Denis Boudreau

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A femtosecond laser-induced clean fluorescence technique was explored as a means to monitor halogenated alkanes in the atmosphere. Characteristic difluorocarbene radical (CF2) fluorescence in the UV-vis can be generated inside a femtosecond laser-induced filament for different halocarbons. We show that, due to different dissociation and excitation kinetics(More)
A reporter molecule consisting of a synthetic oligonucleotide is being characterised for a novel damage detection scenario for its potential use as a field-deployable, personal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) dosemeter for radiation detection. This dosemeter is devoid of any biological properties other than being naked DNA and therefore has no DNA repair(More)
A fluorescence signal amplification mechanism allowing detection limits for DNA in the zeptomolar range was investigated. Photophysical properties of the molecular system were studied in order to better explain the signal amplification that is observed. We show that the confinement of a fluorescent DNA hybridization transducer in aggregates improves its(More)
An integrated PCR-free DNA sensor, which combines a sequence-specific receptor, an optical polymeric transducer, and an intrinsic fluorescence amplification mechanism, is reported. This sensor is based on the different conformations adopted by a cationic polythiophene when electrostatically bound to ss-DNA or ds-DNA, and on the efficient and fast energy(More)
We report the specific detection of a few hundred molecules of genetic material using a fluorescent polythiophene biosensor. Such recognition is based on simple electrostatic interactions between a cationic polymeric optical transducer and the negatively charged nucleic acid target and can be done in less than 1 h, simply and affordably, and without any(More)
This study describes the preparation and characterization of novel multilayer core-shell nanoparticles displaying metal-enhanced Forster resonant energy transfer. The increase in range and efficiency of Forster resonant energy transfer in these fluorescent nanocomposites and their vastly improved luminosity make them promising optical probes for a variety(More)
A fluorescent polymeric hybridization transducer supported on magnetic microbeads was investigated for the rapid, ultrasensitive, and sequence-specific detection of DNA. We show that the polymer derivative can be used to detect target DNA directly on magnetic particles by preparing "target-ready" microbeads grafted with the polymer and suitable DNA probes.(More)
Self-assembled molecular structures immobilized on solid substrates and composed of fluorophore-tagged oligonucleotide probes and an optical polymeric transducer were investigated for the trace level detection of DNA target molecules. Rapid and efficient energy transfer between the polymeric transducer and fluorophores within the molecular aggregates leads(More)
The massive amplification of fluorescence signal observed upon hybridization of as few as five DNA molecules into self-assembled structures formed between a cationic polymer and DNA oligonucleotides is investigated. These superlighting polymer-DNA aggregates were studied by fluorescence spectroscopy, static and dynamic light scattering, and zeta potential(More)