We use small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) as a tool to study the binding of proteins to spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB) in situ. The SPB consists of a solid core of approximately 100 nm diam onto which long polyelectrolyte chains [poly(styrene sulfonic acid, PSS) and poly(acrylic acid, PAA)] have been densely grafted. The proteins used in this… (More)
We present the first time-resolved investigation of motions of proteins in densely grafted layers of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes. Using small-angle x-ray scattering combined with rapid stopped-flow mixing, we followed the uptake of bovine serum albumin by poly(acrylic acid) layer with high spatial and temporal resolution. We find that the total amount… (More)
We present a complete analysis of the structure of polyethylene (PE) nanoparticles synthesized and stabilized in water under very mild conditions (15 degrees C, 40 atm) by a nickel-catalyzed polymerization in aqueous solution. Combining cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) with X-ray scattering, we demonstrate that this new synthetic route… (More)
A template synthesis allows the preparation of monodisperse nanoparticles with high reproducibility and independent from self-assembly requirements. Tailor-made polymer cages were used for the preparation of nanoparticles, which were made of cross-linked macromolecules with pendant thiol groups. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were prepared in the polymer cages… (More)
was a special pleasure for me working in this group. I would like to give my special thanks to him for his insightful view on the subject, many enthusiastic and instructive discussions and his motivation throughout this work. Special thanks are also for his constructive comments and corrections during writing this thesis.
We present a systematic study of flexible cylindrical brush-shaped macromolecules in a good solvent by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), static light scattering (SLS), and by dynamic light scattering (DLS) in dilute and semi-dilute solution. The SLS and SANS data extrapolated to infinite dilution lead to the shape of the polymer that can be modeled in… (More)
INTRODUCTION Since many decades, polyethylene (PE) is one of the commodity polymers which has become ubiquitous because of its low price and good mechanical properties. 1 Hence, the number of applications of the material is huge and many millions of tons are produced worldwide annually. However, PE has hardly played any role in the emerging field of… (More)