Fabrication of colloidal crystals featuring sub-20 nm pore size for protein separation

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    Malekpourkoupaei, Ali
  • Clinical point-of-care (POC) diagnosis remains an open and challenging field of research worldwide in which the study of the mechanism and dynamics of protein molecule separation using electrophoresis is of considerable interest. The quality of a protein separation is strongly dependent on the separating matrix and conditions under which the electrophoresis is performed. This research is mainly focused on development of a novel separation matrix, based upon the selfassembly of particles in a colloidal suspension, within a microfluidic chip. Several challenges were overcome in developing crystalline particle arrays that generate a porous material with pores smaller than 20 nm. The effect of pore size on separation of proteins of differing molecular weight and size was then studied, and the mechanism of separation, which appears to change in the smallest size range, was explored.

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    Master of Science
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