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Initial vs. Final Height of Dissolvable Strips - Student and Instructor's Versions

By Alexander Vincent Jannini, Nathan A Haden, Michael Evangelista, C. Stewart Slater, Mariano Savelski

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This is one of a set of experiments designed for lower level undergraduate courses that incorporates novel thin films for drug delivery. The focus of the experimental set is to introduce pharmaceutical concepts to undergraduates while also incorporating general engineering educational objectives.   This contains both a student version and instructor version.

In this lab, students create thin films of various thicknesses by filling their trays with certain volumes of solution.  The students determine if there is any correlation between the initial thickness of the solution when plated to the final thin film thickness.  The main objectives of this experiment are:  Students will learn how varying the initial volume of solution will alter the final height of the film strips; Students will create mathematical models using Microsoft Excel.

This experiment (and the others in this set) was developed by Rowan University as part of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (SOPS).

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  • Alexander Vincent Jannini; Nathan A Haden; Michael Evangelista; C. Stewart Slater; Mariano Savelski (2015), "Initial vs. Final Height of Dissolvable Strips - Student and Instructor's Versions,"

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