Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 468–474 | Cite as

Mesoporous titania nanofibers by solution blow spinning

  • Manuel Gonzalez-Abrego
  • Araceli Hernandez-Granados
  • Cynthia Guerrero-Bermea
  • Azael Martinez de la Cruz
  • Domingo Garcia-Gutierrez
  • Selene Sepulveda-Guzman
  • Rodolfo Cruz-Silva
Original Paper: Nano-structured materials (particles, fibers, colloids, composites, etc.)


Fast and large-scale production of mesoporous titania nanofibers was achieved by solution blow spinning. The blow spinning setup provides a method to prepare titania nanofibers in a safe and scalable way without using a high-voltage electric field. Titania microstructure and porosity can be modified by adding a suitable template, such as pluronic polymers. The blow spun titania nanofibers had a good performance on the photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline and could be easily removed from the tetracycline aqueous solution due to their large aspect ratio. Solution blow spinning method has a great potential for the large-scale production of titania nanofibers with good photocatalytic properties.

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Sol-gel Ceramic nanofibers Photocatalyst Tetracycline Pluronic polymers 



The authors wish to thank CONACYT-Mexico for its support through CB-239354 project and Mario Hernandez for his 3D model of the spinneret. R. Cruz-Silva thanks the support of the Center of Innovation Program from Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Gonzalez-Abrego
    • 1
  • Araceli Hernandez-Granados
    • 2
  • Cynthia Guerrero-Bermea
    • 1
  • Azael Martinez de la Cruz
    • 1
  • Domingo Garcia-Gutierrez
    • 1
  • Selene Sepulveda-Guzman
    • 1
  • Rodolfo Cruz-Silva
    • 3
  1. 1.FIME-CIIDITUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ave. Universidad s/n, Ciudad UniversitariaSan Nicolás de los GarzaMexico
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de MorelosCuernavacaMexico
  3. 3.Research Center for Exotic Nanocarbons Shinshu UniversityNaganoJapan

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