Disputas: Atoosa Maleki
cand.scient. Atoosa Maleki ved Kjemisk institutt vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden ph.d. (philosophiae doctor): Characterization of functional biopolymers under various external stimuli
Seniorforsker Kia Ngai, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Førsteamanuensis Karin Schillén, Center for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
Førsteamanuensis Trond Vidar Hansen, Farmasøytisk institutt, UiO
Leder av disputas: Professor Svein Stølen
Veileder: Professor Bo Nyström, Dr. Anna-Lena Kjøniksen
Polymers are large molecules composed of repeating structural units connected by covalent chemical bonds. Biopolymers are a class of polymers produced by living organisms, which exhibit both biocompatible and biodegradable properties. The behavior of a biopolymer in solution is strongly dependent on the chemical and physical structure of the polymer chain, as well as external environmental conditions. To improve biopolymers in the direction of higher performance and better functionality, understanding of their physicochemical behavior and their response to external stimuli are of great importance. Rheology, rheo-small angle light scattering, dynamic light scattering, small angle neutron scattering, and asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation were utilized in this thesis to investigate the properties of hydroxyethyl cellulose and its hydrophobically modified analogue, as well as dextran, hyaluronan, and mucin under different conditions such as temperature, solvent, mechanical stress and strain, and radiation. Different novel hydrogels were prepared by using various chemical cross-linking agents. Specific features of these macromolecules provide them to be used as 'functional' materials, e.g., sensors, actuators, personal care products, enhanced oil recovery, and controlled drug delivery systems.
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