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Non-symmetric disubstituted malonamides rAA-mGly-AA', obtained from Meldrum's acid, were considered as methylene active compounds and a Knoevenagel condensation methodology was developed involving piperidine and activated 4 A molecular sieves as catalysts. The reaction is efficient, broad in scope, and easy to perform and allows access to E/Z mixtures of… (More)
A new sensing protocol based on NMR magnetization transfer sequences and the molecular recognition abilities of nanoparticles allows the detection and identification of organic molecules in complex mixtures.
Starting from commercially available N-protected l-α-amino acids, N,N′-protected gem-diaminic units were obtained by a two-step methodology. A Hofmann reaction performed using a primary alcohol as the solvent to trap the isocyanate intermediate represents the key step of the new synthetic procedure. Then, the methodology was applied to α-carbamoyl… (More)
One of the most daunting challenges of nanomedicine is the finding of appropriate targeting agents to deliver suitable payloads precisely to cells affected by malignancies. Even more complex is the ability to ensure that the nanosystems enter those cells. Here, we use 2 nm (metal core) gold nanoparticles to target human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2)… (More)
Photo-switching of the NIR emission of gold nanoparticles (GNP) upon photo-isomerization of azobenzene ligands, bound to the surface, is demonstrated. Photophysical results confirm the occurrence of an excitation energy transfer process from the ligands to the GNP that produces sensitized NIR emission. Because of this process, the excitation efficiency of… (More)
Monolayer-protected nanoparticles provide a straightforward access to self-organized receptors that selectively bind different substrates in water. Molecules featuring different kinds of noncovalent interactions (namely, hydrophobic, ion pairing, and metal-ligand coordination) can be grafted on the nanoparticle surface to provide tailored binding sites for… (More)