Farrell R. Kersey

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It has long been hypothesized that elastic modulus governs the biodistribution and circulation times of particles and cells in blood; however, this notion has never been rigorously tested. We synthesized hydrogel microparticles with tunable elasticity in the physiological range, which resemble red blood cells in size and shape, and tested their behavior in(More)
The mechanochemistry of the bimolecular nucleophilic substitution of DMSO for substituted pyridines at a square-planar pincer Pd(II) center was investigated using single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS). The SMFS data are interpreted in terms of the Bell-Evans model, which gives thermal off-rates for two reactions that agree well with previous,(More)
A family of hybrid polymer gels is described, in which covalent cross-links create a permanent, stiff scaffold onto which reversible metal-ligand coordinative cross-links are added. The reversible metal-ligand interactions are shown to bear mechanical stress within the hybrid gel, and relaxations in response to that applied stress are consistent with the(More)
Responsive biomaterials play important roles in imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) containing hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments are one class of biomaterial utilized for these purposes. The incorporation of luminescent molecules into NPs adds optical imaging and sensing capability to these vectors. Here we report on the(More)
Self-assembled polymers whose main chains are defined by reversible DNA base pairing form bridges between the tip of an atomic force microscope and substrate. The forces associated with the rupture of these assemblies are independent of polymer bridge length, and they resemble those expected for the isolated associations defining the polymer bridges. The(More)
Polymer bridging between surfaces plays an important role in a range of fundamental processes in the material and life sciences. Bridges formed by main-chain reversible polymers differ from their covalent analogs in that they can dynamically adjust their size and shape in response to external stimuli and have the potential to reform following bond scission.(More)
A simple, practical, and model-free method is presented, by which kinetic data can be extracted from variable loading-rate single molecule dynamic force spectroscopy experiments. The constant sampling rate of digital acquisition facilitates the sorting of multiple force curves into histograms that reflect the collective force-time history of the bonds of(More)
UNLABELLED The biological activity of nanoparticle-directed therapies critically depends on cellular targeting. We examined the subtumoral fate of Particle Replication in Non-Wetting Templates (PRINT) nanoparticles in a xenografted melanoma tumor model by multi-color flow cytometry and in vivo confocal tumor imaging. These approaches were compared with the(More)
Gold nanostars (AuNSs) are unique systems that can provide a novel multifunctional nanoplatform for molecular sensing and diagnostics. The plasmonic absorption band of AuNSs can be tuned to the near infrared spectral range, often referred to as the "tissue optical window", where light exhibits minimal absorption and deep penetration in tissue. AuNSs have(More)
We describe the fabrication of filamentous hydrogel nanoparticles using a unique soft lithography based particle molding process referred to as PRINT (particle replication in nonwetting templates). The nanoparticles possess a constant width of 80 nm, and we varied their lengths ranging from 180 to 5000 nm. In addition to varying the aspect ratio of the(More)
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