Daniela Paunescu

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Information, such as text printed on paper or images projected onto microfilm, can survive for over 500 years. However, the storage of digital information for time frames exceeding 50 years is challenging. Here we show that digital information can be stored on DNA and recovered without errors for considerably longer time frames. To allow for the perfect(More)
A method to encapsulate DNA in heat-resistant and inert magnetic particles was developed. An inexpensive synthesis technique based on co-precipitation was utilized to produce Fe2O3 nanoparticles, which were further functionalized with ammonium groups. DNA was adsorbed on this magnetic support, and the DNA/magnet nanocluster was surface coated with a dense(More)
The capability of tracing a food product along its production chain is important to ensure food safety and product authenticity. For this purpose and as an application example, recently developed Silica Particles with Encapsulated DNA (SPED) were added to milk at concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 100 ppb (μg per kg milk). Thereby the milk, as well as the(More)
This protocol describes a method for encapsulating DNA into amorphous silica (glass) spheres, mimicking the protection of nucleic acids within ancient fossils. In this approach, DNA encapsulation is achieved after the ammonium functionalization of silica nanoparticles. Within the glass spheres, the nucleic acid molecules are hermetically sealed and(More)
Ecological networks such as food webs are extremely complex and can provide important information about the robustness and productivity of an ecosystem. In most cases, it is not feasible to observe trophic interactions between predators and prey directly and with the available methods, it is difficult to quantify the connections between them. Here, we show(More)
Ferromagnetic nanoparticles are covalently modified in order to enhance the dispersion stability as well as the antifouling properties. Insertion of an azide moiety allows "click"-reaction of a relevant tag molecule. This and the high saturation magnetization of the presented nanocomposite offer a promising platform for magnetic biosensors.
"Lab on a particle" architecture is employed in designing a light nanosensor. Light-sensitive protecting groups are installed on DNA, which is encapsulated in silica particles, qualifying as a self-sufficient light sensor. The nanosensors allow measuring light intensity and duration in very small volumes, such as single cells, and store the irradiation(More)
The concentrations of nanoparticles present in colloidal dispersions are usually measured and given in mass concentration (e.g. mg/mL), and number concentrations can only be obtained by making assumptions about nanoparticle size and morphology. Additionally traditional nanoparticle concentration measures are not very sensitive, and only the presence/absence(More)
We show that the rest mass of a system consisting of two photons is a relativistic invariant having the same magnitude in all inertial reference frames in relative motion. A scenario which starts with two photons where their frequencies are equal to each other the magnitude of the rest mass of the system depends on the angle θ’, made by the momentums of the(More)