Dermal Drug Delivery
The low enzymatic activity of skin makes it a good candidate for systemic and dermal drug delivery in a timed controlled manner. This has various biomedical benefits over oral or intravenous drug administration. Skin adhesives and polymer systems (such as hydrocolloids) that contain naturally-occuring hydrophilic molecules have many important dermal applications. These include skin adhesives, ostomy devices, drug delivery systems, wound dressings and bioelectrodes for use in electrotherapeutic applications such as iontophoresis. We are interested in designing smart adhesives for these applications.