Dr. Cristina Sabliov, assistant professor, and Carlos Astete, graduate assistant, observe evaporation effects on nanoparticle formation. Mark Gabriel, student, sets up a lab-scale, in-flow microwave system.
Focused on extraction of bioactive components from plant material and on targeted delivery of vitamins, antioxidants, colorants and antifungals via colloidal and nanoparticle systems, the design of nanoparticle/colloidal systems is one of the main research thrusts of the lab. Equipment available for synthesis and characterization of nano- and colloidal systems includes: sonicator, rotovap, Zetasizer, TLC, fluorometer, HPLC, centrivap, chiller, oven and incubator.
|Nanoparticles and Colloidal Systems|
|Nanoscale engineering: nanoencapsulation of bioactive components for controlled drug release and food applications.|
|Microwave Extractions of Bioactive Components|
|Process development: microwave heating, supercritical fluid extraction of biactive components from plants.|
|Numerical Methods of Multiphysics Phenomena|
|Mathematical modeling: numerical modeling of bioprocesses involving multiphysics phenomena.|