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Wahrmund, Joshua Joseph. Theoretical and Experimental Investigations Concerning
Microgels of Varied Spherical Geometries. Doctor of Philosophy (Physics), August 2012, 110
pp., 38 illustrations, chapter references.
Polymer gels have been studied extensively due to their ability to simulate biological
tissues and to swell or collapse reversibly in response to external stimuli. This work presents a
variety of studies using poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPA) hydrogels. The projects have been
carried out both in the lab of Dr. Zhibing Hu and in collaboration with others outside of UINT:
(1) an analysis of the swelling kinetics of microgel spherical shells prepared using a novel design
of microfluidic devices; (2) a comparison of the drug-release rates between nanoparticle
structures having either core or core-with-shell (core-shell) designs; (3) an investigation into the
thermodynamics of swelling for microgels of exceedingly small size.
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