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Oxygen sensing smart bandage high school science fair project wins top prizes

scifair1A collaborative project between Prof. Shayn Peirce-Cottler‘s lab in Biomedical Engineering and the Chemistry Department Fraser Lab in oxygen sensing wound diagnostics served as inspiration for Emily and Charlotte Keeley, tenth grade twins at Charlottesville High School, for their high school science fair project, entitled “Creating a Smart Bandage: A Nanoparticle Embedded Polymer to Detect Local Oxygen Levels in Wounds.” They won seven prizes at the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair held at John Paul Jones Arena, including first place in Materials and Bioengineering category, several other engineering awards, and the Grand Award for Best Innovation including a $500 award from the fair sponsor. They were even featured on TV! See: Charlottesville Sisters Stand Out at Science Fair on CBS19. Graduate students Scott Seaman (Peirce-Cottler Lab, BME) in collaboration with Alex Zestos and Nguyen Nguyen (Fraser Lab) played key mentoring roles. Congratulations Emily and Charlotte!