Jean-Pierre Aimé

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The DNA origami approach enables the construction of complex objects from DNA strands. A fundamental understanding of the kinetics and thermodynamics of DNA origami assembly is extremely important for building large DNA structures with multifunctionality. Here both experimental and theoretical studies of DNA origami melting were carried out in order to(More)
Nucleic acids are finding applications in nanotechnology as nanomaterials, mechanical devices, templates, and biosensors. G-quadruplex DNA, formed by π-π stacking of guanine (G) quartets, is an attractive alternative to regular B-DNA because of the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of quadruplexes. However, they suffer from a fatal flaw: the rules of(More)
We present a sensitive measurement of the dissipation and the effective viscosity of a simple confined liquid (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane) using an atomic force microscope. The experimental data show that the damping and the effective viscosity increase and present oscillations as the gap between the cantilever tip and the surface is diminished. To our(More)
DNA based nanostructures built on a long single stranded DNA scaffold, known as DNA origamis, offer the possibility to organize various molecules at the nanometer scale in one pot experiments. The folding of the scaffold is guaranteed by the presence of short, single stranded DNA sequences (staples), that hold together separate regions of the scaffold. In(More)
Logic circuits based on DNA strand displacement reactions have been shown to be versatile enough to compute the square root of four-bit numbers. The implementation of these circuits as a set of bulk reactions faces difficulties which include leaky reactions and intrinsically slow, diffusion-limited reaction rates. In this paper, we consider simple examples(More)
We discuss generalizations of a previously published coarse-grained description [Mergell et al., Phys. Rev. E 68, 021911 (2003)] of double stranded DNA (dsDNA). The model is defined at the base-pair level and includes the electrostatic repulsion between neighbor helices. We show that the model reproduces mechanical and elastic properties of several DNA(More)
Applications based on Single Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWNT) are good example of the great need to continuously develop metrology methods in the field of nanotechnology. Contact and interface properties are key parameters that determine the efficiency of SWNT functionalized nanomaterials and nanodevices. In this work we have taken advantage of a good control(More)
Mechanical response of carbon nanotube atomic force microscope probes are investigated using a thermal noise forcing. Thermal noise spectra are able to investigate mechanical behaviors that cannot be studied using classical atomic force microscope modes. Experimental results show that the carbon nanotube contacts can be classified in two categories: the(More)
The adsorption of mixed terminally aminated organosilyl compounds with long-chain n-alkyltrichlorosilanes on silica substrates has been studied by FTIR and AFM to deposit and study DNA. By optimization of deposition conditions, the mixed monolayers were found to be well organized and homogeneous. The amino group was protected to obtain a reproducible(More)
This work reports the first evidence that recombinant yeast phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) is still significantly active when immobilized on glass and muscovite mica. Using previous work to improve the sensitivity of the existing setup, Tapping Mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used in a liquid environment to determine the surface enzyme coverage of(More)