Adriana Biasco

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Silica fi lms are widely used in many fi elds, such as coatings and functionalization layers for biomedical surfaces and tissue engineering, controlled drug delivery, transplants, cell adhesion, growth, and controlled differentiation. [ 1–6 ] Other applications include masters and moulds for soft and nanoimprint lithographies, [ 7 ] diagnostics, optics and(More)
Because of their natural functional characteristics, involving inter- and intramolecular electron transfer, metalloproteins are good candidates for biomolecular nanoelectronics. In particular, blue copper proteins, such as azurin, can bind gold via a disulfide site present on its surface and they have a natural electron transfer activity that can be(More)
Producing polymeric or hybrid microfluidic devices operating at high temperatures with reduced or no water evaporation is a challenge for many on-chip applications including polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We study sample evaporation in polymeric and hybrid devices, realized by glass microchannels for avoiding water diffusion toward the elastomer used for(More)
This work describes the successful micropatterning of hybrid systems consisting of hydrogel-dispersed optically active and controllable proteins on solid surfaces without degradation of the photophysical properties of the light-emitting biomolecules. It demonstrates the preservation of the luminescence properties of proteins entrapped into isolated(More)
We investigated the structural changes occurring in proteins patterned via microcontact printing. This was done by molecular sizing using atomic force microscopy to observe the structure of printed individual metalloprotein molecules in the unlabeled and untreated states. We observed that the size of the printed proteins were more than 2-fold smaller than(More)
In this paper we brie.y describe new strategies to exploit self-assembled solid-state biomolecular materials as active elements of electronic devices. Two basically di1erent approaches are proposed: a top-down approach, where biomolecular semiconductors consisting of DNA basis are self-organized and interconnected by planar metallic nanopatterns, and a(More)
Different nanotechnological strategies have been selected to implement biomolecular devices following a bottom-up or top-down approach depending on the biomolecule and on its functionality. Biomolecules have particular functionality and self-assembling capabilities that can be exploited for the implementation of both bioelectronic devices and multipurpose(More)
We have studied the morphological, conformational, and electron-transfer (ET) function of the metalloprotein azurin in the solid state, by a combination of physical investigation methods, namely atomic force microscopy, intrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. We demonstrate that a "solid state protein film" maintains its(More)
The assessment of the folding and of the structural stability of a protein in air, upon immobilization in the solid state, represents a critical point from both a fundamental point of view and for the development of solid state nanobioelectronics. The recent demonstrations by Rinaldi et al. [R. Rinaldi et al., Adv. Mater. 14, 1453 (2002); Appl. Phys. Lett.(More)
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