Presenter Information

Emily J. Bahram-ahi


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Advisor

Henthorn, David

Advisor's Department

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Delivery of the anticancer drug paclitaxel (commercially known as Taxol®) is difficult due to its limited solubility in aqueous media. This study proposes a novel bubble bursting technique to generate nanoparticles of the chemotherapeutic in an effort to decrease potential side effects and improve the bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs. The bubble bursting apparatus will be used to produce nanoparticles of a biodegradable polymer, poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), as carriers for paclitaxel. The dissolved paclitaxel in this biodegradable polymer matrix will be released at a controlled rate for a more efficient delivery of the drug throughout the body.

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type


Presentation Date

April, 2007