Electrospun Filters for Defense and Protective Applications

  • Rahul SahayEmail author


Research has experienced a rapid growth for the development of protective textiles (PTs) for military personnel since World War II to protect from chemical and biological warfare agents (CBWAs). The aim has been to fabricate PTs having full-barrier protection by degrading or blocking CBWAs. Electrospun fibrous membranes (EFMs) have exhibited great potential for PTs by virtue of their high surface area per unit volume, high porosity, and ability to attach functional groups for intended applications. The new generation of PTs are intended not only to adsorb but also degrade CBWAs. The aim of this chapter is to study the usage of EFMs in designing a new generation of PTs that not only provide protection from CBWAs but also provide thermal comfort to the users.

This chapter starts with the motivation for usage of EFMs in PTs. The fabrication and performance of these PTs are systematically studied by analyzing research articles focused on EFM usage in PTs. The properties of these PTs are studied with respect to (a) thermal comfort, and (b) detoxification ability against CBWAs. At the end of this chapter, a section is devoted to the progress of smart PTs. These smart PTs are envisioned to have capabilities such as sensing, self-cleaning, energy harvesting/storage, and communication.


Electrospinning Protective textiles Nerve gases Organophosphates Electrospun fibrous membranes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomaterials and Microbiological Technology, Nanotechnology Centre, Faculty of Chemical Technology and EngineeringWest Pomeranian University of Technology SzczecinSzczecinPoland

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