Amit Agrawal

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We report the use of Tat peptide-conjugated quantum dots (Tat-QDs) to examine the complex behavior of nanoparticle probes in live cells, a topic that is of considerable current interest in developing advanced nanoparticle agents for molecular and cellular imaging. Dynamic confocal imaging studies indicate that the peptide-conjugated QDs are internalized by(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) mediates serious lower respiratory tract illness in infants and young children and is a significant pathogen of the elderly and immune compromised. Rapid and sensitive RSV diagnosis is important to infection control and efforts to develop antiviral drugs. Current RSV detection methods are limited by sensitivity and/or time(More)
Electron beams with helical wavefronts carrying orbital angular momentum are expected to provide new capabilities for electron microscopy and other applications. We used nanofabricated diffraction holograms in an electron microscope to produce multiple electron vortex beams with well-defined topological charge. Beams carrying quantized amounts of orbital(More)
Gold nanostars are multibranched nanoparticles with sharp tips, which display extremely interesting plasmonic properties but require optimization. We present a systematic investigation of the influence of different parameters on the size, morphology, and monodispersity of Au nanostars obtained via seeded growth in concentrated solutions of(More)
Abstract— A location tracking sensor network is being deployed in several buildings at the University of Michigan to help explore issues in design of pervasive environments. Managing privacy is expected to be a significant concern for acceptance of such pervasive environments. This paper outlines an initial design of a publish-subscribe communication(More)
The goal of this study is to understand the effect of latent heat release on entrainment in cumulus clouds by employing a laboratory analogue consisting of a volumetrically heated turbulent axisymmetric jet. The jet fluid is volumetrically heated in an offsource manner to simulate condensation heat release in clouds. The experimental setup is similar to(More)
Large vortices occurring in the axial plane of a self-similar axisymmetric turbulent jet are educed by spatially filtering PIV data. First, the instantaneous PIV frame is convolved with a Gaussian kernel to obtain a smooth (low-pass) field. Next, the low-pass field is Galilean transformed to expose the large vortices residing near the edges of the jet.(More)
Mesoporous beads are promising materials for embedding functional nanoparticles because of their nanometer-sized pores and large surface areas. Here we report the development of silica microbeads embedded with both semiconductor quantum dots (QD) and iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanocrystals as a new class of dual-function carriers for optical encoding and magnetic(More)
The evolution of ligand specificity underlies many important problems in biology, from the appearance of drug resistant pathogens to the re-engineering of substrate specificity in enzymes. In studying biomolecules, however, the contributions of macromolecular sequence to binding specificity can be obscured by other selection pressures critical to(More)
Decades ago, Veselago predicted that a material with simultaneously negative electric and magnetic polarization responses would yield a 'left-handed' medium in which light propagates with opposite phase and energy velocities--a condition described by a negative refractive index. He proposed that a flat slab of left-handed material possessing an isotropic(More)