Peter Kofinas

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High area nickel and cobalt surfaces were assembled using modified Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) templates. Rod-shaped TMV templates (300 x 18 nm) engineered to encode unique cysteine residues were self-assembled onto gold patterned surfaces in a vertically oriented fashion, producing a >10-fold increase in surface area. Electroless deposition of ionic metals(More)
Non-covalent molecular imprinting of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAA HCl) with glucose phosphate mono-sodium salt produced molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) hydrogels capable of quantitative, isomerically specific binding of glucose. By ionic association of a template molecule, glucose phosphate mono-sodium salt, to the polymer prior to covalent(More)
Low loss core-shell iron-silica nanocomposites with improved magneto-dielectric properties at radio frequencies (1 MHz-1 GHz) were successfully fabricated. A new simple method was developed to synthesize metallic iron (Fe) nanoparticles with uniform size distribution in an aqueous environment at room temperature. Citric acid and oleic acid served as(More)
This paper examines the interaction between a block copolymer and a virus. A poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) block copolymer was loaded with nickel, and cast from a selective solvent mixture to form a cylindrical microstructure (PS/P4VP-Ni). The nickel ions were confined within the P4VP block of the copolymer. The binding of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and(More)
Polymers have attracted much attention as potential gene delivery vectors due to their chemical and structural versatility. However, several challenges associated with polymeric carriers, including low transfection efficiencies, insufficient cargo release, and high cytotoxicity levels have prevented clinical implementation. Strong electrostatic interactions(More)
A poly(allylamine hydrochloride) carcinoembryonic antigen-imprinted hydrogel was synthesized using a water-soluble crosslinker, ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether, to investigate its viability for protein recognition. The imprinting factor of the imprinted hydrogel toward carcinoembryonic antigen was found to be approximately 5, while the imprinting factor of(More)
The use of one-dimensional photonic crystals fabricated from a self-assembled lamellar block copolymer as a sensitive and selective fructose sensor is investigated. The polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) films are functionalized with 2-(bromomethyl)phenylboronic acid. The boronic acid moiety confined within the lamellar morphology can(More)
1Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA 2 Institute for Bioscience and Biotechology Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA 3Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA 4Department of Plant Science and Landscape(More)
The body is unable to control massive blood loss without treatment. Available hemostatic agents are often expensive, ineffective or raise safety concerns. Synthetic hydrogel particles are an inexpensive and promising alternative. In this study we synthesized and characterized N-(3-aminopropyl)methacrylamide (APM) hydrogel particles and investigated their(More)
Molecular imprinting is a technique that creates synthetic materials containing highly specific receptor sites that have an affinity for a target molecule. When large particles such as viruses are imprinted, special consideration must be taken to ensure the formation of complementary cavities. Factors that influence imprint formation, include uniformity of(More)