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Magnetic force microscopy was used to image and detect ferritin proteins and the strength of the magnetic signal is discussed, revealing a large workable lift height between the magnetic tip and the ferritin sample.
Developing synthetic methods to produce carbon dots (CDs) using natural biomass or other readily available carbon sources are currently being explored. We describe a simple and green synthetic method for preparing fluorescent CDs by water extraction from heat-treated shrimp eggs (SE-CDs). The SE-CDs appeared spherical with an average size of 3.25 ± 1.06 nm.… (More)
Structure transition cascade: Insulin fibrils undergo a secondary structural transition-from the α-rich to the β-rich form-upon progressively increasing the incubation time from 0.5 to ten hours. Atomic force microscopy measurements show that the fibril surface chemistry changes from hydrophilic to hydrophobic and the aggregation rate increases fivefold.
Aminopropylsilatrane (AP-silatrane) was investigated as an adhesive layer for anchoring Au nanoparticles on silicon substrates. We compared the preparation procedure and film quality of the AP-silatrane films to those of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), which is commonly used for nanoparticle attachment on silicon. The films were characterized by… (More)
Gramicidin molecules were deposited on HOPG surfaces to characterize molecular orientation and film structure as a function of surface coverage and temperature. At low coverage (0.35 ML), the molecules adopted a flat-lying orientation and formed dendritic islands. At higher coverage (0.86 ML), molecules adopted an upright orientation and circular holes… (More)
Cells reorganize their membrane biomechanical dynamics in response to environmental stimuli or inhibitors associated with their physiological/pathological processes, and disease therapeutics. To validate the biophysical dynamics during cell exposure to anti-cancer drugs, we investigate the nanoscale biological characterization in melanoma cells undergoing… (More)
Intravital fluorescence imaging has great potential in biological and biomedical research, as it provides the ability to directly observe biological structures and processes in their natural state. Contrast agents for intravital imaging applications should exhibit good biocompatibility, multiphoton fluorescence, and long emission. Carbon nanodots and… (More)
We demonstrate a simple method to synthesize silver wires by thermal reduction of aqueous AgNO(3) droplet with catalytic anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles which were spin-coated on Si wafer. Structural characterization of the silver wires shows that the nanowires grow primarily along the  direction. SEM image of the silver wires clearly shows the catalytic… (More)
The eggshell membrane (ESM) is a naturally occurring biological polymer, which can be extracted from eggshells, and has been used for adsorption of dyes or heavy metals, as a semipermeable membrane to control particle transport, and as a natural biocompatible material for tissue replacement. In this study, we used hydrogen peroxide to control the pore size… (More)
Insulin fibrils were used as a biotemplate for creating gold nanoparticle chains on glass substrates, and then subsequently removed by exposing the samples to a low-pressure plasma, leaving the gold nanoparticles on the glass surface in their template positions.