The goal of this project was to fabricate nanowires by electrospinning an organometallic solution and burning off the organic component of the compound. The degradation properties of the organometallic were observed by direct heating in a furnace, differential scanning calorimetry, x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Several different solutions were electrospun resulting in the formation of both fibrous meshes and spray coatings. Solutions containing a polymer displayed significant improvement in viscoelastic properties, resulting in improved electrospinnability. After thermal degradation, EDS analysis confirmed the presence of tin and tin oxide structures. The addition of binding agents could facilitate the formation of more complex tin microstructures.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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