Nicole Cathcart

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We have examined the projection from the lateral superior olive (LSO) to the inferior colliculus (IC) in the ferret, with particular interest in the laterality of the projection and in the effects of unilateral cochlear removal in infancy. Large or small deposits of the retrograde tracer wheat germ agglutinin-horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) were made in(More)
A novel approach of cyclic reduction in oxidative conditions has been developed to prepare a single dominant species of chiral thiol-stabilized silver nanoclusters (AgNCs). Such AgNCs, which are stable in solution for up to a few days, have been obtained for the first time. The generality of the established procedure is proven by using several enantiomeric(More)
Ultrathin gold nanoframes (up to 1.6 nm) were prepared via templating upon well-defined faceted silver morphologies. Starting with silver decahedra, small quantities of gold (1-10 mol% relative to the amount of silver) were selectively deposited on the nanoparticle edges under optimized reducing conditions. Silver dissolution in hydrogen peroxide yielded(More)
We studied effects of halides on morphology of planar twinned silver nanoparticles and demonstrated application of these effects to precisely tune silver surface plasmon resonance maxima in a broad vis-NIR range using a reliable two-stage modification protocol.
Silver nanoprisms of a predominantly hexagonal shape have been prepared using a ligand combination of a strongly binding thiol, captopril, and charge-stabilizing citrate together with hydrogen peroxide as an oxidative etching agent and a strong base that triggered nanoprism formation. The role of the reagents and their interplay in the nanoprism synthesis(More)
We describe the synthetic preparation of well-defined symmetric multifaceted prismatic silver nanoparticles with chemically controlled faceting advantageous for strong and tunable surface-enhanced Raman scattering, SERS. These silver nanoparticles, that have been termed nanoflowers, AgNFls for their characteristic morphologies, have been prepared by a(More)
A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed(More)
A size- and shape-selective synthesis of pentagonally twinned silver icosahedral nanoparticles (AgIhNPs), one of the five platonic solid morphologies, has been developed by integrating three key factors: nuclei templating by copper, photochemical development using violet LED light and chemical oxidative etching. The presence of copper is essential for(More)
We present a new technique for the study of model membranes on the length-scale of a single nano-sized liposome. Silver decahedral nanoparticles have been encapsulated by a model unilamellar lipid bilayer creating nano-sized lipid vesicles. The metal core has two roles (i) increasing the polarizability of vesicles, enabling a single vesicle to be isolated(More)
In this work, we use silver decahedral nanoparticle (AgDeNP) seeds to synthesize pentagonal silver stars (AgStDeNPs) and study the sensing properties of these nanoparticles. The regrowth process of AgStDeNPs is kinetically-controlled, so the purity of the seed NPs is critical to avoid secondary deposition in the highly non-equilibrium reduction. To control(More)