'Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs) for Enhanced Embryonic Rat Cortical Neuron Growth' - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Chris Barrett

Supervisor's Email: chris.barrett [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-6919

Supervisor's Website: http://www.barrett-group.mcgill.ca/

Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs) for Enhanced Embryonic Rat Cortical Neuron Growth

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) are thin films constructed using a layer-by-layer (l-b-l) deposition technique. Due to the fact that PEMs are polar and fill with water, PEMs occupy a softness range within the regime of biological tissue, thus making them attractive as an interface between artificial and biological materials. Over the past decade, PEMs have been used in a wide variety of biological applications including optical coatings, macromolecular encapsulation, and biocompatible coatings for artificial implant materials. This CHEM 396 project involves the fabrication of optimal PEMs for growth of embryonic rat cortical neurone. More specifically, we are interested in the role of surface properties on neuronal growth and survival.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 60% final report, 20% interim report(s), 20% lab grade.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals.