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Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices

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NSEC: Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymer Biomedical Devices (CANPBD)  (Ohio State University Research Foundation -DO NOT USE)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices (CANPBD) at The Ohio State University is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSECs address complex, interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscale science and engineering, and integrate research with education internally and through a variety of partnership activities.

CANPBD's research vision is to revolutionize medical diagnosis and treatment by establishing non-cleanroom, affordable, environmentally and biologically benign nanoengineering techniques. Such techniques use biocompatible polymers, biomolecules, and nanoparticles as building blocks along with nanofluidic surface transport as a mechanism to design, synthesize, and fabricate biomedical and therapeutic devices.

Education & Outreach

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at CANPBD is a summer internship funded by NSF that brings students together from all over the country. Participants perform cutting edge research in nanotechnology, learn how to write a technical paper, present their research in a poster session, and interact with other students with similar interests.

Throughout the school year, groups of students from area high schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, are welcomed to CANPBD for tours and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art lab equipment. In the summer, the center offers a full-day, hands-on workshop for high school teachers that includes a take-home kit with everything required to do each experiment in the classroom. In addition to these workshops, the center's website features 16 lesson plans teachers can use in high school classrooms or science clubs.

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