The focus of this research is to electrospin continuous yarns of piezoelectric nanofibers. Incorporating piezoelectric
polymer fibers in traditional composites can add sensing and actuation capabilities, which creates a wide array of
potential applications. To process nanofibers with piezoelectric properties, we are pursuing the electrospinning of poly
(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in DMAc. A method of electrospinning on water is used to form the continuous fibers,
which are then tested using DSC, XRD, and microscopy. Through this technique, we see evidence that the non-polar
α-phase of PVDF is converted to the polar β-phase, which is responsible for its piezoelectric behavior.