Chemical Engineering Faculty Projects
Gas-liquid microfluidic flows
Professor Kimberly H. Henthorn
An existing system has been developed to study bubble dynamics in gas-liquid microfluidic flows. This project will involve the characterization of transitional bubble and liquid profiles during bubble breakup periods, and may also include investigation into the effect of fluid rheology on pressure drop profiles in these systems. It is anticipated that students will have prior knowledge of fluid dynamics and physics.
Biodegradable drug delivery vehicles
Professor Scott J. McClellan
Biodegradable polymers can be used to encapsulate drugs that will subsequently be released inside of the body as the polymer degrades. Care must be taken in the preparation of the drug-loaded particles to ensure uniformity in size and shape, and in the amount of drug loaded. In this project, a student will work to create and characterize drug-loaded nanoparticles. Total characterization includes particle size analysis, quantification of drug loading, and complete release studies.