Matthew N O'Brien

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Retinoic acid receptor (RAR) signaling is required for morphogenesis of the ventral optic cup and closure of the choroid fissure, but the mechanisms by which this pathway regulates ventral eye development remain controversial and poorly understood. Although previous studies have implicated neural crest-derived periocular mesenchyme (POM) as the critical(More)
Before autonomous robotics can be used for dangerous or critical missions, performance guarantees should be made available. This paper overviews a software system for the verification of behavior-based controllers in context of chosen hardware and environmental models. Robotic controllers are automatically translated to a process algebra. The system(More)
Whether two species will co-crystallize depends on the chemical, physical and structural complementarity of the interacting components. Here, by using DNA as a surface ligand, we selectively co-crystallize mixtures of two different anisotropic nanoparticles and systematically investigate the effects of nanoparticle size and shape complementarity on the(More)
Control over nanoparticle shape and size is commonly achieved via a seed-mediated approach, where nanoparticle precursors, or seeds, are hypothesized to act as templates for the heterogeneous nucleation of anisotropic products. Despite the wide variety of shapes that have been produced via this approach, high yield and uniformity have been more difficult to(More)
A second-generation laboratory-scale, modular liquid-liquid separation device based on computer-controlled high-pressure pumps and a high-resolution digital camera has been invented. The diazotization of amino acids to produce valuable chiral hydroxyacids is demonstrated in flow for the first time. The use of a triple-separator system in conjuction with the(More)
A prototype continuous-flow liquid-liquid extraction system is reported. By harnessing several open-source software libraries, a computer control script was written using the Python programming language. Using a 'computer-vision' approach, this allowed the computer to monitor the interface level between the organic and aqueous phases using a simple webcam(More)