UTSA COS Summer Research Experience for 2013
Interaction of Enzymes with Nanostructured 3D Scaffolds
Students will be gradually involved in the development of nanostructured surfaces and their application as substrates for biosensors. They will be introduced to standard procedures involved in the fabrication of nanoporous films using amphiphilic block copolymers (BCP), trained in basic microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM, and AFM), and be introduced to immobilization processes and the characterization of resulting nanocomposites by electrochemical techniques. Students will propose a series of experiments to demonstrate the unique features of BCP-based biosensors and perform those experiments independently. By the end of the summer, it is expected that students will have a general idea about the capabilities and limitations of state-of-the art microscopy techniques, protein immobilization strategies, hydrodynamics, and electrochemical detection.
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