Mario Blanco

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This study focuses on the mechanisms responsible for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) from fractured carbonate reservoirs by surfactant solutions, and methods to screen for effective chemical formulations quickly. One key to this EOR process is the surfactant solution reversing the wettability of the carbonate surfaces from less water-wet to more water-wet(More)
Recent in vitro studies suggest that muscarinic receptors are important indicators of prostatic epithelial differentiation. Using choline in the mapping of prostatic lesions, radiographic studies have been interpreted as showing malignant transformation when high levels of receptors are found, but to our knowledge no correlation with the grade of prostatic(More)
Little data exist on the structure and function of compressible elastomeric proteins such as abductin. An understanding of the underlying structural features of these proteins may lead to the development of a new class of highly tailored "compressible" hydrogels. To that effect, in this work, the structure of abductin was investigated by means of studies on(More)
The development of a miniaturized sensing platform for the selective detection of chemical odorants could stimulate exciting scientific and technological opportunities. Oligopeptides are robust substrates for the selective recognition of a variety of chemical and biological species. Likewise, semiconducting nanowires are extremely sensitive gas sensors.(More)
Experimental studies have provided convincing evidence that aerosol-phase heterogeneous chemical reactions (possibly acid-catalyzed) are involved to some extent in the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). We present a stepwise procedure to determine physical properties such as heats of formation, standard entropies, Gibbs free energies of(More)
AIMS With an estimated 12 million consumers in Europe, cocaine (COC) is the illicit drug leading to the most emergency department visits. The aim of this study was to examine a consecutive series of sudden deaths (SDs) to focus on the prevalence, the toxicological characteristics, and the causes of death in COC-related fatalities. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
A promising cancer therapy involves the use of the macrocyclic polyaminoacetate DOTA (1,4,7,10tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid) attached to a tumor-targeting antibody complexed with the â emitter 90Y3+. However, incorporation of the 90Y into the DOTA conjugate is too slow. To identify the origins of this problem, we used ab initio quantum(More)
In 1896 Kuttner reported four cases which he described as induration of the submandibular gland. Histologically, they showed chronic inflammation and fibrosis. Sporadic cases of this entity that have come to be known as Kuttner's tumor or chronic sclerosing sialadenitis of the submandibular gland and have been reported throughout the 20th century. This(More)
The effect of molecular architecture of a surfactant, particularly the attachment position of benzene sulfonate on the hexadecane backbone, at the decane-water interface was investigated using atomistic MD simulations. We consider a series of surfactant isomers in the family of alkyl benzene sulfonates, denoted by m-C16, indicating a benzene sulfonate group(More)