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Date of Award
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS)
College, School or Department Name
Department of Chemical Engineering
Carbon nanotubes were first cut and functionalized with a newly developed reaction involving autoclaving and sonication in hydrogen peroxide. The functionalized nanotubes were characterized and evaluated for aqueous solubility. Studies which relate reaction conditions to final carbon nanotube length were conducted. Hydroxyl groups present on the carbon nanotubes served as a platform for a series of addition reactions, with the objective of conjugating streptavidin and fluorescent markers onto the carbon nanotubes. The modified nanotubes were attached onto the surface of biotinylated mesenchymal stem cells, creating a novel, tumor-homing delivery system for photothermal anticancer agents.
Weydemeyer, Ethan J., "FUNCTIONALIZATION OF CARBON NANOTUBES FOR MESENCHYMAL STEM CELL-ASSISTED PHOTOTHERMAL THERAPY", Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2014.