• Polyisocyanopeptide hydrogels as effective tissue engineering scaffolds 

      Kargaard, Annette (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides the perfect environment for cells, with regard to mechanical strength, delivery of nutrients, facilitation of cell to cell communication, and more. The most challenging ...
    • Preparation and surface-functionalization of dye-doped bioconjugated poly(styrene-co-maleimide) nanoparticles 

      Swanepoel, Andri (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Standard methods used for detection of microbial contamination in water and food are based on culturing of samples to increase the number of bacteria present to a detectable level. These tests are however ...
    • Prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) targeting polymer-peptide conjugates 

      Jokonya, Simbarashe (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The primary objective of the study was the development of a polymeric drug delivery system targeting prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) by employing amphiphilic poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) as a ...
    • PVPylation of catalase 

      Michler, Andre (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Hair greying has been attributed to the loss of pigment-forming melanocytes from the hair follicle. Melanocytes are lost due to a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxidative species found ...
    • Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated polymerization of N-vinylpyrrolidone 

      Pound, Gwenaelle (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2008-03)
      Xanthate-mediated polymerization was investigated as a tool for the preparation of well-defined poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) and copolymers of N-vinylpyrrolidone. Some results regarding the monomer vinyl acetate are included, ...
    • Self-assembly of amphiphilic discotic materials 

      Van Schalkwyk, Welmarie (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The creation of nanometer-scale (nanoscale) materials has fascinated and inspired the scientific community for more than a quarter of a century because of the wide range of applications of these materials, ...
    • Self-healing coatings based on thiol-ene chemistry 

      Van den Dungen, Eric T. A. (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-03)
      The work presented in this dissertation describes the development of self-healing coatings based on thiol-ene chemistry. The approach was to synthesize capsules with thiol and ene compounds separately encapsulated. These ...
    • Silk-cellulose nanofiber membranes for application in water treatment 

      Nyakombi, Priscilla (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Electrospinning (ES) of biopolymers down to nanoscale size has received considerable interest in efforts to address specific millennia problems, which include materials for application in medical and water ...
    • Strategies for antibiofouling membranes 

      Cloete, William Joseph (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Membrane filtration is increasingly used for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment because it is an effective way to filter out bacteria and organic compounds. One of the largest problems is ...
    • Studies on porphyrin-based nanorods for artificial light harvesting applications 

      Mongwaketsi, Nametso Precious (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The work presented in this thesis throws light on the supramolecular approach in exploration of bi-porphyrin nanorods system wherein self-assembly plays an important role. Porphyrin based nanorods were ...
    • Study of nanofibrous membranes for application in post harvest technology 

      Harmzen, Elrika (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Grapes are lost annually due to spoilage by Botrytis cinerea. Botrytis cinerea is currently controlled using fungicides and SO2 fumigation in storage rooms but with limited success. Although these ...
    • Synthesis and characterization of telechelic hydroxyl functional poly (N-vinylpyrrolidone) 

      Pfukwa, Rueben (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2008-03)
      Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)-mediated polymerization has emerged as a versatile method for preparing polymers with control over molecular weight and polydispersity. Inherent in its mechanism ...
    • Synthesis and structure-property relationships of 3-methylene-2-pyrrolidone-based (co)polymers 

      Heyns, Ingrid Marie (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Recently, the incorporation of renewable resources as a substitute to fossil fuels in the synthesis of polymers/materials has attracted a vast amount of interest, particularly for the green advantages ...
    • Synthesis of E-caprolactone based antimicrobial biodegradable scaffolds 

      Mamba, Feziwe Bathabile (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial and biodegradable fibers are essential in medical applications, especially those in direct contact with the skin like wound dressings. It is ideal to have wound dressings that can eliminate ...
    • Synthesis of permanent non-leaching antimicrobial polymer nanofibers 

      Bshena, Osama E. S. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial fibers are very useful in various fields such as air and water purification, wound dressings and protective bandages, where sterile environments are essential. The nonwoven nanofiber mats ...
    • Synthesis of polymer-bound small-molecule kinase inhibitors as anti-tumour agents 

      Taleli, Lebusetsa (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Inhibition of kinase activities using small molecules for the treatment of various diseases, including lung cancer, is one of the most pursued therapeutic targets. Molecularly targeted therapy aimed at ...
    • Towards light switchable surfaces 

      Reader, Paul (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2011-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Polymeric nanofibrous membranes that act as surfaces offer two compelling properties; they have extremely large surface areas that can be modified and they can offer multiple reactive sites depending on ...