A comparison of the hydrolysis of pyruvic acid in polymer gels and in aqueous environment will be studied using NMR techniques. Relaxation time and diffusion rates will be determined and compared to show the mimicking capability of the polymer gels to that of biological environments. This will allow for a means in which chemical reactions can be performed in a medium that more closely resembles the rate that the reaction would occur in biological systems.
Carey, Joshua, "Polymer Gels: Mimickin g Biological Environments" (2007). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 195.