Biophysics and Soft Matter Seminar

Micromechanical characterization of soft particles

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 1:30 PM
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Biophysics and Soft Matter Seminar

Micromechanical characterization of soft particles

John Frostad
Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Sept 24, 2018 at 1:30pm in P8445.2

Synopsis

Many biological materials exist as micro-scale particles such as blood cells, liposomes for drug delivery, and fat globules in milk. The mechanical properties of these particles can play a major role in their function in the body. However, because of their small size they have been difficult to characterize using traditional techniques. Our lab has developed a new instrument called a Cantilevered-Capillary Force Apparatus (CCFA) that is capable of measuring and applying forces from 1 nN to 1 mN on particles ranging in size from 10 microns to 1 mm. In this talk I will describe the working principles of this new instrument and give examples of how it has been used for a few specific cases including measurements of adhesion between multilamellar vesicles, stress relaxation in model fat globules, and the elastic modulus of edible polymer microcapsules.