Justin S. Valenstein

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A series of 2d-hexagonally packed mesoporous silica nanoparticle material with 10 nm pore diameter (MSN-10) covalently functionalized with organic surface modifiers have been synthesized via a post-synthesis grafting method. The material structure has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and nitrogen sorption analyses, and(More)
Lipid analysis often needs to be specifically optimized for each class of compounds due to its wide variety of chemical and physical properties. It becomes a serious bottleneck in the development of algae-based next generation biofuels when high-throughput analysis becomes essential for the optimization of various process conditions. We propose a(More)
Disinfectants play an important role in controlling microbial contamination on hard surfaces in hospitals. The effectiveness of disinfectants in real life can be predicted by laboratory tests that measure killing of microbes on carriers. The modified Quantitative Disk Carrier Test (QCT-2) is a standard laboratory method that employs American Iron and Steel(More)
Recent advancements in the synthesis of monodispersed, large average pore diameter mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) materials with highly functionalizable surface area ( ≥ 400 m 2 g − 1 ) and pore volume (1.05 cm 3 g − 1 ) has led to the development of a series of biomolecule delivery vehicles, where various proteins, small DNA and RNA sequences, and(More)
The delivery of proteins instead of DNA into plant cells allows for a transient presence of the protein or enzyme that can be useful for biochemical analysis or genome modifications. This may be of particular interest for genome editing, because it can avoid DNA (transgene) integration into the genome and generate precisely modified "nontransgenic" plants.(More)
Applying nanotechnology to plant science requires efficient systems for the delivery of nanoparticles (NPs) to plant cells and tissues. The presence of a cell wall in plant cells makes it challenging to extend the NP delivery methods available for animal research. In this work, research is presented which establishes an efficient NP delivery system for(More)
The delivery of proteins instead of DNA into plant cells allows for a transient presence of the protein or enzyme that can be useful for biochemical analysis or genome modifications. This may be of particular interest for genome editing, because it can avoid DNA (transgene) integration into the genome and generate precisely modified “nontransgenic” plants.(More)
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have been repeatedly demonstrated as potential drug-delivery devices. The study of biocompatibility and interaction of these materials with the various cell types is of great interest with regard to the development of viable pharmaceutical products. By mimicking the cholesterol, phosphatidylcholine, and(More)
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