Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisor: Charles Di Marzio
Nanoparticle Diffusion Through Skin Abstract
Nanoparticles have a variety of uses in the biomedical fields. We use confocal reflectance microscopy and 2-photon fluorescence microscopy to study the behavior of gold nanoparticles of various sizes (2-40nm), mainly how they diffuse through the layers of the skin. Getting the nanoparticles to penetrate the skin deep enough to where the cancer cells develop is one of the main areas of our research. We focus on observing how the nanoparticles interact with the skin cells (i.e. if they surround them, enter them, etc.) and we will be able to use that information to accurately identify cancerous areas of the skin.