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Gabby Zabala ’21 – QCM Questions

Gabby Zabala ’21 – QCM Questions

Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 in Posts

Gabby has made her way into the lab this semester! She became involved in Dr. Gerdon’s research team last semester and has finally started working on some QCM analysis. So far Gabby has measured the change in frequency compared to the change in resistance for several QCM crystals in a non-mass loading system. Once this initial experiment is done, Gabby...

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Rylie Bolarinho ’22 – New Nanoparticles!

Rylie Bolarinho ’22 – New Nanoparticles!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 in Posts

Rylie is very excited to start working in the lab this semester! In the fall, Rylie joined Dr. Gerdon’s research group after reading several literature papers and coming to group meetings. Now, she is working on gold nanoparticle synthesis using a new molecule, 3-mercaptobenzoic acid, as the organic group. Using the Azubel method, she hopes to be able to...

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Logan McGloin ’22 – microfluidics and QCM

Logan McGloin ’22 – microfluidics and QCM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Posts

This semester, Logan is looking forward to expanding his technique in microfluidics by adding QCM (quartz crystal microbalance) into the mix. Adding QCM allows Logan to measure and calculate the amount of solid formed in the device during the experiment of calcium carbonate or calcium phosphate mineralization. However, Logan first needs to work with Dr....

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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – New Semester, More Hydrogels!

Amanda Gilbert ’22 – New Semester, More Hydrogels!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Posts

After making progress last semester with intrafibrillar mineralization in the collagen hydrogels using Poly-Aspartic acid and DNA aptamers, Amanda is going to continue to make more hydrogels. This time, she will be mineralizing the gels with a lower concentration of poly-aspartic acid and two different DNA aptamers. Then, she will lyophilize the gels and...

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Dianna Shields ’22 – Return to the lab!

Dianna Shields ’22 – Return to the lab!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Posts, Student News

After enjoying a relaxing winter break, Dianna has made it back to the research lab. Last semester ended with one last nanoparticle synthesis using the Azubel method. These nanoparticles were dried and left in the lab for a month until Dianna returned and was able to take NMR of the sample. Although getting into the lab after the first full week of classes...

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GRAB Open Lab Success!

GRAB Open Lab Success!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Posts, Student News

This past week the research group (GRAB: Gerdon Research in Analytical Biomaterials) welcomed non-science members of the Emmanuel College community into the Wilkens Science Center for a fun and informative introduction to lab. Emmanuel College faculty, staff, and students joined in even though they had very little (or no) prior experience in science lab...

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