Ilhem Faiza Hakem

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The functionalization with phosphotriesterase of poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine)-based nanoporous membranes fabricated by self-assembly and nonsolvent induced phase separation (SNIPS) is shown to enable dynamically responsive membranes capable of substrate-specific and localized gating response. Integration of the SNIPS process with macroporous(More)
Spherical gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have been synthesized in aqueous solutions using sodium citrate (SC) and tannic acid (TA) as reducing and stabilizing agents. Upon addition of TA and compared to the GNP TA-free aqueous solutions, a reduction of the GNPs size and consequently a dramatic change of their optical properties have been observed and(More)
The model system of poly(ethylene-oxide) or PEO, where the changing hydrogen-bond connectivity of the water has large effect on the conformation of the polymer chain, in mixtures of water and acetonitrile, is experimentally studied. The results show the existence of a threshold water content in the system at which the 3d connectivity of the water network(More)
Chemical modification of nanoparticles or particlelike systems is ubiquitously being used to facilitate specific pharmaceutical functionalities or physicochemical attributes of nanocrystals, proteins, enzymes, or other particlelike systems. Often the modification process is incomplete and the functional activity of the product depends upon the distribution(More)
We present a lattice model to describe the effect of isotopic replacement, temperature, and pressure changes on the formation of hydrogen bonds in liquid water. The approach builds upon a previously established generalized lattice theory for hydrogen bonded liquids [B. A. Veytsman, J. Phys. Chem. 94, 8499 (1990)], accounts for the binding order of 1/2 in(More)
The compositional heterogeneity associated with polymer conjugation reactions of biomolecules is analyzed for the particular case of nonspecific PEGylation reactions. It is shown that the distribution of the number of PEG moieties grafted to biomolecules such as proteins is a binomial-type function of two parameters-the reaction efficiency as well as the(More)
A methodology based on light scattering and spectrophotometry was developed to evaluate the effect of organic surfactants on the size and yield of eutectic gallium/indium (EGaIn) nanodroplets formed in organic solvents by ultrasonication. The process was subsequently applied to systematically evaluate the role of headgroup chemistry as well as polar/apolar(More)
The effect of polymer conjugation on the interactions between proteins in solution is evaluated by systematic analysis of the second virial coefficient (A2) for the particular example of single- and double-PEGylated bovine serum albumin (PEG-BSA) in dilute PBS solution. The effect of PEGylation on A2 is found to sensitively depend on both the composition(More)
The scattering characteristics of block copolymer (BCP)/nanoparticle (NP) blend systems are analyzed in the weak segregation limit using random phase approximation (RPA). The scattering function is established and shown to adequately capture reported data of small-angle neutron scattering in poly(norbornene-b -d-norbornene dicarboxylic acid)/ Fe3O4(More)
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