Gabriel S Longo

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The interactions between a receptor-modified planar surface and a surface grafted with a bimodal polymer layer, where one of the polymer species is ligand functionalized, are studied using a molecular theory. The effects of changing the binding energy of the ligand-receptor pair, the polymer surface coverage, the composition, and molecular weight of both(More)
The phase stability of a fluid lipid layer that is a mixture of conventional monopolar lipids and C20 bipolar bolalipids was studied using a mean field theory that explicitly includes molecular details and configurational properties of the lipid molecules. The effect of changing the fraction of bolalipids, as well as the length of the hydrocarbon chain of(More)
The binding of small proteins to ligands that are attached to the free ends of polymers tethered to a planar surface is studied using a molecular theory. The effects of changing the intrinsic binding equilibrium constant of the ligand-receptor pair, the polymer surface coverage, the polymer molecular weight, and the protein size are studied. The results are(More)
Domain formation and control in pH-responsive amphiphilic polymer co-networks are studied theoretically. Two different molecular architectures of the polymer network are considered, depending on whether the pH-sensitive motif is borne by the hydrophobic or the hydrophilic monomer. When the hydrophobic polymer contains acidic groups, such chains form(More)
Binary mixtures of C(20)BAS and POPC membranes were studied by solid-state (2)H NMR spectroscopy and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) over a wide range of concentrations and at different temperatures. Three specifically deuterated C(20)BAS derivatives--[1',1',20',20'-(2)H(4)]C(20)BAS, [2',2',19',19'-(2)H(4)]C(20)BAS, and(More)
Recent single molecule experiments rely on the self-assembly of binary mixtures of molecules with very different properties in a stable monolayer, in order to probe the characteristics of the interspersed molecule of interest in a controlled environment. However, not all efforts at coassembly have been successful. To study systematically the behavior of(More)
We calculate partition coefficients of various chain anchors in liquid-ordered and liquid-disordered phases utilizing a theoretical model of a bilayer membrane containing cholesterol, dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine, and dioleoylphosphatidylcholine. The partition coefficients are calculated as a function of chain length, degree of saturation, and(More)
We present a molecular theory to study the adsorption of different species within pH-sensitive hydrogel nanofilms. The theoretical framework allows for a molecular-level description of all the components of the system, and it explicitly accounts for the acid-base equilibrium. We concentrate on the adsorption of hexahistidine, one of the most widely used(More)
In the traditional view of temperature-driven volume phase transitions in PNIPAM-based microgel solutions, a monotonic and sharp decrease in the particle size occurs upon heating the solution to above the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT). However, at sufficiently high microgel concentrations and under low salt conditions, our dynamic light(More)
Ligand-receptor binding is of utmost importance in several biologically related disciplines. Ligand binding assays (LBA) use the high specificity and high affinity of ligands to detect, target or measure a specific receptors. One particular example of ligand binding assays are Antibody conjugated Nanoparticles (AcNPs), edge-cutting technologies that are(More)