Electrospun Mosquito Trap

Electrospun Mosquito Trap

Student(s):

Jessica Conner, Biomedical Engineering
Zach Blattel, Biomedical Engineering
Chris Eberlin, Biomedical Engineering
Jamie Schweikart, Biomedical Engineering 

Advisor(s):

Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Mosquito borne illnesses are deadly and a worldwide issue. While effective mosquito traps exist, they are far too expensive for developing countries. The goal of this project is to create a low cost mosquito trap using electrospinning technology as the fabrication platform. We chose polystyrene as our electrospinning material due to its low cost and sustainability. Our tubular geometry creates a high surface area that funnels into the base of the trap, where a mosquito attractant sits. The highly porous nature of the electrospun structure is designed to entangle and ultimately kill the insects.