Fabien Picaud

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Recent measurements of the resonance frequency of a copper disk covered with carbon nanotube bundles have shown characteristic resonance shifts during exposure with various gas molecules. The shifts were interpreted as the change of the dielectric permittivity of the system forming the sensor due to the electric properties of the adsorbed molecules.(More)
We report molecular dynamic simulations showing that a DNA molecule constituted by five unique bases can be spontaneously inserted into single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) in normal conditions (P, T and water environment) depending on the tube radius value. The van der Waals and electrostatic interactions play a central role for the rapid insertion(More)
Detection of a single macromolecule based on the use of artificial nanopores is an attractive and promising field of research. In this work, we report a device based on a 5 nm single nanopore with a high length/diameter ratio, tailored by the track etching and atomic layer deposition techniques. The translocation of neutral polyethylene glycol (PEG) and(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL or Apo2L) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily. This type II transmembrane protein is able to bound specifically to cancer cell receptors (i.e., TRAIL-R1 (or DR4) and TRAIL-R2 (or DR5)) and to induce apoptosis without being toxic for healthy cells. Because membrane-bound(More)
Pore opening of KcsA channel is studied using targeted molecular dynamics simulations. Conformational changes of the protein are determined, starting from the crystallized refined 2.0 A structure (pdb 1K4C) determined in x-ray experiments and arriving to the open-state structure constructed on the basis of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic data(More)
A hybrid nanoporous membrane made of a solid-state polymeric thin film in which an ion channel is confined is realized. The primary and extremely encouraging results obtained by confocal fluorescence spectroscopy and ion diffusion measurement demonstrate respectively that (i) the considered ion channel, that is, Gramicidin-A, can be confined selectively(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations have been investigated to study the interactions between single-wall carbon nanotubes and an anticancer agent Pt complex (Cisplatin). The optimized diameter of the vector system has been determined to encapsulate in the best conditions the drug molecules. The simulation results show also that several drug molecules can be(More)
Fundamental understanding of ionic transport at the nanoscale is essential for developing biosensors based on nanopore technology and new generation high-performance nanofiltration membranes for separation and purification applications. We study here ionic transport through single putatively neutral hydrophobic nanopores with high aspect ratio (of length L(More)