Ignacio Caretti

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Mechanical heart valves are exposed to extreme mechanical demands, which require a surface showing not only nonhaemostatic properties, but also wear resistance and low friction. As alternative to different forms of amorphous carbon (a-C), so-called diamond-like carbon (DLC), the suitability of boron carbonitride (BCN) coatings is tested here for(More)
Single enantiomers of R-/S-methylbenzylamine (MBA) were found to selectively form adducts with the chiral non-C(2) symmetric Cu-salen complex N-(3,5-di-tert-butylsalicylidene)-N'-(salicylidene)-cyclohexane-1,2-diamine copper(II), hereafter labelled [Cu(3)]. The g/A spin Hamiltonian parameters of this Cu(II) complex showed a decrease in symmetry from axial(More)
We present a detailed study of B1-xNx (0<x<0.6) films synthesized at room temperature by N2 + ion-beam assisted evaporation of boron. The atom-ion ratio was related to the final boron concentration as determined by X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and to the bonding structure explored by infrared (IR) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure(More)
The design of reproducible and more efficient nanofabrication routes has become a very active research field in recent years. In particular, the development of new methods for micro- and nanopatterning materials surfaces has attracted the attention of many researchers in industry and academia as a consequence of the growing relevance of patterned surfaces(More)
7 A systematic study for the optimization of the deposition process of ZnO thin films grown by 8 DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature was carried out using different oxygen partial 9 pressures and deposition times. We have established a correlation between the oxygen partial 10 pressure, the chemical composition and the crystalline structure of the(More)
Single enantiomers of R/S-methylbenzylamine (MBA) were found to selectively form adducts with two chiral Cu-salen complexes, [Cu(II)(1)] (H(2)1 = N,N'-bis(3,5-ditert-butylsalicylidene)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane) and [Cu(II)(2)] (H(2)2 = N,N'-bis-salicylidene-1,2-cyclohexanediamino). The axial g/A spin Hamiltonian parameters of the Cu-MBA adducts were typical(More)
X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) was used to investigate two sets of graphite-like BCxN thin films with similar B:C:N ratios but different amounts of nitrogen vacancies, which become oxygen-filled in the surface-most region. The two sets of samples were grown on Si (100) at room temperature by ion beam assisted deposition using two different(More)
High-energy radiation produces radicals in crystalline sucrose. As such, sucrose is considered as a relevant model system for studying radiation damage to the sugar units of DNA. Many of these radicals are stable, detectable at room temperature with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and their concentration is proportional to the absorbed dose in a(More)
Metal incorporation and doping is one of the routes commonly explored to improve visible light photocatalytic activity of titania and related materials. In this work, we explore the effect of copper and vanadium deposition and incorporation in multi-walled hydrogen trititanate and mixed-phase anatase/trititanate nanotubes. The molecular designed dispersion(More)
(Received 14 December 2010; accepted 22 May 2011; published online 21 July 2011) The generation of point defects in highly oriented pyrolytic boron nitride (HOPBN) after Arþ ion bombardment in ultrahigh vacuum and subsequent exposure to air was studied by angle-resolved x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The pristine HOPBN showed well-oriented(More)