Camillo La Mesa

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The phase behavior and some physicochemical properties of homopolymers (HP) and hydrophobically modified (HMP) polymers, as well as of polyelectrolytes (PE) and proteins (PR), in the presence of aqueous surfactants, or their mixtures, are discussed. Mixing the above components gives rise to the formation of organized phases, whose properties are controlled(More)
The synthesis and characterisation of new surfactants with peculiar physical-chemical properties are amongst the most promising and expanding issues in pharmacological colloid science. The most used vesicular carriers are liposomes prepared from a wide variety of natural and synthetic phospholipids, but several ionic and non-ionic amphiphiles have been used(More)
A wide number of supra-molecular association modes are observed in mixtures containing water and bile salts, BS, (with, eventually, other components). Molecular or micellar solutions transform into hydrated solids, fibres, lyotropic liquid crystals and/or gels by raising the concentration, the temperature, adding electrolytes, surfactants, lipids and(More)
Synthetic vesicles were prepared by mixing anionic and cationic surfactants, aqueous sodium dodecylsulfate with didodecyltrimethylammonium or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. The overall surfactant content and the (anionic/cationic) mole ratios allow one to obtain negatively charged vesicles. In the phase diagram, the vesicular region is located between a(More)
In 1/1 mass ratio mixtures made of single strand DNA and single-walled carbon nanotubes lyotropic nematic phases are formed. The process is assisted by segregative phase separation procedures. The liquid crystalline order occurring therein was confirmed by optical polarizing microscopy and zero-shear rheology. The resulting nematic droplets were dispersed(More)
Single walled carbon nanotubes have singular physicochemical properties making them attractive in a wide range of applications. Studies on carbon nanotubes and biological macromolecules exist in literature. However, ad hoc investigations are helpful to better understand the interaction mechanisms. We report on a system consisting of single walled carbon(More)
The interactions between cat-anionic (an acronym indicating surfactant aggregates (micelles and vesicles) formed upon mixing cationic and anionic surfactants in nonstoichiometric amounts) vesicles and DNA have been the subject of intensive studies because of their potential applications in biomedicine. Here we report on the interactions between DNA and(More)
1/1 dispersions of ss-DNA/CNT complexes in mass ratios were investigated in a mixture with didodecyldimethylammonium bromide, DDAB. Depending on the amounts of the surface-active agent and of the complexes, solutions, precipitates, or re-dissolution occur. DDAB titrates the phosphate groups on the outer surface of the complex and controls the phase sequence(More)
Mixtures containing water, bovine serum albumin (BSA), and sodium taurodeoxycholate (NaTDC), a component of the bile in mammals, have been investigated in a wide range of composition and pH. Depending on the concentration of both solutes and the pH, solutions, precipitates, and gels are formed. Under spontaneous pH conditions, the transport properties in(More)
Water-based protein-surfactant gels, formed by mixing bovine serum albumin (BSA) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water, were investigated by rheological methods. The measurements were performed for many different protein-to-surfactant ratios as a function of the applied frequency, stress, or strain, as well as by changing the temperature, in the range between(More)