Media ReleaseFrom: The Royal Society
Electrospinning repellents in polyvinyl alcohol-nanofibers for obtaining mosquito repelling fabrics
Royal Society Open Science
Recently, use of repellents for preventing transmission of mosquito-borne diseases is getting increasingly more attention. However, most of the current repellents are volatile in nature and must be frequently re-applied as their efficacy is only limited to a short period of time. This study focus on direct micro-encapsulation of repellents from an emulsion and integrating already encapsulated repellents into nanofibers via electrospinning. The repellents were successfully incorporated in the nanofibers and the tensile properties of the resulting samples did not have a significant change. Additionally, the incorporated repellents showed a significantly reduced number of mosquito landings compared to the control.