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Nanoscale objects are typically internalized by cells into membrane-bounded endosomes and fail to access the cytosolic cell machinery. Whereas some biomacromolecules may penetrate or fuse with cell membranes without overt membrane disruption, no synthetic material of comparable size has shown this property yet. Cationic nano-objects pass through cell… (More)
Nanoparticles can be used as the building blocks for materials such as supracrystals or ionic liquids. However, they lack the ability to bond along specific directions as atoms and molecules do. We report a simple method to place target molecules specifically at two diametrically opposed positions in the molecular coating of metal nanoparticles. The… (More)
Highly water-soluble mixed monolayer protected "rippled" gold nanoparticles were synthesized through a one step reaction with sodium 11-mercaptoundecanesulfonate and octanethiol ligands at various ratios.
Polymer particles with micro- and nanoscale anisotropy have received increasing interest for their ability to simultaneously present different physical- and chemical properties. In this communication, we demonstrate that gold nanocrystals (NCs) can be selectively incorporated into one compartment of anisotropic polymer particles. Stable bicompartmental… (More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The goal of this study is to combine temporary endovascular bypass (TEB) with a novel shear-activated nanotherapeutic (SA-NT) that releases recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (r-tPA) when exposed to high levels of hemodynamic stress and to determine if this approach can be used to concentrate r-tPA at occlusion sites based… (More)
Existing techniques to encapsulate cells into microscale hydrogels generally yield high polymer-to-cell ratios and lack control over the hydrogel's mechanical properties. Here, we report a microfluidic-based method for encapsulating single cells in an approximately six-micrometre layer of alginate that increases the proportion of cell-containing microgels… (More)
The stability and longevity of surface-stabilized lubricant layers is a critical question in their application as low-and nonfouling slippery surface treatments in both industry and medicine. Here, we investigate lubricant loss from surfaces under flow in water using both quantitative analysis and visualization, testing the effects of underlying surface… (More)
Polystyrene-based diblock copolymers, featuring diaminotriazine functionality on one of the blocks were used to assemble complementary uracil-functionalized nanoparticles into micellar aggregates. The size of these self-assembled aggregates was controlled by block length, as determined in solution (using dynamic light scattering), and in thin films (using… (More)
The regular arrangement of complementary diaminopyridine-thymine (DAP-THY) on alternating copolymers permits cooperative binding events and the effective formation of well-controlled micrometre-scale aggregates.
Diblock copolymers containing recognition units designed to participate in specific three-point hydrogen bonding were adsorbed onto modified gold surfaces. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) containing complementary recognition units were used to direct the adsorption process. The polymer-modified surfaces obtained were characterized using X-ray photoelectron… (More)