Antonella Badia

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Films of hyaluronan (HA) and a phosphorylcholine-modified chitosan (PC-CH) were constructed by the polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) deposition technique and their buildup in 0.15 M NaCl was followed by atomic force microscopy, surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (SPR), and dissipative quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The HA/PC-CH films were stable over(More)
The layer-by-layer growth of multilayer assemblies of two polysaccharides, the polyanion hyaluronan (HA) and the polycation chitosan (CH), was investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy, with primary emphasis on the effect of the polysaccharide molecular weights on the film thickness and surface(More)
The effect of hydrophobic alkylated gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) on the phase behavior and structure of Langmuir monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and Survanta, a naturally derived commercial pulmonary surfactant that contains DPPC as the main lipid component and hydrophobic surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C, has been investigated in(More)
Atomic force microscopy was used to image Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins interacting with their natural targets, Manduca sexta midgut brush border membranes (BBMs), as well as with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC-DOPC) solid-supported lipid bilayers. In lipid bilayers, Cry1Aa formed structures 30-60 nm wide and 3-7 nm(More)
The microscopic structure of Langmuir films of derivatized gold nanoparticles has been studied as a function of area/particle on the water surface. The molecules (AuSHDA) consist of gold particles of mean core diameter D approximately 22 angstroms that have been stabilized by attachment of carboxylic acid terminated alkylthiols, HS-(CH2)15-COOH. Compression(More)
In this Account, we discuss the dynamic features of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on both planar and nonplanar substrates. Our focus is on organothiol and organic acid-based monolayers. Results from variable-temperature electrochemical, calorimetric, vibrational, and solid-state NMR spectroscopic measurements lead to a convergent description of SAM(More)
We report the formation of lipid membranes supported by a soft polymeric cushion of polydopamine. First, 20 nm thick polydopamine films were formed on mica substrates. Atomic force microscopy imaging indicated that these films were also soft with a surface roughness of 2 nm under hydrated conditions. A zwitterionic phospholipid bilayer was then deposited on(More)
This contribution offers a comprehensive understanding of the factors that govern the morphologies of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of amphiphilic diblock copolymers (BCs). This is achieved by a detailed investigation of a wide range of polystyrene-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-P4VP) block copolymers, in contrast to much more limited ranges in previous(More)
The redox-activated deflection of microcantilevers has attracted interest for nanoactuation and chemical sensing. Microcantilever sensors are devices that transduce (bio)chemical reactions into a quantifiable nanomechanical motion via surface stress changes. Despite promising applications in analytical science, poor signal-to-noise ratios and a limited(More)