Watson Loh

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The local delivery of nitric oxide (nitrogen monoxide, NO) by thermal or photochemical means to target cells or organs has a great potential in several biomedical applications, especially if the NO donors are incorporated into non-toxic viscous matrices. In this work, we have shown that the NO donors S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) and(More)
Recent papers have brought evidence against the hypothesis that the fucosyl branching of primary wall xyloglucans (Xg) are responsible for their higher capacity of binding to cellulose. Reinforcement of this questioning has been obtained in this work where we show that the binding capacity was improved when the molecular weight (MW) of the Xg polymers is(More)
Recent studies have pointed out the importance of polyelectrolyte assembly in the elaboration of innovative nanomaterials. Beyond their structures, many important questions on the thermodynamics of association remain unanswered. Here, we investigate the complexation between poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and poly(sodium acrylate) (PANa)(More)
Oxidized alginate (ADA) and oxidized alginate blended with chitosan (ADA-Chit) were prepared in the presence of borax and CaCl 2, and their interactions with an antifolate drug, pyrimethamine (PYR), have been investigated. Tablets with a mean diameter of 1.2 +/- 0.06 cm were produced and drug interactions were performed in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) using(More)
The nature of the interactions between 1,3-dialkylimidazolium cations and noncoordinating anions such as tetrafluoroborate, hexafluorophosphate, and tetraphenylborate has been studied in the solid state by X-ray diffraction analysis and in solution by (1)H NMR spectroscopy, conductivity, and microcalorimetry. In the solid state, these compounds show an(More)
The interaction between the nonionic surfactant C12EO6 and the poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer EO20PO68EO20 (P123) has been investigated by means of isothermal titration and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) as well as static and dynamic light scattering (SLS and DLS). P123 self-assembles in water(More)
The complex formation between the basic protein lysozyme and anionic polyelectrolytes: poly acrylic acid and poly vinyl sulfonic acid was studied by turbidimetric and isothermal calorimetric titrations. The thermodynamic stability of the protein in the presence of these polymers was also studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The lysozyme-polymer(More)
Janus gold nanoparticles are of high interest because they allow directed self-assembly and display plasmonic properties. We succeeded in coating gold nanoparticles with two different polymers that form a Janus shell. The spontaneous segregation of two immiscible polymers at the surface of the nanoparticles was verified by NOESY NMR and most importantly by(More)
The micellization of a homologous series of zwitterionic surfactants, a group of sulfobetaines, was studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) in the temperature range from 15 to 65 °C. The increase in both temperature and the alkyl chain length leads to more negative values of ΔGmic(0) , favoring the micellization. The entropic term (ΔSmic(0)) is(More)
This review summarizes recent progress in our understanding of aquoeus "complex salts" of ionic surfactants with polymeric counterions. Complex salts are simplified versions of the much-studied mixtures of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes and surfactants, and are also good model systems to study the fundamentals of polyion-mediated forces in colloidal(More)