Effect of various urea concentrations on nitrogen slow release from PLLA nanofiber mat

Javazmi, Leila and Low, Tobias and Young, Anthony and Ash, Gavin (2020) Effect of various urea concentrations on nitrogen slow release from PLLA nanofiber mat. In: 8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2020), 9-13 Feb 2020, Brisbane, Australia.


Urea is a cost-effective fertilizer used to promote plant growth and increase crop production. However, uncontrolled use of urea fertilizer is harmful to plants and can lead to soil and water pollution. This study aimed to investigate the effect of different urea concentrations on nitrogen slow release rate from electrospun Poly (L-lactide) (PLLA) nanofibers. Results showed increasing urea percentage loaded into nanofibers from 10% to 40% led to larger nanofiber diameters and increased initial rate of nitrogen release. Furthermore, nanofiber samples released nitrogen for three months, although high urea concentration did not affect the nitrogen release rate significantly.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Oral presentation. Abstract only published.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Crop Health (24 Mar 2014 -)
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2020 03:12
Last Modified: 05 May 2021 03:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: nitrogen slow release, electrospinning technique, nanofibers
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100707 Nanomanufacturing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39340

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