Michael R Rasch

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Ligand-stabilized copper selenide (Cu(2-x)Se) nanocrystals, approximately 16 nm in diameter, were synthesized by a colloidal hot injection method and coated with amphiphilic polymer. The nanocrystals readily disperse in water and exhibit strong near-infrared (NIR) optical absorption with a high molar extinction coefficient of 7.7 × 10(7) cm(-1) M(-1) at 980(More)
Gold (Au) nanoshells were grown on silica nanoparticles with differing average diameters, ranging from 30 to 120 nm. Au nanoshells were also formed on silica spheres encapsulating 5 nm diameter magnetic iron oxide nanocrystals. The optical absorbance spectra of these Au nanoshells are reported. The plasmon resonance wavelengths of the smaller diameter(More)
Hybrids of hydrophobic sub-2-nm-diameter dodecanethiol-coated Au nanoparticles and phosphatidylcholine (PC) lipid vesicles made by extrusion were examined by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryoTEM). The nanoparticles loaded the vesicles as a dense monolayer in the hydrophobic core of the lipid bilayer, without disrupting their structure.(More)
Zinc sulfide-coated copper indium sulfur selenide (CuInSexS2-x/ZnS core/shell) nanocrystals were synthesized with size-tunable red to near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence with high quantum yield (40%) in water. These nanocrystals were tested as an imaging agent to track a microparticle-based oral vaccine administered to mice. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)(More)
The lands surrounding the North Atlantic Region (the SCANNET Region) cover a wide range of climate regimes, physical environments and availability of natural resources. Except in the extreme North, they have supported human populations and various cultures since at least the end of the last ice age. However, the region is also important at a wider(More)
Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data reveal that superlattices of organic ligand-stabilized gold (Au) nanocrystals can undergo a series of ordered structure transitions at elevated temperature. An example is presented of a body-centered cubic superlattice that evolves into a hexagonal close-packed structure, followed by the formation of binary simple(More)
A method to produce biocompatible polymer-coated silicon nanocrystals for medical imaging is shown. Silica-embedded Si nanocrystals are formed by HSQ thermolysis. The nanocrystals are then liberated from the oxide and terminated with Si-H bonds by HF etching, followed by alkyl monolayer passivation by thermal hydrosilylation. The Si nanocrystals have an(More)
H-terminated Si nanocrystals undergo room temperature hydrosilylation with bifunctional alkenes with distal polar moieties-ethyl ester, methyl ester, or carboxylic acids-without the aid of light or added catalyst. The passivated Si nanocrystals exhibit bright photoluminescence (PL) and disperse in polar solvents, including water. We propose a reaction(More)
Germanium (Ge) nanowires were produced in solution by supercritical fluid-liquid-solid (SFLS) growth and then functionalized with carboxylic acid groups by in situ thermal thiolation with mercaptoundecanoic acid. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was grafted to the carboxylic acid-terminated Ge nanowires using carbodiimide coupling chemistry. The nanowires were(More)
Vesicles of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) formed by extrusion (liposomes) with hydrophobic alkanethiol-capped Au nanocrystals were studied. Dodecanethiol-capped 1.8-nm-diameter Au nanocrystals accumulate in the lipid bilayer, but only when dried lipid-nanocrystal films were annealed with chloroform prior to hydration. Without chloroform annealing, the(More)