Date of Thesis

2011

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis

Department

Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Erin Jablonski

Abstract

Drug release from a fluid-contacting biomaterial is simulated using a microfluidic device with channels defined by solute-loaded hydrogel. In order to mimic a drug delivery device, a solution of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA), solute, and photoinitiator is cured inside a microfluidic device with a channel through the center ofthe hydrogel. As water is pumped through the channel, solute diffuses out of the hydrogel and into the water. Channel sizes within the devices range from 300 µm to 1000 µm to simulate vessels within the body. The properties of the PEG hydrogel were characterizedby the extent of crosslinking, the swelling ratio, and the mesh size of the gel. The structure of the hydrogel was related to the UV exposure dosage and the initial water and solute content in the PEG-DA solution.

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