Camilla Edwards

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Andrew
College of Engineering
 
"Ever since I entered the University of Florida I knew I wanted to make a contribution to science. Research has given me the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to do just that."

Major

Materials Science and Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Biological Materials (in vivo use)
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Inorganic Materials

Academic Awards

  • Materials Science and Engineering Award
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Materials Science and Engineering Honor Society (ASM)
  • Society for Biomaterials
  • UF Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee

Volunteer

  • Shands Hospital Volunteer
  • Present to elementary and middle school children on the importance of biomaterials

Hobbies and Interests

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Researching novel uses of materials
  • Running
  • Spending time with friends and family

Research Description

Electrophoretic Deposition of Magnetic Nanoparticles Onto Silicone Substrates
The use of magnetic nanoparticles in electronic materials presents the possibility of lighter, smaller, faster on-chip inductors. To do this, nanoparticles must be deposited thickly and densely on patterned molds appropriate to the technological use. Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is an ideal method because of its high deposition rates, ability to be carried out at low temperatures, and capability to be scaled from the laboratory to industry.Research in the Andrew lab has already been conducted on the best way to manufacture, stabilize, and deposit magnetic nanoparticles (in this case, NiZnFe2O4) onto the exposed parts of a bilayer copper/silicone substrate coated in a KMPR photoresist, and a method that delivers fairly thick, dense, uncracked layers of NiZnFe2O4 is in place. My proposed research involves optimizing a drying technique so that the film produced from EPD remains intact after being deposited. After being removed from the bath of NiZnFe2O4, the substrate is rinsed in water and set aside to dry. However, this leads to chipping of the deposit and an uneven coating on the surface because of the mechanical force with which the water is sprayed as well as its evaporation rate. By testing various other solvents, specifically those with lower surface tension to facilitate fast evaporation, an overall better coating of NiZnFe2O4 is expected.