M. B. Cortie

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Nanoparticles of gold, which are in the size range 10-100 nm, undergo a plasmon resonance with light. This is a process whereby the electrons of the gold resonate in response to incoming radiation causing them to both absorb and scatter light. This effect can be harnessed to either destroy tissue by local heating or release payload molecules of therapeutic(More)
Conjugates of gold nanoparticles and antibodies have useful functionalities. Here, we show how they can be used to selectively target and destroy parasitic protozoans. Gold nanorods were conjugated with an anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibody and used to target the extracellular tachyzoite which is an infectious form of an obligate parasite Toxoplasma gondii.(More)
The increasing number of bacterial strains that are resistant to available pharmaceutical compounds is a vital issue for public health. Innovative approaches will be required to improve the methods for both diagnosis and destruction of these organisms. Here, we consider the possible role that can be played by technologies based on gold nanoparticles. Gold(More)
Rod-shaped gold nanoparticles ('nanorods') have recently attracted widespread attention due to their unique optical properties and facile synthesis. In particular, they can support a longitudinal surface plasmon, which results in suspensions of them having a strong extinction peak in the upper visible or near-infrared parts of the spectrum. The position of(More)
Nanoscale sponges formed by de-alloying suitable metallic alloys have a wide variety of potential applications due to their enhanced catalytic, optical, and electrochemical properties. In general, these materials have a bi-continuous, vermicular morphology of pores and ligaments with a fibrous appearance; however, other morphologies are sometimes reported.(More)
The unique optical, chemical, and biological properties of gold nanoparticles have resulted in them becoming of clinical interest in several applications including drug and gene delivery. The attractive features of gold nanoparticles include their surface plasmon resonance, the controlled manner in which they interact with thiol groups, and their non-toxic(More)
Gold nanoparticles have strong and tunable absorption peaks in their optical extinction spectra, a phenomenon that has recently been exploited to generate localized heating in the vicinity of these particles. However the optimum particle geometry and illumination regime to maximize these effects appears not to have been previously examined in any detail.(More)
OBJECTIVES Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) of 21 nm have been previously well characterized in vitro for their capacity to target macrophages via active uptake. However, the short-term impact of such AuNPs on physiological systems, in particular resident macrophages located in fat tissue in vivo, is largely unknown. This project investigated the distribution,(More)