Synthesis & applications of polymer colloids & soft matter towards stimuli-responsive materials. Emulsion polymers. Photoresist polymers for nanolithography, nanofluidic devices & microcapsules & hybrid nanoparticles for biomedical devices, drug delivery systems & biosensors.
Synthesis and characterization of functional nano-biocolloids:- vesicles, liposomes, colloidosomes, polymersomes and polymer hydrogel microcapsules for drug delivery. Biodegradable shape memory polymers. Anisotropic colloids for directed assembly. Antimicrobial self-healing coatings. Nanostructured polymer colloids for live cell imaging and protein tracking. Light-actuated liquid crystalline polymers.
Dr. Budhlall works on developing smart polymers for nanomedicine applications in the department of Plastics Engineering. Dr. Budhlall also has eight (8) years experience working in industry, most recently at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. where she worked in the synthesis of latexes for coatings and developed photoresist polymers and immersion fluids for microlithography applications. Dr. Budhlall is interested in the synthesis of nanostructured materials with controlled morphologies specifically designed to trigger and control motility and assembly with external stimuli. I find it important that my technology can be scaled-up and is of use in a variety of industrial applications ranging from biosensors, chemical sensors and nanofluidic devices, smart coatings and adhesives, drug delivery systems, cellular transport and analysis and biomedical devices.