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)
Molecular imprinted Polymers (MIP) targeted for Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) have been synthesized. Batch equilibrium studies using imprinted and non-imprinted polymer hydrogels in TMV and TNV solutions were conducted to determine virus-binding capacities. TMV-imprinted hydrogels showed increased binding to TMV (8.8 mg TMV/gpolymer) compared to non-imprinted(More)
Non-covalent molecular imprinting of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAA.HCl) with D-glucose 6-phosphate monobarium salt (GPS-Ba) produced molecularly imprinted polymer hydrogels (MIP) having an affinity to glucose over fructose. The hydrogels were formed by ionic association of the template molecule, GPS-Ba, to the polymer, prior to covalent crosslinking(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)
Methods that will remove conventional nutrient pollutants such as reactive phosphorus, even at extremely low concentrations, from wastewater effluents are a major need in the aquaculture industry. In this study, novel phosphate binding crosslinked poly(allylamine), PAA · HCl, polymeric hydrogel materials were developed, which efficiently bind phosphate(More)
Molecular imprinting has received significant attention in recent years, as it provides a viable method for creating synthetic receptors capable of selectively recognizing specific target molecules. Despite significant growth within the field, the majority of template molecules studied thus far have been characterized by their low molecular weight and(More)
The development of self-assembled magnetic CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles within polymer matrices at room temperature is reported. Diblock copolymers consisting of poly ͑norbornene͒ and poly ͑norbornene-dicarboxcylic acid͒ ͑NOR/NORCOOH͒ were synthesized. The self-assembly of the mixed metal oxide within the NORCOOH block was achieved at room temperature by(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)
Exploiting the microphase separation of block copolymers is a facile method of synthesizing nanometer-sized structures. The interactions of recombinant proteins with block copolymer surfaces displaying nanoscale order could be used to investigate intercellular signaling and for creating arrays of nanoreactors for lab-on-a-chip applications. A block(More)
Polyelectrolyte hydrogels formed by xanthan gum and chitosan can be used for encapsulation and controlled release of food ingredients, cells, enzymes, and therapeutic agents. In this study, xanthan–chitosan microcapsules were formed by complex coacervation. The effects of initial polymer concentration and chitosan solution pH on the crosslinking density of(More)