Derrick R. Stevens

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Electrospinning of poly (L-D-lactic acid) (PLA) was investigated with the addition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) for development of a scaffold for tissue engineering. Through this experiment, it was determined that the optimal concentration of PLA with weight average molecular weight (Mw) 250,000 g/mol is 20 wt % as indicated by scanning electron(More)
Chitosan is an abundantly common, naturally occurring, polysaccharide biopolymer. Its biocompatible, biodegradable, and antimicrobial properties have led to significant research toward biological applications such as drug delivery, artificial tissue scaffolds for functional tissue engineering, and wound-healing dressings. For applications such as tissue(More)
This study provides a detailed description of the development of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of farmed red deer (Cervus elaphus) calves over the first 12 months of age. GIT development was measured using a combination of computerised tomography (CT) scanning and traditional slaughter plus dissection techniques. Red deer calves of a known birth date(More)
Electrospun nanocomposite scaffolds were fabricated by encapsulating multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) in poly (lactic acid) (PLA) nanofibers. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirmed the fabrication of nanofibers, and transmission electron microscopy identified the alignment and dispersion of MWNT along the axis of the fibers. Tensile testing showed(More)
A 16-week-old dog developed distemper 3 weeks after the 2nd of 2 vaccinations for canine distemper (CD). Symptomatic treatment was without effect and the dog was euthanatized. Prior to euthanasia, a blood sample was obtained for serologic study. The dog was found to be hypogammaglobulinemic and to have a serum-neutralization antibody titer of 1:16 to CD(More)
The present work focuses on the electrical and mechanical characterization of nanocomposite fibers having core-sheath (or bicomponent) morphologies. Owing to their unique mechanical and electrical properties, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been utilized in the nanocomposite construction. Submicron diameter nanofibers (200–300 nm) with core-sheath(More)
This work focuses on the development of electrically conducting porous nanocomposite structures by the incorporation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) into electrospun poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) nanofibers. Electron microscopy confirmed the presence of individual aligned MWNT encapsulated within the fibers and showed fiber morphologies with diameters(More)