Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Protein based nutraceutical tablets and granules"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Biological Engineering
Project Description:
Soy protein powders such as Soy Flour and Soy Protein Concentrate have shown good potential to be economic excipients in the manufacture of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical solid based products The overall goal of this project is to identify nutraceutical powders that can be mixed with the soy powders and made into granules and tablets.
Expected Student Contributions:
The overall goal of this project is to identify nutraceutical powders that can be mixed with the soy powders to form a) multi-component nutraceutical granules that can flow well b) multi-component nutraceutical tablets that can rapidly disintegrate in the body on intake. Research will also involve identifying and adding substances such as flow agents as well as disintegrants to create prototype of formulations for granules and tablets. Granules will be prepared by addition of water in a blender whereas tablets will be prepared using a universal testing machine. Dissolution and disintegration tests will be conducted to identify formulations and favorable process conditions. The ultimate goal is to successfully identify a few formulations with a good commercialization potential.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
Student must possess basic laboratory skills and problem-solving techniques. The applicant must have interest in computer processing tools & techniques. Familiarity with Matlab is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
40
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Okos, Martin
Deptartment/College:
agricultural and biological engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Dhananjay Pai
Title:
Graduate Student

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Mark Morgan
Deptartment/College:
Food Science