Henna Rosilo

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The classic nanocomposite approach aims at percolation of low fraction of exfoliated individual reinforcing nanoscale elements within a polymeric matrix. By contrast, many of the mechanically excellent biological nanocomposites involve self-assembled and space-filled structures of hard reinforcing and soft toughening domains, with high weight fraction of(More)
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are high aspect ratio colloidal rods with nanoscale dimensions, attracting considerable interest recently due to their high mechanical properties, chirality, sustainability, and availability. In order to exploit them for advanced functions in new materials, novel supracolloidal concepts are needed to manipulate their(More)
Losing the grip: The synthesis of multivalent low-molecular-weight dendrons with lysine branching units coupled to disulfide-linked spermine surface groups is described. It is furthermore demonstrated that the dendrons bind DNA with good affinity (see image), but are also able to release the DNA in a reductive environment.
Degradable Newkome-type and polylysine dendrons functionalized with spermine surface units are used to control the formation of DNA origami structures. The intact dendrons form polyelectrolyte complexes with the scaffold strands, therefore blocking the origami formation. Degradation of the dendron with an optical trigger or chemical reduction leads to the(More)
Synthetic macromolecules that can bind and co-assemble with proteins are important for the future development of biohybrid materials. Active systems are further required to create materials that can respond and change their behavior in response to external stimuli. Here we report that stimuli-responsive linear-branched diblock copolymers consisting of a(More)
A generic approach for heterogeneous surface modification of cellulosic materials in aqueous medium, applicable for a wide range of functionalizations, is presented. In the first step, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) modified with azide or alkyne functionality, was adsorbed on a cellulosic substrate, thus, providing reactive sites for azide-alkyne(More)
Surfaces capable of high-affinity binding of biomolecules are required in several biotechnological applications, such as purification, transfection, and sensing. Therein, the rod-shaped, colloidal cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are appealing due to their large surface area available for functionalization. In order to exploit electrostatic binding, their(More)
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