Manufacturing antimicrobial silver-coated wound dressings: chemistry practicum with Exciton Technologies
work experiences, professional development, college students
Antibiotic resistance and the prevalence of superbugs have become a global concern as it is increasing at a rapid rate which threatens our ability to treat common infections and leads to more difficult-to-treat infections. Exciton Technologies is a manufacturing and research company with a focus on higher oxidative state silver as a cost-effective solution to prevent infection and the spread of disease. As part of the Chemistry Internship Practicum (CHEM 497), from January 2023 - April 2023, I interned at Exciton Technologies. My position at Exciton was as a Quality Control analyst. In this presentation, I will highlight my work as a QC analyst, which includes: work in quality control laboratory functions, which involved performing standard analytical laboratory work following standard operating procedures, handling samples and running tests, documenting, reporting, and interpreting results, and maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the lab. I will also highlight the technical skills that I've acquired, which includes: calibrating and verifying laboratory instruments, techniques to properly use these instruments and troubleshoot these instruments, how to perform a variety of analytical tests and interpret the results from these tests, the mathematics and statistics necessary to complete reports and update control charts, good documentation skills and record keeping, how to make workplace labels, how to properly use spill kits, proper disposal of waste, how to properly store chemicals and solutions. The professional skills that I've developed include self-management, time management, communication skills (verbal and written), teamworking, planning and organization, and eagerness to learn and improve.
Presented on April 20, 2023 at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
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