Karine Mougin

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Analytical expressions relating the trajectories of spherical nanoparticles pushed by an atomic force microscope tip to the scan pattern of the tip are derived. In the case of a raster scan path, the particles are deflected in a direction defined by the geometries of tip and particles and the spacing b between consecutive scan lines. In the case of a zigzag(More)
Surface gradients can be used to perform a wide range of functions and represent a novel experimental platform for combinatorial discovery and analysis. In this work, a gradient in the coverage of a surface-immobilized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) layer is constructed to interrogate cell adhesion on a solid surface. Variation of surface coverage is achieved(More)
Thermally activated morphological reconstruction of nanoparticulate gold films deposited onto model molecular surfaces was investigated at 200 degrees C as a function of the annealing time. Results show a strong correlation of the spatial reorganization of the metallic particles to the surface chemistry of the underlying substrate. On the nonpolar surface,(More)
Wetting and capillarity have appeared over the last decadesas potential tools for the guided actuation, self-assembly and nanostructuration, and most recently as powerful "tool-free" techniques of micro-, and nano-fabrication, in the field of nanotechnology. The present work deals with such a use of wetting, achieving for the first time the spontaneous(More)
One key component in the assembly of nanoparticles is their precise positioning to enable the creation of new complex nano-objects. Controlling the nanoscale interactions is crucial for the prediction and understanding of the behaviour of nanoparticles (NPs) during their assembly. In the present work, we have manipulated bare and functionalized gold(More)
We have manipulated raw and functionalized gold nanoparticles (with a mean diameter of 25 nm) on silicon substrates with dynamic atomic force microscopy (AFM). Under ambient conditions, the particles stick to silicon until a critical amplitude is reached by the oscillations of the probing tip. Beyond that threshold, the particles start to follow different(More)
When two pure and nonmiscible liquid drops at rest on a rigid substrate come into close contact with a quasi-zero spreading velocity, one of them may be sucked around the second into a liquid ring, leading in some cases to the complete engulfment of the latter. We here show that the conditions for this amazing and unusual capillary effect to develop are(More)
The motion of rigid nanorods caused by the normal vibrations of a nanotip rastering a flat surface is described within an original collisional model. Provided that the friction between the nanorods and the surface is sufficiently high, the direction of motion and the orientation of the nanorods are determined by two pairs of differential equations. In the(More)
Here we demonstrate how confined nanobubbles and nanodroplets, which can either form spontaneously at the suspension/substrate interface, or can more interestingly be purposely introduced in the system, allow assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) into nanoring-like structures with a flexible control of both the size and distribution. As with most wetting-mediated(More)
We report the results of a model study on the interrelation among the occurrence of complex aggregation patterns in drying nanofluids, the size of the constitutive nanoparticles (NPs), and the drying temperature, which is a critical issue in the genesis of complex drying patterns that was never systematically reported before. We show that one can achieve(More)