Craig Group Seminar: Stimuli-Responsive Polymer-Based Sensors, Muscles, and Drug Delivery Platforms
Professor Michael J. Serpe (University of Alberta, Department of Chemistry)
Host: Professor Stephen Craig
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: French Family Science Center 2237
Rosenthal, Janet

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Abstract:  The group's research is focused on the development of novel polymer-based materials for solving environmental and health-related problems. To solve these problems, the group primarily employs poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAm)-based spherical particles as the active component in our technologies. PNIPAm-based particles (nano or microgels, depending on their diameter) are extremely porous, and are fully water soluble and swellable. Additionally, pNIPAm-based nano/microgels are responsive to temperature, shrinking in diameter as the temperature is increased to >32 °C and reswelling when they are cooled to < 32 °C. Our group has exploited these properties for numerous applications. Today's talk will highlight the group's work on the development of these devices for sensing and biosensing, as muscles, and for controlled/triggered drug delivery.