Date of Completion

Summer 6-8-2020

Thesis Advisor(s)

Dr. Seok-Woo Lee

Honors Major

Materials Science and Engineering


Biology and Biomimetic Materials | Materials Science and Engineering | Polymer and Organic Materials


This work aims to investigate the material properties, durability, and bacterial barrier efficacy of neoprene for applications in the healthcare/medical field. A special focus on material stiffness and fatigue failure will be explored. Additionally, manufacturer regulations and testing will be inspected to ensure medical gloves made of neoprene blends have a proper lifespan for its desired application in the healthcare community. The resistance of protective gloves and its ability to withstand perforation failure will be investigated to guarantee the safety of users holds extreme importance. Lastly, an analysis of the bacterial barrier efficacy of neoprene gloves will be determined.