Director, SNS Nano Fiber Technology Co. LLC
Laura Frazier received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio (USA). Her doctoral research was on electrospinning polymers containing additives. Upon graduation, she began working for SNS Nano Fiber Technology, a start-up company focusing on commercial scale nanofiber production. She has been with the company since its inception in 2007 and became the director for the company in 2008.
Over the past decade, nanofibers have been finding their way into more and more commercial products. Originally only used for filtration, nanofibers are now being investigated for use as medical devices, such as hemostats and wound dressings, as well as cell culture and tissue engineering devices, face masks, and other applications in the areas of cosmetics, acoustics, coatings, and composites, just to name a few. Hygiene has been an area that while interesting to researchers, has not been fully realized due to the higher cost of nanofibers compared to conventional nonwovens.
As a result of new production methods, the potential for hygiene applications is now being realized. Development of materials containing high amounts of SAP embedded throughout a nanofiber matrix has resulted in thinner cores with high absorption capacities. The test results of the newly developed nanofiber/SAP core materials will be presented as well as the potential production of this novel nanofiber nonwoven.