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Daniel Siegwart selected for NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) Fellowship

photo of Daniel SiegwartDaniel Siegwart, third year student in the Matyjaszewski group, has been selected for an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) Fellowship for summer 2006. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering through first-hand experience in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The program also aims to provide an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure and orientation to the culture and language in East Asia.

Starting in the middle of June, Daniel will conduct research in a biomaterials lab at the University of Tokyo, working for Professor Kazunori Kataoka in the Department of Materials Engineering. Professor Kataoka is an expert in the field of biomaterials, especially for polymeric carrier systems such as block copolymer micelles for drug targeting. The objective of Daniel's project is to synthesize block copolymers that have temperature- and pH-sensitivity. They plan to evaluate these materials for use as "smart" drug delivery vehicles and as injectable scaffolds for bone fracture repair. One unique aspect of the project is that the material will be synthesized by combining cationic ring-opening polymerization with atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Another interesting feature is that the block copolymer will possess both temperature- and pH-responsiveness, making it an attractive candidate for use as block copolymer micelles for controlled drug delivery.

Daniel will receive a $3000 stipend from the NSF, a 592,500 yen ($5,223 U.S.) living allowance from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and an international airline ticket. The institute lasts approximately eight weeks from June to August.

May 5, 2006