Marco Rolandi

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) are grown by a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method at 600 °C. The nanotubes are of high quality as characterized by microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical transport measurements. High performance field effect transistors are obtained with the PECVD nanotubes. Interestingly, electrical(More)
Engineered tissues require enhanced organization of cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) for proper function. To promote cell organization, substrates with controlled micro- and nanopatterns have been developed as supports for cell growth, and to induce cellular elongation and orientation via contact guidance. Micropatterned ultra-thin biodegradable(More)
Recent technological advancements in the area of intracoronary physiology, as well as non-invasive contrast perfusion imaging, allow to make clinical decisions with respect to percutaneous coronary interventions and to identify microcirculatory coronary pathophysiology. The basic characteristics of coronary hemodynamics, as described by pressure-flow(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to examine the clinical performance of and theoretical basis for the instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) approximation to the fractional flow reserve (FFR). BACKGROUND Recent work has proposed iFR as a vasodilation-free alternative to FFR for making mechanical revascularization decisions. Its fundamental basis is the(More)
Approach 1 (3 nm nanofibers): Typically, 0.001-0.05 wt% chitin/HFIP solutions are prepared by dissolving chitin in HFIP while stirring, this procedure forms homogeneous solutions. 5 μL of the as-prepared solutions are then placed on top of freshly clean silicon wafers or glass coverslips. After evaporation of the solvent, the samples are washed with a(More)
A generic method for the rapid, reproducible, and robust bonding of microfluidic chips fabricated from plastics has been developed and optimized. One of the bonding surfaces is exposed to solvent vapor prior to bringing the mating parts into contact and applying a load. Nanoindentation measurements performed by atomic force microscopy show that a reversible(More)
Our aim was to investigate the effect of altered cardiac-coronary interaction during the Valsalva manoeuvre (VM) on coronary wave intensity and the response of coronary microvascular resistance. In 13 patients, left ventricular (P(LV)) and aortic pressure were measured during catheterization, together with intracoronary pressure and blood flow velocity (U)(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms of reduced angina on second exertion in patients with coronary arterial disease, also known as the warm-up angina phenomenon, are poorly understood. Adaptations within the coronary and systemic circulations have been suggested but never demonstrated in vivo. In this study we measured central and coronary hemodynamics during serial(More)
Wave intensity analysis and wave separation are powerful tools for interrogating coronary, myocardial and microvascular physiology. Wave speed is integral to these calculations and is usually estimated by the single-point technique (SPc), a feasible but as yet unvalidated approach in coronary vessels. We aimed to directly measure wave speed in human(More)