Craig M. Whitaker
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
U.S. Naval Academy
572M Holloway Road Annapolis, MD
Chemical warfare is a growing field of concern that necessitates increased attention to determine how to efficiently detect toxic nerve agents, such as sarin and VX gas.
Hydrogels are three-dimensional materials with the ability to absorb large amounts of water while maintaining their dimensional stability. Smart hydrogels are hydrogels that undergo changes in their physical properties in response to environmental changes. High permeability to molecules and release of entrapped molecules in a controlled manner make hydrogels interesting materials for chemical and biological warfare research.