Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
Dr. Rebecca Willits
In order to improve upon the utilization of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) microgel-based scaffolds in drug delivery applications, this work explores the use of degradable and non-degradable PEG for tunable scaffolds. Previously, issues concerning the required uniformity in microgel size and low polydispersity index have been encountered. As such, methods of refining polymer synthesis, microgel fabrication, and microgel size separation were explored. Overall, no solution has been found to correct the issue for the microgels were still observed to have high polydispersity index regardless of varied troubleshooting alterations.
AlNiemi, Abrar, "Degradability of Poly(ethylene) Based Microgels and Methods of Improving High Polydispersity Index" (2018). Honors Research Projects. 772.