Francesca Cavalieri

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In this paper, we present some new case examples where the chemical versatility of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) can be used for potential biomedical applications. PVA, the polymeric material used for designing new nanostructured devices, is water soluble, biocompatible and has excellent physical properties. We point out the possibility of obtaining(More)
Gas filled hollow microparticles, i.e., microbubbles and microballoons, are soft matter devices used in a number of diverse applications ranging from protein separation and purification in food science to drilling technology and ultrasound imaging. Aqueous dispersions of these mesoscopic systems are characterized by the stabilization of the air/water(More)
Hollow (air-filled) microparticles, i.e., microbubbles, provide a promising novel vehicle for both local delivery of therapeutic agents and simultaneous diagnostic ultrasound echo investigations. In this paper, we describe the synthetic routes for decorating the polymeric shell of a poly(vinyl alcohol)-based microbubble with low and high molecular weight(More)
Oil-filled microcapsules of kraft lignin were synthesized by first creating an oil in water emulsion followed by a high-intensity, ultrasound-assisted cross-linking of lignin at the water/oil interface. The rationale behind our approach is based on promoting documented lignin hydrophobic interactions within the oil phase, followed by locking the resulting(More)
Gas-filled microbubbles are widely used in diagnostic imaging. Recent developments have greatly enhanced the potential use of microbubbles for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. For the potential use of microbubbles in therapeutic applications, the chemical nature of the shell and its mechanical properties are crucial, and requires a tailored(More)
High-intensity ultrasound induces emulsification and cross-linking of protein molecules in aqueous medium. The stability and the functionality of the resultant protein-coated microbubbles are crucial in many of their applications. For example, the stability of drug-loaded microbubbles should be sufficiently long enough, in vivo, so that they can be ruptured(More)
In this report, we describe the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) using LbL-assembled microcapsules. The microcapsules are based on negatively charged poly(methacrylic acid) nanometer thin films containing cross-linking disulfide bonds. One system is polycation-free and another contains polylysine for siRNA complexation in the microcapsule void.(More)
The need of innovative, multifunctional biomaterials for the partial or complete tissue replacement is the driving force for the search of improvements of the performances of the available materials and in the formulation of new ones. Addressing the focus to vitreous substitution, we have explored the possibility of using injectable aqueous solutions of(More)
The development of new antimicrobial therapeutic tools addresses the emergence of multidrug-resistant micro-organisms or clones and the need for more effective antimicrobial strategies. Overcoming the hurdles in providing early diagnosis and intervention on hard-to-reach and/or resting bacteria (i.e. biofilm-embedded cells) represents a challenging task. In(More)