Kevin Nguyen

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Mercapto-silica spheres with controllable size from ∼150 nm to ∼3.5 μm and narrow size distribution have been prepared in water using a one-pot synthesis, in which 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) was used as the sole silica source and ammonia as the base catalyst. The hydrolysis of MPS at the early stage of the reaction produces amphiphilic silicate(More)
Two chiral cage clusters built from uranyl polyhedra and (HPO(3))(2-) groups have been synthesized in pure yield and characterized structurally and spectroscopically in the solid state and aqueous solution. Synthesis reactions under ambient conditions in mildly acidic aqueous solutions gave clusters U(22)PO(3) and U(28)PO(3) that contain belts of four(More)
The self-assembly of uranyl peroxide polyhedra into a rich family of nanoscale cage clusters is thought to be favored by cation templating effects and the pliability of the intrinsically bent U-O2-U dihedral angle. Herein, the importance of ligand and cationic effects on the U-O2-U dihedral angle were explored by studying a family of peroxide-bridged dimers(More)
Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane, B(C6F5)3, has been found to be an effective catalyst to access the hydridoborate anion, [N(CH2CH2CH2)3Sn][HB(C6F5)3], via hydride abstraction from the hypercoordinated tin reagent, iPr-tricarbastannatrane. This process has been applied to the B(C6F5)3-catalyzed transfer 1,4-hydrostannylation of electron-deficient olefins,(More)
The first four uranyl peroxide compounds containing ethylenediaminetetra-acetate (EDTA) were synthesized and characterized from aqueous uranyl peroxide nitrate solutions with a pH range of 5-7. Raman spectra demonstrated that reaction solutions that crystallized [NaK15[(UO2)8(O2)8(C10H12O10N2)2(C2O4)4]·(H2O)14] (1) and(More)
The mechanical properties of naturally-derived matrices and biomaterials are thought to play an important role in directing cell adhesion, spreading, motility, proliferation and differentiation. However, recent reports have indicated that cells may respond to local nanoscale physical cues, rather than bulk mechanical properties. We had previously reported(More)
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