Valentina Michailidou

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We investigate the Brownian motion of hard-sphere colloids near a solid wall by Evanescent Wave Dynamic Light Scattering (EWDLS). We carried out measurements for various volume fractions of sterically stabilized poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles over a range of scattering wave vectors, q. While in the dilute regime, the near wall short-time(More)
Emulsion polymerization of 2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DEA) in the presence of a bifunctional cross-linker at pH 8-9 afforded novel pH-responsive microgels of 250-700 nm diameter. Both batch and semicontinuous syntheses were explored using thermal and redox initiators. Various strategies were evaluated for achieving colloidal stability, including(More)
Surface class-II antigen expression fires-up the antigen presentation process and development of immune response. The absence of surface HLA-DR is used in various systems to avoid immune recognition. Most leukemic cells use such mechanism to escape immune surveillance. Here, K562 and HL-60 leukemic cells were examined as to intracellular HLA-DR, -DM and -DO(More)
In an effort to control particle diffusion near surfaces, we have studied the dynamics of colloidal hard spheres and soft compliant star copolymers on surfaces coated with polymer brushes using evanescent wave dynamic light scattering. The same experiments provide information on the brush structure and confined particle motion. The penetration into dense(More)
The diffusion of dilute colloids in contact with swollen polymer brushes has been studied by evanescent wave dynamic light scattering. Two polystyrene nanogels with 16 nm and 42 nm radius were put into contact with three polystyrene brushes with varying grafting densities. Partial penetration of the nanogels within the brushes was revealed by the evanescent(More)
Evanescent wave dynamic light scattering and Stokesian dynamics simulations were employed to study the dynamics of hard-sphere colloidal particles near a hard wall in concentrated suspensions. The evanescent wave averaged short-time diffusion coefficients were determined from experimental correlation functions over a range of scattering wave vectors and(More)
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