Curtis W Meuse

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In this report we describe the fabrication and characterization of a phospholipid/alkanethiol hybrid bilayer membrane in air. The bilayer is formed by the interaction of phospholipid with the hydrophobic surface of a self-assembled alkanethiol monolayer on gold. We have characterized the resulting hybrid bilayer membrane in air using atomic force(More)
The application of a new, phase-sensitive neutron reflectometry method to reveal the compositional depth profiles of biomimetic membranes is reported. Determination of the complex reflection amplitude allows the related scattering length density (SLD) profile to be obtained by a first-principles inversion without the need for fitting or adjustable(More)
Biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and regulatory agencies require novel methods to determine the structural stabilities of proteins and the integrity of protein-protein, protein-ligand, and protein-membrane interactions that can be applied to a variety of sample states and environments. Infrared spectroscopy is a favorable method for a number of(More)
The structural order and ordering conditions of the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of HSCH2CH2CH2O(EO)xCH3, where EO = CH2CH2O and x = 3-9, on polycrystalline gold (Au) were determined by reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. For x = 5-7, RAIRS and SE data show(More)
We have used new kinetic fitting procedures to obtain infrared (IR) absolute spectra for intermediates of the main bacteriorhodopsin (bR) photocycle(s). The linear-algebra-based procedures of Hendler et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B, 105, 3319-3228 (2001)) for obtaining clean absolute visible spectra of bR photocycle intermediates were adapted for use with IR data.(More)
We investigated the process of phospholipid vesicle fusion to a hydrophobic surface using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The kinetics of the fusion of dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles to an octadecanethiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was followed with EIS and found to be slower than(More)
A nondestructive Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy assay, amenable to exploring a wide range of proteins and polymers, is used to measure changes in the tertiary structure of bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorbed to three surfaces: gold, polystyrene (PS), and poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PDLLA). Tertiary structural analysis is important because typical(More)
The cavity ring-down technique is used to probe the absolute optical response of the localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a gold nanoparticle distribution to adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) from the gas phase. Extended Mie theory for a coated sphere with a particle-size-dependent dielectric function is used to(More)
It has long been known in spectroscopy that light not passing through a sample, but reaching the detector (i.e., stray light), results in a distortion of the spectrum known as absorption flattening. In spectroscopy with crystals, one must either include such stray light or take steps to exclude it. In the former case, the derived spectra are not accurate.(More)
We present the results of a molecular dynamics study of a set of surface-tethered S(CH2CH2O)6CH3 chains. In this study, we analyze helix formation, in addition to thermal disorder, and find that spontaneous helix formation and details of helix morphology depend on charge partitioning ascribed to oxygen and the methylene groups. The effects of varying(More)