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Development of a Raman Spectroscopy Membrane Thermometer for the Characterization oMmetallic Nanoparticles used for Cancer Therapy (Angela Chang)

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Award date: 
Feb 12, 2013
Award amount: 
$5,000
Organization name: 
Appalachian State University
Principal Investigator: 
Burris, Jennifer L.
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship
Region: 
Western

Working in the university’s optical tweezers laboratory, the student will study gold nanoshells used for photothermal tumor ablation. The experimental model is to place the nanoshells on lipid bilayers (artificial cell membranes), irradiate them with laser light at different wavelengths and intensities, and use Raman spectroscopy to measure temperature variations in the surrounding lipid bilayer. The student will need to construct and integrate the electronics necessary into the optical tweezers apparatus.

Fiscal year: 
2013