Electrospinning optimized with Thermo Scientific Phenom Desktop SEM

Electrospinning optimized with Thermo Scientific Phenom Desktop SEM

Electrospinning finds use in several industries: life science, biotextiles, biomedical engineering, battery research, and the overall development, production, and commercialization of nanofiber materials.

One of the main advantages of the electrospinning technique over other fabrication methods is its versatility to create fibers with multiple arrangements (ex. aligned fibers, random orientations, or their combinations) and morphological structures (ex. tubular scaffolds, flat surfaces, and asymmetrical configurations).

Vivolta trestimonial by Benelux Scientific

The popularity of the electrospinning technique has allowed multiple technologies — tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and encapsulation of bioactive molecules — to emerge and significantly evolve over the past decade.

Electrospun fibers have a diameter from a few micrometers down to the nanometer range. Access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) is therefore a necessity to check the electro-spun product quality (qualitatively and quantitatively) but also to gain information and optimize the process itself.

Having a SEM in-house allows for almost immediate visualization and quantification of the influence of process parameters on fiber morphology and the analysis of the fiber diameter, morphology, and orientation.

The Dutch company VIVOLTA is a leading player in the healthcare industry for contract development and production of electrospun medical devices. After an intensive study of the technology available in the market, it was decided to purchase a Thermo Phenom desktop SEM from the local SEM distributor Benelux Scientific. The desktop SEM will help the Vivolta team to significantly accelerate their product development and improve the quality control process so that they can deliver higher quality products to their customers.