Saber Hussain (Committee Member), Allen Jackson (Committee Member), Sharmila Mukhopadhyay (Advisor)
Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)
The purpose of this project is to form silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) attached to a hierarchical substrate for possible use in biological applications. The effectiveness of these Ag-NP-containing devices, including biofilters and biosensors, may be dramatically enhanced by the use of hierarchical structures such as carbon nanotubes (CNT), as they offer a high surface area surface suitable for cell-device interactions, while Ag-NP would be a suitable component in many such devices due to its plasmonic surface properties (e.g. in sensor and directed energy applications) and its anti-microbial properties (desirable for fluid filtration due to its low weight. Meaningful control over the Ag-NP sizes and degree of adherence has been achieved. The interaction between silver and human epidermal cells as would be present in Ag-NP-based wound dressings has also been investigated in vitro and is discussed.
Department or Program
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Year Degree Awarded
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