Faculty Advisor

Camesano, Terri Anne


The industry of nanotechnology is growing faster than the understanding of nanoparticle’s long term health and environmental effects, which has brought about research regarding nanoparticle cytotoxicity. Our research focused on studying interactions between supported lipid bilayers with varying sized bare unconjugated gold nanoparticles. The interactions were monitored on an instrument, known as a Quartz crystal microbalance. From the results, size wasn’t a variable that governed how the bare gold nanoparticles affected the membrane. A major factor in the results was the lack of reproducibility. The existence of defects during the formation of the SLB is in itself a variable in the experiment and will need to be treated thusly in future nanoparticle-lipid bilayer research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering