Lucas B. Thompson

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Gold nanorods have promising applications in the fields of drug delivery and photothermal therapy. These promises arise from the nanorods' unique optical and photothermal properties, the availability of synthetic protocols that can tune the size and shape of the particles, the ability to modify the surface and conjugate drugs/molecules to the nanorods, and(More)
Microfluidic devices are well suited for manipulating and measuring mass limited samples. Here we adapt a microfluidic device containing functionalized surfaces to chemically stimulate a small number of neurons (down to a single neuron), collect the release of neuropeptides, and characterize them using mass spectrometry. As only a small fraction of the(More)
The widely used and versatile polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) nanoparticle coating strategy allows for gold nanorods to be transferred from aqueous media into a broad range of polar organic solvents without aggregation. The uniform dispersity and stability of the nanorods in organic solvents allows for uniform incorporation of nanorods into a variety(More)
Gold nanorods (GNRs) have attracted significant interest in the field of medicine as theranostic agents for both imaging and photothermal ablation of cancerous cells/tissues. Targeting theranostic GNRs specifically to cancer cells is necessary to enhance treatment efficacy and minimize undesired side effects. In this study, targeting functionalized GNR to(More)
We describe a modified bifunctional analogue of polyacrylamide that spontaneously forms self-assembled polymeric thin films on Au surfaces. The film is engineered to specifically bind histidine tagged proteins (6His), while simultaneously remaining inherently resistant to the non-specific adsorption of proteins in solution. The backbone of a(More)
Many synthetic approaches for gold nanoparticles rely on an aqueous media, resulting in water-soluble nanoparticles, which limits the ability to incorporate gold nanoparticles into other organic solvents or hydrophobic polymeric composites. Surface functionalization and phase transfer approaches using alkylthiols or alkylamines, which strongly bind the gold(More)
Studies of the interactions between cells and surrounding environment including cell culture surfaces and their responses to distinct chemical and physical cues are essential to understanding the regulation of cell growth, migration, and differentiation. In this work, we demonstrate the capability of a label-free optical imaging technique-surface plasmon(More)
Nanoparticles are environmental contaminants of emerging concern. Exposure to engineered nanoparticles has been shown to have detrimental effects on aquatic organisms. The authors synthesized gold nanoparticles (18.1 ± 3.5 nm) and tested their effects on time to and weight at metamorphosis in wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles, a species known to be(More)
Greetings from the Chemistry Department! Once again the year has slipped by quickly and we take time to look back on another significant year. First, most importantly, we are pleased to note that Professor Mike Wedlock is recovering nicely from open-heart surgery in May, which repaired a malfunctioning mitral valve. Mike will continue his recuperation(More)
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