Brett A Helms

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Engineering efficient, directional electronic communication between living and nonliving systems has the potential to combine the unique characteristics of both materials for advanced biotechnological applications. However, the cell membrane is designed by nature to be an insulator, restricting the flow of charged species; therefore, introducing a(More)
It has been more than a decade since the experimental demonstration that the thermal conductivity of carbon nanotubes can exceed that of diamond, which has the highest thermal conductivity among naturally occurring materials. In spite of tremendous promise as a thermal material, results have been disappointing for practical thermal systems and applications(More)
Luminescent nanocrystals hold great potential for bioimaging because of their exceptional optical properties, but their use in live cells has been limited. When nanocrystals enter live cells, they are taken up in vesicles. This vesicular sequestration is persistent and precludes nanocrystals from reaching intracellular targets. Here, we describe a unique,(More)
Peptides derived from phage display typically show significantly weaker binding than their respective high affinity phage, which can bind to protein surfaces in a multivalent fashion. Here we show that mimicking key aspects of the multivalent architecture of the phage on an AB(5) dendritic wedge can enhance the affinity of a phage-display derived collagen(More)
Phage display is widely used for the selection of target-specific peptide sequences. Presentation of phage peptides on a multivalent platform can be used to (partially) restore the binding affinity. Here, we present a detailed analysis of the effects of valency, linker choice, and receptor density on binding affinity of a multivalent architecture, using(More)
A facile route to generate cyclic peptide nanotubes with tunable interiors is presented. By incorporating 3-amino-2-methylbenzoic acid in the D,L-alternating primary sequence of a cyclic peptide, a functional group can be presented in the interior of the nanotubes without compromising the formation of high aspect ratio nanotubes. The new design of such a(More)
Using facile, highly modular synthetic approaches, a new monomer family based on a 1,2,3-triazole-4-vinyl building block has been prepared, and various functional derivatives have been obtained. Subsequent homo- and copolymerization of these novel functionalized monomers gives polymeric materials with unique physical properties, combining many attractive(More)