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A new in vitro model system, adding advection and shear stress associated with a flowing medium, is proposed for the investigation of nanoparticles uptake and toxicity towards endothelial cells, since these processes are normally present when nanoparticles formulations are intravenously administered. In this model system, mechanical forces normally present(More)
The controversial nature of the fluorescent properties of carbon dots (CDs), ascribed either to surface states or to small molecules adsorbed onto the carbon nanostructures, is an unresolved issue. To date, an accurate picture of CDs and an exhaustive structure-property correlation are still lacking. Using two unconventional spectroscopic techniques,(More)
The linear and nonlinear optical properties of the heteroaromatic push-pull-push two-photon absorbing dye N-methyl-2,5-bis[1-(N-methylpyrid-4-yl)ethen-2-yl]-pyrrole ditriflate (PEPEP) are reported. The determination of the two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section spectrum has been performed with different techniques: femtosecond TPA-white light continuum(More)
Microfluidic, the technology that manipulates small amount of fluids in microscale complex devices, has undergone a remarkable development during the last decade, by targeting a significant range of applications, including biological tests and single-cell analysis, and by displaying many advantages such as reduced reagent consumption, decreased costs and(More)
Dissipative self-assembly is exploited by nature to control important biological functions, such as cell division, motility and signal transduction. The ability to construct synthetic supramolecular assemblies that require the continuous consumption of energy to remain in the functional state is an essential premise for the design of synthetic systems with(More)
We report a facile production of an up-converted surface-emitting DFB laser, performed by exploiting the versatility of sol-gel chemistry, the intriguing properties of well designed graded CdSe-CdS-Cd(0.5)Zn(0.5)S-ZnS colloidal quantum dots, and the scalability of nanoimprinting. Our laser prototype operates in the visible region following efficient optical(More)
Advanced age alone appears to be a risk factor for increased susceptibility to cardiac arrhythmias. We previously observed in the aged rat heart that sinus rhythm ventricular activation is delayed and characterized by abnormal epicardial patterns although conduction velocity is normal. While these findings relate to an advanced stage of aging, it is not yet(More)
Semiconductor nanocrystals are rapidly spreading into the display and lighting markets. Compared with liquid crystal and organic LED displays, nanocrystalline quantum dots (QDs) provide highly saturated colors, wide color gamut, resolution, rapid response time, optical efficiency, durability and low cost. This remarkable progress has been made possible by(More)
The intensity of the two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum of a terpyridine ligand acting as a D-pi-A chromophore (D = donor and A = acceptor) is enhanced by a factor of about 2 upon coordination to ZnCl(2). Based on an analysis of linear absorption and fluorescence spectra of both the ligand and its Zn(II) complex, we have defined essential-state models for(More)