Why Carbon Nanotubes as Delivery Methods Should Excite You
Name: Aaliyah Russell ’24
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Project Title: Effect of pH on Mobility of Acetylcholine Through Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Faculty Adviser: Mark Ellison
For our research, Harrison Bonanny ’23 and I are determining whether pH plays an effect on the mobility of acetylcholine ions through carbon nanotubes. We apply voltages on either end of the nanotubes and force the ions through by using a certain voltage.
For our study, we hope to learn more about how pH can affect the speed in which ions can flow through a carbon nanotube. I hope to accomplish a better understanding of working in a lab with others and being able to problem-solve when faced with an issue regarding the experiment. This research is significant because hopefully one day we will be able to use carbon nanotubes to deliver certain neurotransmitters in a cell in order to mimic what is happening within the body in a more accurate way that has never been done before.
Being in the lab over the summer has been a great opportunity to apply the lab skills that I have learned over the past two years at Ursinus. It has also been a great way to brainstorm with my lab mates in order to come up with a solution to any problems we face.
My favorite part of Summer Fellows is being able to connect with other researchers on campus and hearing about their different experiences while being in the lab.