Jan Fransaer

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Swarming is the fastest known bacterial mode of surface translocation and enables the rapid colonization of a nutrient-rich environment and host tissues. This complex multicellular behavior requires the integration of chemical and physical signals, which leads to the physiological and morphological differentiation of the bacteria into swarmer cells. Here,(More)
Colloidal particles confined at liquid interfaces have important applications, for example in the stabilization of emulsions and foams. Also the self-assembly of particles at interfaces offers potential for novel applications and structured particle films. As the colloidal interactions of colloidal particles at interfaces differ from those in bulk,(More)
In this study we report a new simple process to manufacture a biofuel cell consisting of a glucose oxidase (GOx) based anode and a laccase (LAc) based cathode. The process is based on the electro-deposition of the enzymes, conducting polymer and redox mediators from ultrapure water at a potential of 4V vs. AgCl/Ag. Contrary to the conventional(More)
A highly sensitive and selective glutamate microbiosensor based on polypyrrole (PPy), multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and glutamate oxidase (GluOx) deposited on the transducer platinum electrode (Pt) is described. The sensor consists of a permselective membrane of polypyrrole for the rejection of interferences, followed by a layer of multiwalled carbon(More)
The behavior of monolayers of monodisperse prolate ellipsoidal latex particles with the same surface chemistry but varying aspect ratio has been studied experimentally. Particle monolayers at an air-water interface were subjected to compression in a Langmuir trough. When surface pressure measurements and microscopy observations were combined, possible(More)
The hydrophilic nature of graphene oxide sheets can be tailored by varying the carbon to oxygen ratio. Depending on this ratio, the particles can be deposited at either a water-air or a water-oil interface. Upon compression of thus-created Langmuir monolayers, the sheets cover the entire interface, assembling into a strong, compact layer of tiled graphene(More)
The electrostatic interaction of charged spherical colloids trapped at an interface between a nonpolar medium and water is analyzed. Complementary experiments provide consistent values for the dipole-dipole interaction potential over a wide range of interparticle distances. After accounting for the contribution from the compact inner double layer arising(More)
A versatile and efficient method to synthesize tetrasubstituted imidazoles via a one-pot modified Debus-Radziszewski reaction and their subsequent transformation into the corresponding imidazolium ionic liquids is reported. The tetrasubstituted imidazoles were also synthesized by means of a continuous flow process. This straightforward synthetic procedure(More)
A series of nitrile-functionalized ionic liquids were found to exhibit temperature-dependent miscibility (thermomorphism) with the lower alcohols. Their coordinating abilities toward cobalt(II) ions were investigated through the dissolution process of cobalt(II) bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide and were found to depend on the donor abilities of the nitrile(More)
The flexibility of the electrochemical synthesis of MOFs films is illustrated by the preparation of well-adhering layers of luminescent MOFs on electrically conductive solid substrates. The luminescent layers have been successfully tested for the detection of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT).