrate. Furthermore, the process enables the patterning of complex patterns on soft elastomers and rigid plastics for planar and cylindrical substrates, which will lead to applications in flexible electronics and structured surface coatings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-124
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2020
Event53rd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2020 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 1 2020Jul 3 2020


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Near-field electrospinning
  • Polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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