Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Pharmaceutical dosage forms based on polymer films"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, Food Sciences
Project Description:
Work on developing a novel way of manufacturing oral dosage form based on polymeric films. The new dosage forms have the look and feel of traditional tablets ("pills"), but they are designed and structured in a completely different and new way. The new manufacturing method has great potential for better control of content uniformity and drug release profile.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with a senior doctoral student in developing polymer films with specific functions. For example, films to carry solubilizing agents, films to carry flavoring or taste masking agents, and of course, films carrying the active pharmaceutical ingredient. The intern will also work on the design and manufacture of the new tablets and testing their performance in vitro.
Related Website(s):
still in progress
Desired Qualifications:
Student with a strong academic record, with interest in chemistry, engineering or food sciences, and with an inclination to learn about pharmaceutical dosage forms and their manufacture. Previous experience is not required as training will be provided during the project. Motivation, scientific curiosity, responsibility and drive are the requirements.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Pinal, Rodolfo
industrial and physical pharmacy

Student Supervisor

Bo Zhou
Doctoral Candidate

Cooperating Faculty

Teresa Carvajal