Jamie Grant

Current PhD Student

Development of Nano-fibrous Chitosan and Graphene Composites for Bio-Medical Applications

With the emergence of nanotechnological advances, researchers have become devoted to studying the properties of nanoscale materials. Electrospinning is a fundamental technique which is used to manufacture nanofibres. In the current investigation, graphene oxide, chitosan and PVP have been studied for their potential uses in electrospinning. Chitosan and PVP are well-known materials for electrospinning due to their unique properties such as biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, the biocompatibility and biodegradability of graphene oxide is not well known. Graphene oxide has many unique characteristics that would enhance electrospun material for biomedical uses (e.g. increase strength, increase surface area). However, it is important to study the effects graphene oxide would have on electrospun chitosan/PVP in terms of biocompatibility and biodegradability.

Presentations

IT Sligo Research Conference 2017

Collaborations

Dr Manus Biggs, National University of Ireland, Galway CÚRAM – Centre for Research in Medical Device

Professor Abhay Pandit, National University of Ireland, Galway CÚRAM – Centre for Research in Medical Device

School/DepartmentProgrammeSRC/RRG
Science / Life Sciences PhD Nano-Bio

Funding

IT Sligo President’s Bursary

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Ailish Breen. Dr. Marion MacAfee. Prof. Suresh Pillai.