Mathias Brust

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Understanding and controlling the interactions between nanoscale objects and living cells is of great importance for arising diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nanoparticles and for nanotoxicology studies. Here we report a detailed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the uptake of ca. 16 nm surface-modified gold nanoparticles by human(More)
Based on protein folding considerations, a pentapeptide ligand, CALNN, which converts citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles into extremely stable, water-soluble gold nanoparticles with some chemical properties analogous to those of proteins, has been designed. These peptide-capped gold nanoparticles can be freeze-dried and stored as powders that can be(More)
The preparation of materials with aligned porosity in the micrometre range is of technological importance for a wide range of applications in organic electronics, microfluidics, molecular filtration and biomaterials. Here, we demonstrate a generic method for the preparation of aligned materials using polymers, nanoparticles or mixtures of these components(More)
Ligand-stabilised, water-soluble gold nanoparticles of two different size ranges (2-4 and 5-8 nm) are readily prepared using monohydroxy (1-mercaptoundec-11-yl) tetraethylene glycol as a novel capping agent. These nanoparticles are as stable as alkylthiol-capped monolayer protected clusters (MPCs) and do not aggregate from aqueous solution under a wide(More)
Peptide-stabilized gold nanoparticles have been enzymatically biotinylated by a kinase-catalyzed reaction using biotin-ATP as a cosubstrate. Upon mixing with avidin-modified particles, solutions of biotinylated particles change color from red to blue, indicating aggregation of particles. On the basis of this reaction, we have developed a simple colorimetric(More)
We report here a simple one-step protocol for the preparation of near-monodisperse gold hydrosols in the small size regime (<5 nm). The particle size can be controlled by varying the concentration of the stabilizing polymer, which can be readily displaced by thiol ligands to yield monolayer protected clusters of the usual type.
Extremely stable, peptide-capped gold nanoparticles with two different biomolecular recognition motifs expressed on their surface have been prepared, and their specific and selective binding to artificial, DNA-modified target particles and to DNA and protein microarrays has been demonstrated. Stabilization and biofunctionalization has been achieved in a(More)
Differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS) has been applied to accurately size ligand-protected gold hydrosols in the 10 to 50 nm range. A simple protocol is presented to correct for particle density variations due to the presence of the ligand shell, which is formed here by either polyethylene glycol-substituted alkane thiols (PEG-alkane thiols) of(More)
A new methodology is described for the one-step aqueous preparation of highly monodisperse gold nanoparticles with diameters below 5 nm using thioether- and thiol-functionalized polymer ligands. The particle size and size distribution was controlled by subtle variation of the polymer structure. It was shown that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(methacrylic(More)