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Sulfur(II)-containing polymers (polysulfides) combine flexible synthetic and processing techniques with a unique responsiveness to oxidants. Here, the polysulfide oxidative sensitivity is put into the biological context of the development of new anti-inflammatory therapies - the development of new anti-inflammatory methodologies, adopted interactions and(More)
In this paper we study enumeration problems for polytopes arising from combinatorial optimization problems. While these polytopes turn out to be quickly intractable for enumeration algorithms designed for general polytopes, tailor-made algorithms using their rich combinatorial features can exhibit strong performances. The main engine of these combinatorial(More)
Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) is successfully applied to electrospun constructs of poly(L-lactide). ATRP macroinitiators are adsorbed through polyelectrolyte complexation following the introduction of negative charges on the polyester surface through its blending with a six-armed carboxy-terminated oligolactide. SI-ATRP of(More)
The SDP (semidefinite programming) relaxation for general POPs (polynomial optimization problems), which was proposed as a method for computing global optimal solutions of POPs by Lasserre, has become an active research subject recently. We propose a new heuristic method exploiting the equality constraints in a given POP, and strengthen the SDP relaxation(More)
Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) can be used to produce conformal coatings of controlled thickness on virtually any surface, providing to it specific physico-chemical and biological properties. Here we have tackled the problem of modulating cell adhesion on typical culture substrates; tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS) offers(More)
The diffusion of dilute colloids in contact with swollen polymer brushes has been studied by evanescent wave dynamic light scattering. Two polystyrene nanogels with 16 nm and 42 nm radius were put into contact with three polystyrene brushes with varying grafting densities. Partial penetration of the nanogels within the brushes was revealed by the evanescent(More)
Synthetic complementary oligonucleotides are useful hybridization probes for the detection of mRNAs and genes encoding proteins for which only a partial amino acid sequence is known. Usually this involves the synthesis of mixtures of oligonucleotides complementary to all possible bases in degenerate positions of codons. As an alternative we have prepared(More)
We report using poly(acrylamide-co-2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate, methyl chloride quaternized) cationic microgels as a porous colloidal template for biomimetic in situ silica mineralization, allowing the well-controlled synthesis of submicrometer-sized hybrid microgel--silica particles and porous silica particles by subsequent calcination. The(More)
General QOPs (quadratic optimization problems) have a linear objective function cTx to be maximized over a nonconvex compact feasible region F described by a finite number of quadratic inequalities. Difficulties in solving a QOP arise from the nonconvexity in its quadratic terms. We propose a branch and bound algorithm for QOPs where branching operations(More)
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