Víctor H. Pérez-Luna

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Controlling bacterial biofouling is desirable for almost every human enterprise in which solid surfaces are introduced into nonsterile aqueous environments. One approach that is used to decrease contamination of manufactured devices by microorganisms is using materials that easily slough off accumulated material (i.e., fouling release surfaces). The(More)
We describe a new method that allows photopolymerization of hydrogels to occur on surfaces functionalized with eosin. In this work, glass and silicon surfaces were derivatized with eosin and photopolymerization was carried out using visible light (514 nm). This mild condition may have advantages over methods that use ultraviolet (UV) light (e.g., for(More)
Living systems exhibit form and function on multiple length scales and at multiple locations. In order to mimic such natural structures, it is necessary to develop ef®cient strategies for assembling hierarchical materials. Conventional photolithography, although ubiquitous in the fabrication of microelectronics and microelectromechanical systems, is(More)
Thermo-responsive hydrogels have shown promise as injectable materials for local drug delivery. However, the phase-induced changes in polymer properties of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) can pose additional challenges for achieving controlled protein release. In this work, thermo-responsive hydrogels derived from NIPAAm and cross-linked with poly(ethylene(More)
We describe a new approach for the analysis of biomolecular recognition in microfluidic channels. The method involves real-time detection of soluble molecules binding to receptor-bearing microspheres, sequestered in affinity column format inside a microfluidic channel. Identification and quantitation of analytes occurs via direct fluorescence measurements(More)
The relationship between endothelial cell growth and surface properties of plasma-deposited films (PDFs) was investigated using partial least-squares regression (PLS). PDFs of oxygen-containing precursors were prepared under various conditions, and bovine arterial endothelial cells (BAECs) were grown on these substrates. Secondary ion mass spectrometry(More)
A new fluorescence-based biosensor is presented. The biosensing scheme is based on the fact that a fluorophore in close proximity to a metal film (<100 A) experiences strong quenching of fluorescence and a dramatic reduction in the lifetime of the excited state. By immobilizing the analyte of interest (or a structural analog of the analyte) to a metal(More)
We have developed a multi-element transduction system which combines conventional SPR spectroscopy with one-dimensional SPR microscopy to create an effective platform for monitoring binding events on macro- or micro-patterned receptor arrays created on disposable sensor chips. This creates an effective platform for monitoring simultaneous binding events on(More)
A novel method for the sequential formation of hydrogel multilayers is described. Formation of the first layer is based on surface initiated photopolymerization of hydrogel precursors on eosin derivatized surfaces. In order to attach subsequent layers it is necessary to be able to functionalize intermediate hydrogel layers with eosin. In the present work,(More)
The formation of a hybrid metal-biopolymer material is described. The synthesis of this material consists of functionalizing the surface of gold nanoparticles through a series of steps that lead to epoxy-functionalized nanoparticles. These are subsequently reacted with hydroxyl moieties of the alpha-D-glucopyranosyl groups of dextran. Subsequently, the(More)