Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Foaming into Action: Foam Delivery for Wound Dressings"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
chemistry, pharmacy
Project Description:
We are currently developing novel wound dressings for treatment of superficial injuries, ulcers and burns. While traditional delivery methods for wound dressings include gels and pastes, we believe that foams (similar to shaving or whipping cream) offer obvious application advantages. Therefore, this project involves the fabrication and characterization of different foam formulations. The intern will investigate a variety of surfactants and gelation mixtures to develop suitable foam products.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be experimenting with different foaming mixtures using a variety of surfactants and stabilizers. Measurements of foam bubble size, surface adhesion of the foam and viscosity will also be conducted.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
3.0+ GPA, background in chemistry or pharmacy preferred. Willingness to make a mess!
Estimated Weekly Hours:
6
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Li, Jianming
Deptartment/College:
BMS

Student Supervisor

Name:
Jianming Li
Title:
Post doc

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Richard Borgens
Deptartment/College:
BMS/BME