Data from: Electrospinning repellents in polyvinyl alcohol-nanofibers for obtaining mosquito repelling fabrics
Ciera, Lucy (2019), Data from: Electrospinning repellents in polyvinyl alcohol-nanofibers for obtaining mosquito repelling fabrics, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.jj72851
Recently, the use of repellents for preventing the 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. Therefore, a slow release and abrasion resistant mechanism is needed for prolonging the protection time of these repellents. This study direct micro-encapsulation of repellents from an emulsion or integrating already encapsulated repellents into nanofibers via electrospinning. Different repellents were electrospun in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibrous structures, namely p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD) microcapsules, permethrin, chili and catnip oil. The repellents were successfully incorporated in the nanofibers and the tensile properties of the resulting samples did not have a significant change. This means that the newly created textiles will be identical to current PVA nanofibrous textiles with the added benefit of being mosquito repellent. Principally, all incorporated repellents in the nanofibrous structures showed a significantly reduced number of mosquito landings compared to the control. Consequently, the currently described method resulted in a new and very effective repelling textile material that can be used in the prevention against mosquito associated diseases.