Bridgette M. Budhlall

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The DCFH assay is commonly used for measuring free radicals generated by engineered nanomaterials (ENM), a well-established mechanism of ENM toxicity. Concerns exist over susceptibility of the DCFH assay to: assay conditions, adsorption of DCFH onto ENM, fluorescence quenching and light scattering. These effects vary in magnitude depending on ENM(More)
Temperature-dependent 1H NMR and dilute solution viscometry coupled with dynamic light scattering techniques were used to elucidate the aqueous phase conformation of several poly(vinyl alcohol)s (PVAs) differing in their molecular architecture (i.e., degree of blockiness, molecular weight, and degree of hydrolysis). The aqueous phase conformation of(More)
Microwave-, photo- and thermo-responsive polymer microgels that range in size from 500 to 800 microm and are swollen with water were prepared by a novel microarray technique. We used a liquid-liquid dispersion technique in a system of three immiscible liquids to prepare hybrid PNIPAm- co-AM core-shell capsules loaded with AuNPs. The spontaneous(More)
The overall goal of this study was to synthesize semicrystalline poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) copolymer networks with stimuli-responsive shape memory behavior. Herein, we investigate the influence of a cinnamoyl moiety to design shape memory polymer networks with tunable transition temperatures. The effect of various copolymer architectures (random or ABA(More)
A versatile new concept is presented for the synthesis of Janus colloids composed of Laponite nanoclay armored poly(divinylbenzene) with an anisotropic surface potential via a double Pickering emulsion template. First, polystyrene or poly(divinylbenzene) colloids stabilized with Laponite nanoclay are synthesized via a Pickering miniemulsion approach. These(More)
The effect ofmorphology of PNIPAm, PEGMa and PNIPAm-co-PEGMa hydrogels on the uptake and delivery (release kinetics) of a model drug (FITC–dextran) was investigated. Two types of hydrogel architectures: microgels and microcapsules, without and with core–shell morphology, were synthesized. The microcapsules had 30–50% greater uptake compared to the(More)
The overall goal of this study was to fabricate multifunctional core-shell microcapsules with biological cells encapsulated within the polymer shell. Biocompatible temperature responsive microcapsules comprised of silicone oil droplets (multicores) and yeast cells embedded in a polymer matrix (shell) were prepared using a novel microarray approach. The(More)
For the next-generation immersion lithography technology, there is a growing interest in the immersion fluids having a refractive index larger than 1.5 and low absorbance at 193nm wavelength. In this paper, we report our effort in identifying new immersion fluid candidates. The absolute refractive index values and thermo-optic coefficients, dn/dT, were(More)
Synthetic poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) latexes prepared by emulsion polymerization using poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as a stabilizer are important industrial products widely used in the paper, paints, coatings, and adhesives industries. The essential feature of such applications is the formation of a continuous latex film. It is now well recognized that film(More)
Thermoresponsive copolymers of poly(Nisopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAm) and poly(acrylamide) microgels copolymerized with poly(ethylene glycol)(PEG) chains were synthesized by free-radical photopolymerization. Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) macromonomers with varying number-average molecular weights were used (Mn = 300 and 1,000 g/mol).(More)