Quirina Ferreira

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BACKGROUND The use of conjugated polymers allows versatile interactions between cells and flexible processable materials, while providing a platform for electrical stimulation, which is particularly relevant when targeting differentiation of neural stem cells and further application for therapy or drug screening. METHODS Materials were tested for(More)
Electrostatic interactions govern most properties of polyelectrolyte films, as in the photoinduced birefringence of azo-containing polymers. In this paper we report a systematic investigation of optical storage characteristics of cast and layer-by-layer (LbL) films of poly[1 -[4-(3-carboxy-4 hydroxyphenylazo) benzene sulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium(More)
Electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions govern most of the properties of supramolecular systems, which is the reason determining the degree of ionization of macromolecules has become crucial for many applications. In this paper, we show that high-resolution ultraviolet spectroscopy (VUV) can be used to determine the degree of ionization and its effect on(More)
In this article, we present a denoising algorithm to improve the interpretation and quality of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images. Given the high level of self-similarity of STM images, we propose a denoising algorithm by reformulating the true estimation problem as a sparse regression, often termed sparse coding. We introduce modifications to the(More)
Biocellulose and biocellulose composites are being investigated as substrates and as gate dielectrics for organic field effect transistors. Spin coated films of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (RR-P3HT) and thermally evaporated pentacene were used as semiconducting materials. Preliminary results on device characteristics are reported.
We report on the efficiency improvement of organic solar cells (OPVs) based on the low energy gap polyfluorene derivative, APFO-3, and the soluble C60 fullerene PCBM, upon addition of a residual amount of poly (4-vinylpyridine) (PVP). We find that the addition of 1% by weight of PVP with respect to the APFO-3 content leads to an increase of efficiency from(More)
Phase separation and interactions in mixed monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) with the rhodamine B end-labeled double-hydrophilic block copolymer (DHBC), poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)-block-poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (RhB-PDMA(207)-b-PDEA(177)), was studied at the air-water interface. Surface pressure versus area isotherms indicate that(More)
We report on organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) with columnar-grain active layers consisting in cross-linked semiconducting (conjugated) polymers as electron-donors and PCBM as the electron-acceptor and compare with OPVs based either on blends or on planar bilayers made with the same components. Although the columnar-grain layers have morphologic(More)
The microphase-separation of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of a rhodamine B (RhB) end-labeled double hydrophilic block copolymer (DHBC), RhB-Poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)-b-poly(N,N-diethylacryl-amide) (RhB-PDMA(207)b-PDEA177) and the 1:1 segmental mixture of PDEA and RhB-PDMA homopolymers was followed by AFM. The DHBC LB films revealed a loose(More)