Electrospun iron and copper oxide fibers for virus retention applications

Mateusz Schabikowski, Alicja Cichoń, Zoltán Németh, Władysław Kubiak, Dariusz Kata, Thomas Graule

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This work describes the fabrication of ceramic fibers by electrospinning based on iron(III) oxide or copper(II) oxide. The fibers were produced from organic salt/polymer precursors and transformed into pure ceramic materials by firing. The fibers were designed to remove negatively charged viruses from drinking water. The obtained ceramic fibers were characterized by diameters of 0.23 ± 0.10 μm and 0.17 ± 0.06 μm for iron- and copper-based fibers, respectively. The performance of 0.100 g of fibers in the removal of MS2 bacteriophages in batch adsorption experiments reached log reduction values of 1.70 and 0.44 after 5 min and 10 min of contact time for iron(III) oxide and copper(II) oxide fibers, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4373-4382
Number of pages10
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number21-22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019



  • biomedical applications
  • fibers
  • sol-gel processes
  • transition metal oxides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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Schabikowski, M., Cichoń, A., Németh, Z., Kubiak, W., Kata, D., & Graule, T. (2019). Electrospun iron and copper oxide fibers for virus retention applications. Textile Research Journal, 89(21-22), 4373-4382. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517519834601