Seminar - Electrospinning Nanofibres/Nanocomposites: An Alternative
Material Fabrication by Dr. Yu Dong
Date: 26 September 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
In Recent years, the popularity of electrospinning used in nanotechnology areas has increased substantially for producing cost-effective and continuous nanofibres owing to its enormous innovative applications in range of tissue engineering, construction and building structures, drug delivery, cosmetic membranes, nanofiltration and military protective clothing. The size effect of electrospun fibres is of particular concern in that the significant reduction of fibre diameter down to the nanoscaled level enables to produce fibre networks with large fibre aspect ratio, high specific area and porosity. These structural merits are very crucial for the enhancement of mechanical properties of fibrous structures, the cell growth in tissue scaffolds, as well as the acceleration of drug release.
This presentation comprises two critical aspects of electrospinning nanofibres/nanocomposites in multi-view of research, namely process optimisation of elecrospinning using design of experiments for improved material performance and application of electrospun nanifibres/nanocomposites for effective drug delivery. It is anticipated that this work can shed some light on the future implementation of electrospinning for the advancement of fibre/composite fabrication and manufacture on a wider scale.
Dr. Yu Dong is currently a senior lecturer and postgraduate coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University, Australia, which he joined in 2008 after being conferred with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Dong has extensive research expertise in polymer nanocomposites, electrospun nanofibres, green composites, micromechanical modelling and design of experiments. He won the Best Paper Silver Award at the 5th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-5), Hong Kong, 2006. He is a Member of Editorial Boards for International Journal of Polymers and Technologies, Journal of Modern Applied Science and Journal of Applied Physics Research. He is the sole editor for newly published technical book entitled “Nanostructures: Properties, Production Methods and Applications” by Nova Science Publishers, USA, as well as a guest editor for the special issue “Advanced Composites with Natural Reinforcements” in Journal of Advanced in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr Dong is an external reviewer of General Research Fund Project for Hong Kong Research Grants Council. His scholarly teaching is well recognised by winning Curtin Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Science and Engineering) and Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence. He also acted as an excellent technical mentor for the Curtin BHP Billiton Award winning team in Sustainable Design and Appropriate Technology Theme in 2009 Engineers Without Border (EWB) Challenges, Australia.