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  1. Encapsulation of gold nanoparticles into self-assembling protein nanoparticles

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    Yang Yongkun; Burkhard Peter

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Gold nanoparticles are useful tools for biological applications due to their attractive physical and chemical properties. Their applications can be further expanded when they are functionalized with biological molecules. The biological molecules not only provide the interfaces for interactions between nanoparticles and biological environment, but also contribute their biological functions to the nanoparticles. Therefore, we used self-assembling protein nanoparticles (SAPNs...

  2. Triggered self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Ye, L.; Pearson, T.; Cordeau, Y.; Mefford, O. T.; Crawford, T. M.

    2016-03-01

    Colloidal magnetic nanoparticles are candidates for application in biology, medicine and nanomanufac-turing. Understanding how these particles interact collectively in fluids, especially how they assemble and aggregate under external magnetic fields, is critical for high quality, safe, and reliable deployment of these particles. Here, by applying magnetic forces that vary strongly over the same length scale as the colloidal stabilizing force and then varying this colloidal repulsion, we can trigger self-assembly of these nanoparticles into parallel line patterns on the surface of a disk drive medium. Localized within nanometers of the medium surface, this effect is strongly dependent on the ionic properties of the colloidal fluid but at a level too small to cause bulk colloidal aggregation. We use real-time optical diffraction to monitor the dynamics of self-assembly, detecting local colloidal changes with greatly enhanced sensitivity compared with conventional light scattering. Simulations predict the triggering but not the dynamics, especially at short measurement times. Beyond using spatially-varying magnetic forces to balance interactions and drive assembly in magnetic nanoparticles, future measurements leveraging the sensitivity of this approach could identify novel colloidal effects that impact real-world applications of these nanoparticles.

  3. Self-assembled levan nanoparticles for targeted breast cancer imaging.

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    Kim, Sun-Jung; Bae, Pan Kee; Chung, Bong Hyun

    2015-01-01

    We report on the targeted imaging of breast cancer using self-assembled levan nanoparticles. Indocyanine green (ICG) was encapsulated in levan nanoparticles via self-assembly. Levan-ICG nanoparticles were found to be successfully accumulated in breast cancer via specific interaction between fructose moieties in levan and overexpressed glucose transporter 5 in breast cancer cells. PMID:25383444

  4. RT Self-assembly of Silica Nanoparticles on Optical Fibres

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    Canning, John; Lindoy, Lachlan; Huyang, George;

    2013-01-01

    The room temperature deposition of self-assembling silica nanoparticles onto D-shaped optical fibres x201c;D-fibrex201d;), drawn from milled preforms fabricated by modified chemical vapor deposition, is studied and preliminary results reported here.......The room temperature deposition of self-assembling silica nanoparticles onto D-shaped optical fibres x201c;D-fibrex201d;), drawn from milled preforms fabricated by modified chemical vapor deposition, is studied and preliminary results reported here....

  5. Patterning self-assembled FePt nanoparticles

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    Chen Min E-mail: mchen30@us.ibm.com; Nikles, D.E.; Yin Huaqin; Wang Shoutao; Harrell, J.W.; Majetich, S.A

    2003-10-01

    We describe a potential way to extend the ordered domain of self-assembled FePt nanoparticles. The FePt particles, with an average diameter of 3 nm, were prepared by simultaneous thermal decomposition of Fe(CO){sub 5} and chemical reduction of Pt(acac){sub 2} and then were dispersed in a mixture of hexane and octane. When self-assembling on a plain silicon wafer, FePt nanoparticles formed ordered hexagonal arrays in a range of tens to a few hundred nanometers. A silicon wafer with patterned holes of a photoresist film, made using UV-lithographing technique, was used as a template to direct the stacking direction of the FePt nanoparticles. The FePt dispersion was dropped on the patterned holes of the photoresist film. After being heat-treated at 100 deg. C for 30 min under vacuum condition, the photoresist was stripped out by dipping the sample in acetone. The patterned disks, with an average diameter of 2.0 {mu}m and a height of 250 nm, of self-assembled FePt nanoparticles were examined using SEM and Auger mapping. Their magnetic properties were measured using AGM. The Auger electrons of neither Fe LMM nor Pt MNN could be detected from the sample, which indicated the adsorption of oleic acid and oleylamine on the surface of FePt nanoparticles. The coercivity of patterned FePt significantly increased with the annealing temperature above 600 deg. C.

  6. Triggered self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Ye, L; Pearson, T.; Cordeau, Y.; Mefford, O. T.; Crawford, T. M.

    2016-01-01

    Colloidal magnetic nanoparticles are candidates for application in biology, medicine and nanomanufac-turing. Understanding how these particles interact collectively in fluids, especially how they assemble and aggregate under external magnetic fields, is critical for high quality, safe, and reliable deployment of these particles. Here, by applying magnetic forces that vary strongly over the same length scale as the colloidal stabilizing force and then varying this colloidal repulsion, we can t...

  7. Nanoparticle flow, ordering and self-assembly.

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    Schunk, Peter Randall; Brown, William Michael; Plimpton, Steven James; Lechman, Jeremy B.; Grest, Gary Stephen; Petersen, Matthew K.; in' t Veld, Pieter J. (Polymer Research BSF SE, 67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany)

    2008-10-01

    Nanoparticles are now more than ever being used to tailor materials function and performance in differentiating technologies because of their profound effect on thermo-physical, mechanical and optical properties. The most feasible way to disperse particles in a bulk material or control their packing at a substrate is through fluidization in a carrier, followed by solidification through solvent evaporation/drying/curing/sintering. Unfortunately processing particles as concentrated, fluidized suspensions into useful products remains an art largely because the effect of particle shape and volume fraction on fluidic properties and suspension stability remains unexplored in a regime where particle-particle interaction mechanics is prevalent. To achieve a stronger scientific understanding of the factors that control nanoparticle dispersion and rheology we have developed a multiscale modeling approach to bridge scales between atomistic and molecular-level forces active in dense nanoparticle suspensions. At the largest length scale, two 'coarse-grained' numerical techniques have been developed and implemented to provide for high-fidelity numerical simulations of the rheological response and dispersion characteristics typical in a processing flow. The first is a coupled Navier-Stokes/discrete element method in which the background solvent is treated by finite element methods. The second is a particle based method known as stochastic rotational dynamics. These two methods provide a new capability representing a 'bridge' between the molecular scale and the engineering scale, allowing the study of fluid-nanoparticle systems over a wide range of length and timescales as well as particle concentrations. To validate these new methodologies, multi-million atoms simulations explicitly including the solvent have been carried out. These simulations have been vital in establishing the necessary 'subgrid' models for accurate prediction at a larger scale

  8. Hydrophobic Interactions Modulate Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles

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    Sánchez-Iglesias, Ana; Grzelczak, Marek; Altantzis, Thomas; Goris, Bart; Pérez-Juste, Jorge; Bals, Sara; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Donaldson, Stephen H.; Chmelka, Bradley F.; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: Hydrophobic interactions constitute one of the most important types of nonspecific interactions in biological systems, which emerge when water molecules rearrange as two hydrophobic species come close to each other. The prediction of hydrophobic interactions at the level of nanoparticles (Brownian objects) remains challenging because of uncontrolled diffusive motion of the particles. We describe here a general methodology for solvent-induced, reversible self-assembly of gold nanopar...

  9. Modeling the self-assembly of nanoparticle and nanorod superlattices

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    Titov, Alexey; Kral, Petr

    2008-03-01

    Coloidal semiconductor PbSe/CdSE nanoparticles (NP) of the sizes of 3-10 nm can self-assemble in fcc, hcp and single-hexagonal (sh) superlattices [1]. We model the Coulombic, van der Waals and steric interactions between these NPs to understand the exact conditions under which they can self-assemble in these lattice structures. Our simulations show that non-local dipoles of the NPs and their screening by the conducting substrate are both crucial for the sh lattice formation. We model analogously the self-assembly of semiconducting CdSe nanorods (NRs), realized also in the presence of electric fields [2], and the binary semiconducting-metallic nanoparticle superlattices [3]. [1] D. Talapin, E. Shevchenko, C. B. Murray, A. Titov and P. Kr'al, Nano Letters 7, 1213 (2007). [2] A. Titov and P. Kr'al, submitted. [3] E. V. Shevchenko, D. V. Talapin, N. A. Kotov, S. O'Brien, C. B. Murray, Nature 439, 55-59 (2006).

  10. Self-Assembled Enzyme Nanoparticles for Carbon Dioxide Capture.

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    Shanbhag, Bhuvana Kamath; Liu, Boyin; Fu, Jing; Haritos, Victoria S; He, Lizhong

    2016-05-11

    Enzyme-based processes have shown promise as a sustainable alternative to amine-based processes for carbon dioxide capture. In this work, we have engineered carbonic anhydrase nanoparticles that retain 98% of hydratase activity in comparison to their free counterparts. Carbonic anhydrase was fused with a self-assembling peptide that facilitates the noncovalent assembly of the particle and together were recombinantly expressed from a single gene construct in Escherichia coli. The purified enzymes, when subjected to a reduced pH, form 50-200 nm nanoparticles. The CO2 capture capability of enzyme nanoparticles was demonstrated at ambient (22 ± 2 °C) and higher (50 °C) temperatures, under which the nanoparticles maintain their assembled state. The carrier-free enzymatic nanoparticles demonstrated here offer a new approach to stabilize and reuse enzymes in a simple and cost-effective manner.

  11. Self-assembled polyoxometalates nanoparticles as pickering emulsion stabilizers.

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    Leclercq, Loïc; Mouret, Adrien; Renaudineau, Séverine; Schmitt, Véronique; Proust, Anna; Nardello-Rataj, Véronique

    2015-05-21

    We easily produced a series of polyoxometalate (POM) nanoparticles by taking benefit from electrostatic attractions between various POMs and alkylammonium cations. These self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles are fully characterized in terms of shape, nanostructure, and physicochemical properties. The nanoparticle differences are discussed on the basis of the chemical composition of the initial POM. Moreover, such particles have the ability to stabilize water-in-oil Pickering emulsions. Using a gel-trapping technique coupled to atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations, we determined their affinity toward oil by the contact angle of adsorbed nanoparticles. We show that the emulsion droplet size and stability can be directly linked to the nanoparticle hydrophobicity, which is tuned by the charge localization and molecular packing of POMs with the ammonium cations. Such particles are of special interest as they open large possibilities for Pickering interfacial catalysis. PMID:25937090

  12. Kinetics of self-assembled monolayer formation on individual nanoparticles.

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    Smith, Jeremy G; Jain, Prashant K

    2016-08-24

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formation of alkanethiols on nanoparticle surfaces is an extensively studied surface reaction. But the nanoscale aspects of the rich microscopic kinetics of this reaction may remain hidden due to ensemble-averaging in colloidal samples, which is why we investigated in real-time how alkanethiol SAMs form on a single Ag nanoparticle. From single-nanoparticle trajectories obtained using in situ optical spectroscopy, the kinetics of SAM formation appears to be limited by the growth of the layer across the nanoparticle surface. A significant spread in the growth kinetics is seen between nanoparticles. The single-nanoparticle rate distributions suggest two distinct modes for SAM growth: spillover of adsorbed thiols from the initial binding sites on the nanoparticle and direct adsorption of thiol from solution. At low concentrations, wherein direct adsorption from solution is not prevalent and growth takes place primarily by adsorbate migration, the SAM formation rate was less variable from one nanoparticle to another. On the other hand, at higher thiol concentrations, when both modes of growth were operative, the population of nanoparticles with inherent variations in surface conditions and/or morphology exhibited a heterogeneous distribution of rates. These new insights into the complex dynamics of SAM formation may inform synthetic strategies for ligand passivation and functionalization of nanoparticles and models of reactive adsorption and catalysis on nanoparticles. PMID:27523488

  13. Random lasing actions in self-assembled perovskite nanoparticles

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    Liu, Shuai; Li, Jiankai; Gu, Zhiyuan; Wang, Kaiyang; Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai

    2015-01-01

    Solution-based perovskite nanoparticles have been intensively studied in past few years due to their applications in both photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. Here, based on the common ground between the solution-based perovskite and random lasers, we have studied the mirrorless lasing actions in self-assembled perovskite nanoparticles. After the synthesis from solution, discrete lasing peaks have been observed from the optically pumped perovskites without any well-defined cavity boundaries. The obtained quality (Q) factors and thresholds of random lasers are around 500 and 60 uJ/cm2, respectively. Both values are comparable to the conventional perovskite microdisk lasers with polygon shaped cavity boundaries. From the corresponding studies on laser spectra and fluorescence microscope images, the lasing actions are considered as random lasers that are generated by strong multiple scattering in random gain media. In additional to conventional single-photon excitation, due to the strong nonlinear effects of...

  14. Principles Governing the Self Assembly of Polypeptide Nanoparticles

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    Wahome, Newton

    Self assembling systems on the nanometer scale afford the advantage of being able to control submicron level events. In this study, we focus on the self-assembling polypeptide nanoparticles (SAPN). The SAPN scaffold is made up of oligomerizing domains that align along the principle rotational axes of icosahedral symmetry. By aligning them along these axes, a particle with spherical geometry can be achieved. This particle can be utilized as a vaccine, as a drug delivery vehicle, or as a biomedical imaging device. This research will try to answer why the SAPN self-assembles into distinct molecular weight ranges while mostly maintaining a spherical morphology. The first means will be theoretical and computational, where we will utilize a mathematical formalism to find out how the packing of SAPN's monomeric units can occur within symmetric space. Then molecular dynamics will be run within this symmetric space to test the per amino acid residue susceptibility of SAPN towards becoming polymorphic in nature. Means for examining the aggregation propensity of SAPN will be also be tested. Specifically, the relationship of different sequences of SAPN with pH will be elucidated. Co-assembly of SAPN to reduce the surface density of an aggregation prone epitope will be tested. Also, aggregation reduction consisting of the exchange of an anionic denaturant with a positively charged suppressor in order to mitigate a priori peptide association and misfolding, will also be attempted. SAPN has been shown to be an immunogenic platform for the presentation of pathogen derived antigens. We will attempt to show the efficacy of presenting an antigen from HIV-1 which is structurally restrained to best match the native conformation on the virus. Immunological studies will be performed to test the effect of this approach, as well testing the antigenicity of the nanoparticle in the absence of adjuvant. Finally, the antigen presenting nanoparticles will undergo formulation testing, to measure

  15. Electrochromic properties of self-assembled nanoparticle multilayer films

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    Xue Bo; Li Hong [College of Science and Engineering, Jinan University, HuangPu Road West No.601 Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, 510632 (China); Zhang Lanlan [College of Life Science and Technology, Jinan University, HuangPu Road West No.601 Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, 510632 (China); Peng Jun, E-mail: lodossxb@sohu.co [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalate Science of the Ministry of Education, Faculty of Chemistry Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, 130024 (China)

    2010-08-31

    Hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) nanocrystal and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were assembled into thin films by layer-by-layer self-assembly method. HTB nanocrystals were synthesized by hydrothermal route at 155 {sup o}C. UV-Vis spectra showed that the HTB/TiO{sub 2} films exhibit a linear increase in film thickness with assembly exposure steps. The electrochromic property of the film was carefully investigated. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that the redox peak was around -0.5 V. The electrochromic contrast, coloration efficiency, switching speed, stability and optical memory were carefully investigated. The films vary from white to blue and finally dark brown. The electrochromic contrast is 63.9% at 633 nm. The coloration efficiency of the films is relatively high. The response time is less than 3 s.

  16. Electrochromic properties of self-assembled nanoparticle multilayer films

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    Hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) nanocrystal and TiO2 nanoparticles were assembled into thin films by layer-by-layer self-assembly method. HTB nanocrystals were synthesized by hydrothermal route at 155 oC. UV-Vis spectra showed that the HTB/TiO2 films exhibit a linear increase in film thickness with assembly exposure steps. The electrochromic property of the film was carefully investigated. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that the redox peak was around -0.5 V. The electrochromic contrast, coloration efficiency, switching speed, stability and optical memory were carefully investigated. The films vary from white to blue and finally dark brown. The electrochromic contrast is 63.9% at 633 nm. The coloration efficiency of the films is relatively high. The response time is less than 3 s.

  17. Self-assembly of silver nanoparticles and bacteriophage

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    Santi Scibilia

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Biohybrid nanostructured materials, composed of both inorganic nanoparticles and biomolecules, offer prospects for many new applications in extremely diverse fields such as chemistry, physics, engineering, medicine and nanobiotechnology. In the recent years, Phage display technique has been extensively used to generate phage clones displaying surface peptides with functionality towards organic materials. Screening and selection of phage displayed material binding peptides has attracted great interest because of their use for development of hybrid materials with multiple functionalities. Here, we present a self-assembly approach for the construction of hybrid nanostructured networks consisting of M13 P9b phage clone, specific for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, selected by Phage display technology, directly assembled with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs, previously prepared by pulsed laser ablation. These networks are characterized by UV–vis optical spectroscopy, scanning/transmission electron microscopies and Raman spectroscopy. We investigated the influence of different ions and medium pH on self-assembly by evaluating different phage suspension buffers. The assembly of these networks is controlled by electrostatic interactions between the phage pVIII major capsid proteins and the AgNPs. The formation of the AgNPs-phage networks was obtained only in two types of tested buffers at a pH value near the isoelectric point of each pVIII proteins displayed on the surface of the clone. This systematic study allowed to optimize the synthesis procedure to assembly AgNPs and bacteriophage. Such networks find application in the biomedical field of advanced biosensing and targeted gene and drug delivery.

  18. Electrochemical Sensor for Oxidation of NO Based on Au-Pt Nanoparticles Self-assembly Film

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    XIE,Jia; YU,Zhihui; XIA,Dingguo

    2009-01-01

    Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film used as an efficient electrochemical sensor was prepared by self-assembled Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles on a glassy carbon (GC) substrate using thioglycolic acid as a linker. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the Au-Pt nanoparticles self-assembly film was dense and uniform. Electrochemical experiments revealed that Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film/GC electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation of nitric oxide.

  19. Self-assembly of PEGylated gold nanoparticles with satellite structures as seeds.

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    Bachelet, Marie; Chen, Rongjun

    2016-07-21

    We report a very simple method for the self-assembly of spherical gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), coated with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), through a slow evaporation process at room temperature. Clusters of particles forming satellite structures may act as seeds for the self-assembly in a crystallization-like process. Based on the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images obtained a mechanism for the self-assembly was suggested. PMID:27384086

  20. Synthesis of monodisperse silver nanoparticles and their self-assembly through simple thermal decomposition approach

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    An easy one phase synthesis of monodisperse silver nanoparticles and their self-assembly has been reported. Thermal decomposition of silver acetate in diphenyl ether in the presence of oleic acid (cis-9-octadecenoic acid) and oleylamine (cis-9-octadecenoic amine) leads to the formation of silver nanoparticles. The amount of organic content present on the surface of Ag nanoparticles affects the self-assembly of nanoparticles. In the presence of oleic acid alone, no self-assembly was observed but the presence of oleyl amine along with oleic acid led to increased organic coating on the surface of silver nanoparticles resulting in the self-assembly (cubic or hexagonal) of monodisperse silver nanoparticles. The silver nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), CHN analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and UV-visible spectroscopy.

  1. Self-assembled nanoparticle-stabilized photocatalytic reactors.

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    Burdyny, Thomas; Riordon, Jason; Dinh, Cao-Thang; Sargent, Edward H; Sinton, David

    2016-01-28

    The efficiency of nanostructured photocatalysts continues to improve at an impressive pace and is closing in on those needed for commercial applications; however, present-day reactor strategies used to deploy these nanostructures fail to achieve the sufficient areas (>1 m(2)) needed for solar application. Here we report the Self-assembled Nanoparticle-stabilized Photocatalytic Reactor (SNPR), a fully-scalable reactor strategy comprised only of nanoparticles adsorbed at the fluid-fluid interfaces of oil-in-water emulsions, water-in-oil emulsions, and CO2-in-water foams. We show that SNPRs naturally disperse over open water and need no physical substrate, requiring only photocatalysts and fluid. In environmental applications the SNPR provides more than double the reaction rate of a comparable single-phase reactor. In continuous mode, the SNPR achieves 100% photocatalyst retention and processes 96% of the stream over 20 hours; in contrast, the performance of a comparable aqueous suspension declines to zero over this interval, losing all photocatalyst to the outlet stream. We further characterize the photoactivity of individual photocatalytic droplets, with reactants in both the continuous and dispersed phases. These results demonstrate SNPRs as a robust and flexible reactor strategy and a route-to-scale for nanomaterials. PMID:26700375

  2. Recent Advances in Targeted, Self-Assembling Nanoparticles to Address Vascular Damage Due to Atherosclerosis.

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    Chung, Eun Ji; Tirrell, Matthew

    2015-11-18

    Self-assembling nanoparticles functionalized with targeting moieties have significant potential for atherosclerosis nanomedicine. While self-assembly allows the easy construction (and degradation) of nanoparticles with therapeutic or diagnostic functionality, or both, the targeting agent can direct them to a specific molecular marker within a given stage of the disease. Therefore, supramolecular nanoparticles have been investigated in the last decade as molecular imaging agents or explored as nanocarriers that can decrease the systemic toxicity of drugs by producing accumulation predominantly in specific tissues of interest. In this Progress Report, the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and the damage caused to vascular tissue are described, as well as the current diagnostic and treatment options. An overview of targeted strategies using self-assembling nanoparticles is provided, including liposomes, high density lipoproteins, protein cages, micelles, proticles, and perfluorocarbon nanoparticles. Finally, an overview is given of current challenges, limitations, and future applications for personalized medicine in the context of atherosclerosis of self-assembling nanoparticles.

  3. Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles by Chemically Modified Polyol Methods under Experimental Control

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    In our present research, bottom-up self-assembly of gold (Au) nanoparticles on a flat copper (Cu) substrate is performed by a facile method. The very interesting evidence of self-assembly of Au nanoparticles on the top of the thin assembled layer was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We had discovered one of the most general and simple methods for the self-assembly of metal nanoparticles. The general physical and chemical mechanisms of the evaporation process of the solvents can be used for self-assembly of the as-prepared nanoparticles. The important roles of molecules of the used solvents are very critical to self-assembly of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles in the case without using any polymers for those processes. It is clear that self-assembly of such one nano system of the uniform Au nanoparticles is fully examined. Finally, an exciting surface plasmon resonance (SPR) phenomenon of the pure Au nanoparticles in the solvent was fully discovered in their exciting changes of the narrow and large SPR bands according to synthesis time. The SPR was considered as the collective oscillation of valence electrons of the surfaces of the pure Au nanoparticles in the solvent by incident ultraviolet-visible light. Then, the frequency of light photons matches the frequency of the oscillation of surface electrons of the Au nanoparticles that are excited.

  4. Self-assembled nanoparticle-stabilized photocatalytic reactors

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    Burdyny, Thomas; Riordon, Jason; Dinh, Cao-Thang; Sargent, Edward H.; Sinton, David

    2016-01-01

    The efficiency of nanostructured photocatalysts continues to improve at an impressive pace and is closing in on those needed for commercial applications; however, present-day reactor strategies used to deploy these nanostructures fail to achieve the sufficient areas (>1 m2) needed for solar application. Here we report the Self-assembled Nanoparticle-stabilized Photocatalytic Reactor (SNPR), a fully-scalable reactor strategy comprised only of nanoparticles adsorbed at the fluid-fluid interfaces of oil-in-water emulsions, water-in-oil emulsions, and CO2-in-water foams. We show that SNPRs naturally disperse over open water and need no physical substrate, requiring only photocatalysts and fluid. In environmental applications the SNPR provides more than double the reaction rate of a comparable single-phase reactor. In continuous mode, the SNPR achieves 100% photocatalyst retention and processes 96% of the stream over 20 hours; in contrast, the performance of a comparable aqueous suspension declines to zero over this interval, losing all photocatalyst to the outlet stream. We further characterize the photoactivity of individual photocatalytic droplets, with reactants in both the continuous and dispersed phases. These results demonstrate SNPRs as a robust and flexible reactor strategy and a route-to-scale for nanomaterials.The efficiency of nanostructured photocatalysts continues to improve at an impressive pace and is closing in on those needed for commercial applications; however, present-day reactor strategies used to deploy these nanostructures fail to achieve the sufficient areas (>1 m2) needed for solar application. Here we report the Self-assembled Nanoparticle-stabilized Photocatalytic Reactor (SNPR), a fully-scalable reactor strategy comprised only of nanoparticles adsorbed at the fluid-fluid interfaces of oil-in-water emulsions, water-in-oil emulsions, and CO2-in-water foams. We show that SNPRs naturally disperse over open water and need no physical substrate

  5. Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Nanoparticles as Fluorophore-Free Contrast Agents for Multicolor Optical Imaging

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    Da Hye Shin

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the fabrication of self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanoparticles that provide a multicolor optical imaging modality. Poly(γ-glutamic acid(γ-PGA formed self-assembled nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions with two different cationic polymers: poly(L-lysine(PLL and chitosan. The self-assembled γ-PGA/PLL and γ-PGA/chitosan nanoparticles were crosslinked by glutaraldehyde. Crosslinking of the ionic self-assembled nanoparticles with glutaraldehyde not only stabilized the nanoparticles but also generated a strong autofluorescence signal. Fluorescent Schiff base bonds (C=N and double bonds (C=C were generated simultaneously by crosslinking of the amine moiety of the cationic polyelectrolytes with monomeric glutaraldehyde or with polymeric glutaraldehyde. The unique optical properties of the nanoparticles that resulted from the crosslinking by glutaraldehyde were analyzed using UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. We observed that the fluorescence intensity of the nanoparticles could be regulated by adjusting the crosslinker concentration and the reaction time. The nanoparticles also exhibited high performance in the labeling and monitoring of therapeutic immune cells (macrophages and dendritic cells. These self-assembled nanoparticles are expected to be a promising multicolor optical imaging contrast agent for the labeling, detection, and monitoring of cells.

  6. Self-Assembled Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications

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    Miguel Gama

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogel nanoparticles—also referred to as polymeric nanogels or macromolecular micelles—are emerging as promising drug carriers for therapeutic applications. These nanostructures hold versatility and properties suitable for the delivery of bioactive molecules, namely of biopharmaceuticals. This article reviews the latest developments in the use of self-assembled polymeric nanogels for drug delivery applications, including small molecular weight drugs, proteins, peptides, oligosaccharides, vaccines and nucleic acids. The materials and techniques used in the development of self-assembling nanogels are also described.

  7. Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles on Nanometre-Patterned Surface

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    ZHANG Yong-Jun; YANG Jing-Hai; LI Wei; ZHANG Yu; XU Ling; XU Jun; HUANG Xin-Fan; CHEN Kun-Ji

    2005-01-01

    @@ The self-assembly processes of gold nanoparticles on nanometre-step-patterned Si surface and polished Si surface are investigated by the convective self-assembly method. The convective self-assembly method is used to deposit the colloids dispersed in benzene onto the substrates. The SEM results show that the configurations of the gold arrays depend on the surface morphology of the substrates. On the nanometre-step-patterned Si surface, the nanoparticles self assemble into parallel lines, and the distance between the neighbouring lines is around 35nm.On the polished Si surface the nanoparticles form compact domains. In each domain the particles are closepacked in a two-dimensional hexagonal superlattice and are separated by uniform distances. The analysis shows that on the nanometre-step-patterned Si surface, the steps play critical roles in the self-assembly process of gold nanoparticles. The capillary force from the steps drives the particles to lines along the steps. Therefore, the particles tend to self-assemble into one-dimensional line structures when the solvent evaporates. For the polished Si substrate there isa little difference that the particles form two-dimensional hexagonal superlattices without the directional confinement.

  8. Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties

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    Rovigatti, Lorenzo; Capone, Barbara; Likos, Christos N.

    2016-02-01

    The fabrication of versatile building blocks that reliably self-assemble into desired ordered and disordered phases is amongst the hottest topics in contemporary materials science. To this end, microscopic units of varying complexity, aimed at assembling the target phases, have been thought, designed, investigated and built. Such a path usually requires laborious fabrication techniques, especially when specific functionalisation of the building blocks is required. Telechelic star polymers, i.e., star polymers made of a number of f di-block copolymers consisting of solvophobic and solvophilic monomers grafted on a central anchoring point, spontaneously self-assemble into soft patchy particles featuring attractive spots (patches) on the surface. Here we show that the tunability of such a system can be widely extended by controlling the physical and chemical parameters of the solution. Indeed, under fixed external conditions the self-assembly behaviour depends only on the number of arms and on the ratio of solvophobic to solvophilic monomers. However, changes in temperature and/or solvent quality make it possible to reliably change the number and size of the attractive patches. This allows the steering of the mesoscopic self-assembly behaviour without modifying the microscopic constituents. Interestingly, we also demonstrate that diverse combinations of the parameters can generate stars with the same number of patches but different radial and angular stiffness. This mechanism could provide a neat way of further fine-tuning the elastic properties of the supramolecular network without changing its topology.

  9. Effects of ligands with different water solubilities on self-assembly and properties of targeted nanoparticles

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    Valencia, Pedro M.; Hanewich-Hollatz, Mikhail H.; Gao, Weiwei; Karim, Fawziya; Langer, Robert; Karnik, Rohit; Farokhzad, Omid C.

    2011-01-01

    The engineering of drug-encapsulated targeted nanoparticles (NPs) has the potential to revolutionize drug therapy. A major challenge for the smooth translation of targeted NPs to the clinic has been developing methods for the prediction and optimization of the NP surface composition, especially when targeting ligands (TL) of different chemical properties are involved in the NP self-assembly process. Here we investigated the self-assembly and properties of two different targeted NPs decorated ...

  10. Local flux governing mechanism for the self-assembly of silver nanoparticles on ripple patterned templates

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    On ripple patterned substrates produced by ion beam sputtering, silver nanoparticles are successfully produced by using angular varied PVD electron beam evaporation method. Nanoparticle self-assembly is observed even in a non-shadow deposition region, though ripple pattern has a shallow modulation of ∼2 nm. Therefore, the contribution of the surface adatom diffusion kinetics and the local flux variation seems to be important for this self-assembly process. Due to lower incident flux and lower adatom energy PVD e-beam evaporation deposition method is proven to be superior to sputter deposition for the nanoparticles self-assembly. The self-assembly of nanoparticles is largely dependent on angle of incidence θ, rate of deposition, and deposition direction with respect to the surface topography. We propose the local flux variation model based on the ripple asymmetric tilt and the local incident angle which explains the self-assembly process nicely in terms of the nanoparticle size distribution. The optimum incident angles are calculated to be θ = ± 70° with respect to surface normal by using an analytical rippled surface model for the best alignment of nanoparticles as well as nanowires that are indeed obtained experimentally even though these angles are out of the shadow deposition regime. (papers)

  11. Selective self-assembly of adenine-silver nanoparticles forms rings resembling the size of cells

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    Choi, Sungmoon; Park, Soonyoung; Yang, Seon-Ah; Jeong, Yujin; Yu, Junhua

    2015-12-01

    Self-assembly has played critical roles in the construction of functional nanomaterials. However, the structure of the macroscale multicomponent materials built by the self-assembly of nanoscale building blocks is hard to predict due to multiple intermolecular interactions of great complexity. Evaporation of solvents is usually an important approach to induce kinetically stable assemblies of building blocks with a large-scale specific arrangement. During such a deweting process, we tried to monitor the possible interactions between silver nanoparticles and nucleobases at a larger scale by epifluorescence microscopy, thanks to the doping of silver nanoparticles with luminescent silver nanodots. ssDNA oligomer-stabilized silver nanoparticles and adenine self-assemble to form ring-like compartments similar to the size of modern cells. However, the silver ions only dismantle the self-assembly of adenine. The rings are thermodynamically stable as the drying process only enrich the nanoparticles-nucleobase mixture to a concentration that activates the self-assembly. The permeable membrane-like edge of the ring is composed of adenine filaments glued together by silver nanoparticles. Interestingly, chemicals are partially confined and accumulated inside the ring, suggesting that this might be used as a microreactor to speed up chemical reactions during a dewetting process.

  12. Controllable self-assembly of NaREF4 upconversion nanoparticles and their distinctive fluorescence properties

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    Liu, Xiaoxia; Ni, Yaru; Zhu, Cheng; Fang, Liang; Kou, Jiahui; Lu, Chunhua; Xu, Zhongzi

    2016-07-01

    The paper presents the growth of hexagonal NaYF4:Yb3+, Tm3+ nanocrystals with tunable sizes induced by different contents of doped Yb3+ ions (10%–99.5%) using the thermal decomposition method. These nanoparticles, which have different sizes, are then self-assembled at the interface of cyclohexane and ethylene and transferred onto a normal glass slide. It is found that the size of nanoparticles directs their self-assembly. Due to the appropriate size of 40.5 nm, 15% Yb3+ ions doped nanoparticles are able to be self-assembled into an ordered inorganic monolayer membrane with a large area of about 10 × 10 μm2. More importantly, the obvious short-wave (300–500 nm) fluorescence improvement of the ordered 2D self-assembly structure is observed to be relative to disordered nanoparticles, which is because intrinsic absorption and scattering of upconversion nanoparticles leads to the self-loss of fluorescence, especially the short-wave fluorescence inside the disordered structure, and the relative emission of short-wave fluorescence is reduced. The construction of a 2D self-assembly structure can effectively avoid this and improve the radiated short-wave fluorescence, especially UV photons, and is able to direct the design of new types of solid-state optical materials in many fields.

  13. In-situ synthesis of nanoparticles via supersolubilizing micelle self-assembly

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    2007-01-01

    In-situ synthesis of nano-particles using the self-assembly of molten salt and super soluble micellae was proposed based on a phenomenon of super solubilization of molten salt in reverse micellae and its self-assembly when the concentration reached up to 95%(w/w).The mechanism of the self-assembly indicates that the self-assembly of molten salt occurs in a reverse micelle where a homogenous phase is established between 5%(w/w)of a surfactant with a VB value of less than 1 and a hydrocarbon spe- cies.This synthesis has some unique features,such as being free of water,highly effective deposition and narrow distribution of particle size.

  14. In-situ synthesis of nanoparticles via supersolubilizing micelle self-assembly

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    2007-01-01

    In-situ synthesis of nano-particles using the self-assembly of molten salt and super soluble micellae was proposed based on a phenomenon of super solubilization of molten salt in reverse micellae and its self-assembly when the concentration reached up to 95% (w/w). The mechanism of the self-assembly indicates that the self-assembly of molten salt occurs in a reverse micelle where a homogenous phase is established between 5% (w/w) of a surfactant with a VB value of less than 1 and a hydrocarbon species. This synthesis has some unique features, such as being free of water, highly effective deposition and narrow distribution of particle size.

  15. Expression, purification and refolding of a self-assembling protein nanoparticle (SAPN) malaria vaccine.

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    Guo, Qin; Dasgupta, Debleena; Doll, Tais A P F; Burkhard, Peter; Lanar, David E

    2013-05-01

    There are many ways to present antigens to the immune system. We have used a repetitive antigen display technology that relies on the self-assembly of 60 protein chains into a spherical self-assembling protein nanoparticle (SAPN) to develop a vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum malaria. The protein sequence contains selected B- and T-cell epitopes of the circumsporozoite protein of P. falciparum (PfCSP) and, when assembled into a nanoparticle induces strong, long-lived and protective immune responses against the PfCSP. Here we describe the conditions needed for promoting self-assembly of a P. falciparum vaccine nanoparticle, PfCSP-KMY-SAPN, and note pitfalls that may occur when determining conditions for other SAPN vaccines. Attention was paid to selecting processes that were amenable to scale up and cGMP manufacturing.

  16. Two-dimensional nanoparticle self-assembly using plasma-induced Ostwald ripening

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    In this work, a novel Ag nanoparticle self-assembly process based on plasma-induced two-dimensional Ostwald ripening is demonstrated. Ag nanoparticles are deposited on p-doped Si substrates using a DC magnetron sputtering process. With the assistance of O2/Ar plasma treatment, different sizes and patterns of Ag nanoparticles are formed, due to the Ostwald ripening. The evolution of plasma-induced nanoparticle ripening is studied and a clear increase in particle size and a decrease in particle density are observed with increasing plasma treatment. From the experiments, it is concluded that the initial nanoparticle density and the plasma gas mixture (Ar/O2 ratio) are important factors that affect the ripening process. The proposed plasma-directed Ag nanoparticle self-assembly provides a rapid method of tailoring the nanoparticle distribution on substrates, with potential applications in the fields of solar cells, biosensors, and catalysis.

  17. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Gamboa, S.A. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Pal, U. [Inst. de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla Univ., Puebla (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Autonoma Metropolitana Univ. (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

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    This paper reported on a study in which membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) were fabricated by depositing Au, Pt and AuPt nanoparticles on Nafion 115 membrane for use in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). A Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) was used to measure the nanoparticle catalyst activity. After deposition of the nanoparticles on the membrane, the surface was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The membrane proton conduction process was studied by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) with the 4 probe technique. The MEAs fabricated with Nafion/Metal membranes were evaluated in a PEMFC under standard conditions. Colloidal solutions were used to prepare self-assembled electrodes with nanoparticles deposited on Nafion membrane. The particles deposited on Nafion showed good stability and had homogeneous distribution along the membrane surface. The impedance results revealed an increase in the membrane proton resistance of the self-assembled electrodes compared to unmodified Nafion. The Au-Pt nanoparticles were obtained by chemical reduction. The nanoparticle size in the three systems was about 2 nm. The self-assembled electrodes performed well in standard conditions. The optimum colloidal concentration and immersion time must be determined in order to obtain good catalytic activity and high membrane conductance. The self-assembled Nafion/AuPt had the best open circuit potential (887 mV). The Au and Pt self-assemblies showed a similar performance in terms of maximum power and maximum current density. The performance of the Nafion/Au self-assembly was influenced more by ohmic losses, particularly in the membrane. The maximum power generation was obtained at 0.35 V. The mass transport losses increased after this value, thereby affecting the efficiency of the PEMFC. 2 figs.

  18. Self-assembly and flux closure studies of magnetic nanoparticle rings

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    Wei, Alexander; Kasama, Takeshi; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

    2011-01-01

    Thermoremanent magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) can self-assemble into rings through dipolar interactions, when dispersed under appropriate conditions. Analysis of individual MNP rings and clusters by off-axis electron holography reveals bistable flux closure (FC) states at ambient temperatures, and...... their reversible switching by magnetic field gradients. We introduce a line-bond formalism to describe the coupling between MNPs.......Thermoremanent magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) can self-assemble into rings through dipolar interactions, when dispersed under appropriate conditions. Analysis of individual MNP rings and clusters by off-axis electron holography reveals bistable flux closure (FC) states at ambient temperatures, and...

  19. Self-Assembly of Ferritin Nanoparticles into an Enzyme Nanocomposite with Tunable Size for Ultrasensitive Immunoassay.

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    Men, Dong; Zhang, Ting-Ting; Hou, Li-Wei; Zhou, Juan; Zhang, Zhi-Ping; Shi, Yuan-Yuan; Zhang, Jin-Li; Cui, Zong-Qiang; Deng, Jiao-Yu; Wang, Dian-Bing; Zhang, Xian-En

    2015-11-24

    The self-assembly of nanoparticles into larger superstructures is a powerful strategy to develop novel functional nanomaterials, as these superstructures display collective properties that are different to those displayed by individual nanoparticles or bulk samples. However, there are increasing bottlenecks in terms of size control and multifunctionalization of nanoparticle assemblies. In this study, we developed a self-assembly strategy for construction of multifunctional nanoparticle assemblies of tunable size, through rational regulation of the number of self-assembling interaction sites on each nanoparticle. As proof-of-principle, a size-controlled enzyme nanocomposite (ENC) was constructed by self-assembly of streptavidin-labeled horseradish peroxidase (SA-HRP) and autobiotinylated ferritin nanoparticles (bFNP). Our ENC integrates a large number of enzyme molecules, together with a streptavidin-coated surface, allowing for a drastic increase in enzymatic signal when the SA is bound to a biotinylated target molecule. As result, a 10 000-fold increase in sensitivity over conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) methods was achieved in a cardiac troponin immunoassay. Our method presented here should provide a feasible approach for constructing elaborate multifunctional superstructures of tunable size useful for a broad range of biomedical applications.

  20. Synthesis of self-assembly plasmonic silver nanoparticles with tunable luminescence color

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    Al-Ghamdi, Haifa S.; Mahmoud, Waleed E., E-mail: w_e_mahmoud@yahoo.com

    2014-01-15

    Assembly is an elegant and effective bottom-up approach to prepare arrays of nanoparticles from nobel metals. Noble metal nanoparticles are perfect building blocks because they can be prepared with an adequate functionalization to allow their assembly and with controlled sizes. Herein, we report a novel recipe for the synthesis of self-assembled silver nanoparticles with tunable optical properties and sizes. The synthetic route followed here based on the covalent binding among silver nanoparticles by means of poly vinyl alcohol for the first time. The size of silver nanoparticle is governed by varying the amount of sodium borohydride. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, selected area electron diffraction and UV–vis spectroscopy. Results depicted that self-assembly of mono-dispersed silver nanoparticles with different sizes have been achieved. The silver nanostructure has a single crystalline faced centered cubic structure with growth orientation along (1 1 1) facet. These nanoparticles exhibited localized surface plasmon resonance at 403 nm. The luminescence peaks were red-sifted from violet to green due to the increase of the particle sizes. -- Highlights: • Self-assembled silver nanoparticles based PVA were synthesized. • NaBH{sub 4} amount was found particle size dependent. • Silver nanoparticles strongly affected the surface plasmon resonance. • Highly symmetric luminescence emission band narrow width is obtained. • Dark field image showed a tunable color change from violet to green.

  1. Self-assembled peptide beads used as a template for ordered gold nanoparticle superstructures.

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    de Bruyn Ouboter, Dirk; Schuster, Thomas B; Sigg, Severin J; Meier, Wolfgang P

    2013-12-01

    Using peptide-based materials to tailor self-assembled, nano-scaled hybrid materials with potentially high biocompatibility/biodegradability is gaining importance in developing a broad range of new applications, in areas such as diagnostics and medicine. Here, we investigated how the self-assembly ability of amphiphilic peptides can be used to create organized inorganic materials, i.e. gold nanoparticles. A bead-forming, purely peptidic amphiphile Ac-[K(Ac)]3-[W-l]3-W-NH2, containing acetylated (Ac) l-lysine (K), l-tryptophan (W) and d-leucine (l), was C-terminally modified with a l-cysteine (C) and linked to gold nanoparticles. Subsequent peptide-driven self-assembly of the peptide-coated gold nanoparticles with increasing water content led to controlled aggregation of the gold-core micelles, forming composite peptide-gold superstructures. The individual gold nanoparticles did not agglomerate but were separated from each other by a peptide film within the composite material, as revealed by electron microscopy studies. Structural investigation on 2D template-stripped gold demonstrated the ability of the peptides to form self-assembled monolayers. Structural elements of β-turns and weak hydrogen bonding of the hydrophobic moiety of the peptide were evident, thereby suggesting that the secondary structure remains intact. PMID:24099645

  2. Calixarene-stabilised cobalt nanoparticle rings: Self-assembly and collective magnetic properties

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    Wei, A; Tripp, SL; Liu, J;

    2009-01-01

    Calixarenes can be used to promote the self-assembly of thermoremanent cobalt nanoparticles into bracelet-like rings below 100nm in diameter. These kinetically stable assemblies are regulated by the equilibrium between enthalpic gain (dipole-dipole and long-range van der Waals interactions...

  3. Preparation and Utilization of Self-assembled Ultrathin Films Composed of Polyelectrolytes, Nanoparticles and Nanoplatelets

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    1998-01-01

    The layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolytes, colloidal nanoparticles and nanoplatelets provides a convenient route to the construction of ultrathin films with many potential applications. The utility of this approach is illustrated by describing the construction of a high energy density rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

  4. Towards strain gauges based on a self-assembled nanoparticle monolayer-SAXS study

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    An in situ small-angle x-ray scattering study of the nanoparticle displacement in a self-assembled monolayer as a function of a supporting membrane strain is presented. The average nanoparticle spacing is 6.7 nm in the unstrained state and increases in the applied force direction, following linearly the membrane strain which reaches the maximum value of 11%. The experimental results suggest a continuous mutual shift of the nanoparticles and their gradual separation with the growing stress rather than nanoparticle islands formation. No measurable shift of the nanoparticles was observed in the direction perpendicular to the applied stress.

  5. DC electric field induced phase array self-assembly of Au nanoparticles

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    In this work we report the discovery of phase array self-assembly, a new way to spontaneously make periodic arrangements of metal nanoparticles. An initially random arrangement of gold (Au) or silver (Ag) nanoparticles on SiO2/Si substrates was irradiated with linearly polarized (P) laser light in the presence of a dc electric (E) field applied to the insulating substrate. For E fields parallel to the laser polarization (E ∥ P), the resulting periodic ordering was single-crystal like with extremely low defect density and covered large macroscopic areas. The E field appears to be modifying the phase between radiation scattered by the individual nanoparticles thus leading to enhanced interference effects. While phase array behavior is widely known in antenna technology, this is the first evidence that it can also aid in nanoscale self-assembly. These results provide a simple way to produce periodic metal nanoparticles over large areas. (paper)

  6. Self-assembled silver nanoparticles in a bow-tie antenna configuration.

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    Eskelinen, Antti-Pekka; Moerland, Robert J; Kostiainen, Mauri A; Törmä, Päivi

    2014-03-26

    The self-assembly of silver nanoparticles into a bow-tie antenna configuration is achieved with the DNA origami method. Instead of complicated particle geometries, spherical silver nanoparticles are used. Formation of the structures in high yields is verified with transmission electron microscopy and agarose gel electrophoresis. According to finite-difference time-domain simulations, the antenna configuration could be used as a DNA sensor. PMID:24659271

  7. Light-Induced Reversible Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles Surface-Immobilized with Coumarin Ligands.

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    He, Huibin; Feng, Miao; Chen, Qidi; Zhang, Xinqi; Zhan, Hongbing

    2016-01-18

    A novel light-induced reversible self-assembly (LIRSA) system is based on the reversible photodimerization and photocleavage of coumarin groups on the surface of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in THF solution. Facilitated by coumarin groups, light irradiation at 365 nm triggers the stable assembly of monodisperse AuNPs; the resulting self-assembly system can be disassembled back to the disassembled state by a relatively short exposure to benign UV light. The reversible self-assembly cycle can be repeated 4 times. A specific concentration range of coumarin ligand and the THF solvent were identified to be the two predominant factors that contribute to the LIRSA of AuNPs. This is the first successful application of reversible photodimerization based on a coumarin derivative in the field of AuNP LIRSA. This LIRSA system may provide unique opportunities for the photoregulated synthesis of many adjustable nanostructures and devices.

  8. Self-assembly of Gold Nanoparticle Chains between Nanoelectrodes

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    Ning GU; Jian Hui LIAO; Lan HUANG; Zhi Rui GUO; Wei YU; Li Na XU; Jing WANG

    2006-01-01

    A novel strategy has been developed for construction of nanoparticle chains between nanoelectrodes with bifunctional molecules by taking advantage of linear aggregation of colloidal particles in organic solvents. As confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an individual nanoparticle chain bridged the electrode pair. The present approach makes this technique to be cheap and may be applicable in microelectronic industry.

  9. Enzymatic Ligation Creates Discrete Multi-Nanoparticle Building Blocks for Self-Assembly

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    Claridge, Shelley A.; Mastroianni, Alexander J.; Au, Yeung B.; Liang, Huiyang W.; Micheel, Christine M.; Frechet, Jean M.J.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2008-05-27

    Enzymatic ligation of discrete nanoparticle?DNA conjugates creates nanoparticle dimer and trimer structures in which the nanoparticles are linked by single-stranded DNA, rather than double-stranded DNA as in previous experiments. Ligation is verified by agarose gel and small-angle X-ray scattering. This capability is utilized in two ways: first to create a new class of multiparticle building blocks for nanoscale self-assembly; second to develop a system which can amplify a population of discrete nanoparticle assemblies.

  10. Self-assembling chimeric polypeptide-doxorubicin conjugate nanoparticles that abolish tumours after a single injection

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    Andrew Mackay, J.; Chen, Mingnan; McDaniel, Jonathan R.; Liu, Wenge; Simnick, Andrew J.; Chilkoti, Ashutosh

    2009-12-01

    New strategies to self-assemble biocompatible materials into nanoscale, drug-loaded packages with improved therapeutic efficacy are needed for nanomedicine. To address this need, we developed artificial recombinant chimeric polypeptides (CPs) that spontaneously self-assemble into sub-100-nm-sized, near-monodisperse nanoparticles on conjugation of diverse hydrophobic molecules, including chemotherapeutics. These CPs consist of a biodegradable polypeptide that is attached to a short Cys-rich segment. Covalent modification of the Cys residues with a structurally diverse set of hydrophobic small molecules, including chemotherapeutics, leads to spontaneous formation of nanoparticles over a range of CP compositions and molecular weights. When used to deliver chemotherapeutics to a murine cancer model, CP nanoparticles have a fourfold higher maximum tolerated dose than free drug, and induce nearly complete tumour regression after a single dose. This simple strategy can promote co-assembly of drugs, imaging agents and targeting moieties into multifunctional nanomedicines.

  11. Self-assembly of amphiphilic plasmonic micelle-like nanoparticles in selective solvents.

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    He, Jie; Huang, Xinglu; Li, Yan-Chun; Liu, Yijing; Babu, Taarika; Aronova, Maria A; Wang, Shouju; Lu, Zhongyuan; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Nie, Zhihong

    2013-05-29

    Amphiphilic plasmonic micelle-like nanoparticles (APMNs) composed of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and amphiphilic block copolymers (BCPs) structurally resemble polymer micelles with well-defined architectures and chemistry. The APMNs can be potentially considered as a prototype for modeling a higher-level self-assembly of micelles. The understanding of such secondary self-assembly is of particular importance for the bottom-up design of new hierarchical nanostructures. This article describes the self-assembly, modeling, and applications of APMN assemblies in selective solvents. In a mixture of water/tetrahydrofuran, APMNs assembled into various superstructures, including unimolecular micelles, clusters with controlled number of APMNs, and vesicles, depending on the lengths of polymer tethers and the sizes of AuNP cores. The delicate interplay of entropy and enthalpy contributions to the overall free energy associated with the assembly process, which is strongly dependent on the spherical architecture of APMNs, yields an assembly diagram that is different from the assembly of linear BCPs. Our experimental and computational studies suggested that the morphologies of assemblies were largely determined by the deformability of the effective nanoparticles (that is, nanoparticles together with tethered chains as a whole). The assemblies of APMNs resulted in strong absorption in near-infrared range due to the remarkable plasmonic coupling of Au cores, thus facilitating their biomedical applications in bioimaging and photothermal therapy of cancer.

  12. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    Full Text Available Rong Liu,1,2,* Yusi Lai,1,* Bin He,1 Yuan Li,1 Gang Wang,1 Shuang Chang,1 Zhongwei Gu1 1National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; 2Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China*These authors contributed equally to this paperAbstract: A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethylene glycol chains were threaded in a-cyclodextrins to form polyrotaxanes. The polyrotaxanes self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles. The morphology of the nanoparticles was changed from nanovesicle to micelle after the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, was loaded. The release profile of the drug-loaded nanoparticles was investigated, and it was found that the sustaining release time could last for 32 hours. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were co-cultured with mouse 4T1 breast cancer cells with a drug concentration of 10 µg/mL; the cell survival rate was 3.3% after a 72-hour incubation. In an in vivo study of breast cancer in a mouse model, the drug-loaded nanoparticles were injected in the tail veins of mice with a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight. The tumor inhibition rate of drug-loaded nanoparticles was 53%, which was better than that of doxorubicin hydrochloride. The cardiac toxicity of doxorubicin was decreased greatly after the encapsulation into supramolecular polyrotaxane nanoparticles.Keywords: polyrotaxane, self-assembly, nanoparticle, doxorubicin, supermolecular

  13. Manganese Phosphate Self-assembled Nanoparticle Surface and Its application for Superoxide Anion Detection

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    Xiaohui Shen; Qi Wang; Yuhong Liu; Wenxiao Xue; Lie Ma; Shuaihui Feng; Mimi Wan; Fenghe Wang; Chun Mao

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative analysis of superoxide anion (O2 ·−) has increasing importance considering its potential damages to organism. Herein, a novel Mn-superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) mimics, silica-manganous phosphate (SiO2-Mn3(PO4)2) nanoparticles, were designed and synthesized by surface self-assembly processes that occur on the surface of silica-phytic acid (SiO2-PA) nanoparticles. The composite nanoparticles were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron m...

  14. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    Liu, Rong; Lai, Yusi; He, Bin; Li, Yuan; Wang, Gang; Chang, Shuang; Gu, Zhongwei

    2012-01-01

    A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethylene glycol) chains were threaded in α-cyclodextrins to form polyrotaxanes. The polyrotaxanes self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles. The morphology of the nanoparticles was changed from nanovesicle to micelle after the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, was loaded. The release profile of the drug-loaded nanoparticles was investigated, and it was found that the sustaining release time could last for 32 hours. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were co-cultured with mouse 4T1 breast cancer cells with a drug concentration of 10 μg/mL; the cell survival rate was 3.3% after a 72-hour incubation. In an in vivo study of breast cancer in a mouse model, the drug-loaded nanoparticles were injected in the tail veins of mice with a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight. The tumor inhibition rate of drug-loaded nanoparticles was 53%, which was better than that of doxorubicin hydrochloride. The cardiac toxicity of doxorubicin was decreased greatly after the encapsulation into supramolecular polyrotaxane nanoparticles. PMID:23055732

  15. Tribological properties of self-assembled gold nanoparticles on silicon with polydopamine as the adhesion layer

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    E, Songfeng, E-mail: esf890903@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Shi, Lei, E-mail: leishi@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Guo, Zhiguang, E-mail: zguo@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-02-15

    Adhesion, friction, and wear are the three key problems in moving parts of nano/microelectromechanical system devices. Self-assembly technique has become an important route to solve these problems for its construction of lubricants in micro/nano scales. The present work fabricated a composite dual-layer film of polydopamine/gold nanoparticles on silicon. The morphologies, structures, and chemical constitute of the synthesized nanoparticles and the self-assembled films were confirmed by ultraviolet absorption spectrum, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. To evaluate their micro adhesion forces and macro tribological behaviors of the films, atomic force microscopy and UMT-2M tribometer were employed. The worn surface morphologies of the films and the counterpart steel balls were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the film has favorable friction reduction and wear resistance ability, which is expected to be applied in nano/microelectromechanical systems.

  16. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    Liu R; Lai YS; He B; Li Y; Wang G; Chang S; Gu Z

    2012-01-01

    Rong Liu,1,2,* Yusi Lai,1,* Bin He,1 Yuan Li,1 Gang Wang,1 Shuang Chang,1 Zhongwei Gu1 1National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; 2Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China*These authors contributed equally to this paperAbstract: A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethy...

  17. Malaria vaccine based on self-assembling protein nanoparticles.

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    Burkhard, Peter; Lanar, David E

    2015-01-01

    Despite recent progress with GSK's RTS,S malaria vaccine, there remains a desperate need for an efficient malaria vaccine. We have used a repetitive antigen display technology to display malaria specific B cell and T cell epitopes in an effort to design a vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Our protein sequence when assembled into a nanoparticle induces strong, long-lived and protective immune responses against infection with the parasite. We are confident that the clinical trials with our most developed vaccine candidate will show good protection in a controlled human malaria infection trial.

  18. Molecular Dynamics Studies of Self-Assembling Biomolecules and DNA-functionalized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Cho, Vince Y.

    This thesis is organized as following. In Chapter 2, we use fully atomistic MD simulations to study the conformation of DNA molecules that link gold nanoparticles to form nanoparticle superlattice crystals. In Chapter 3, we study the self-assembly of peptide amphiphiles (PAs) into a cylindrical micelle fiber by using CGMD simulations. Compared to fully atomistic MD simulations, CGMD simulations prove to be computationally cost-efficient and reasonably accurate for exploring self-assembly, and are used in all subsequent chapters. In Chapter 4, we apply CGMD methods to study the self-assembly of small molecule-DNA hybrid (SMDH) building blocks into well-defined cage-like dimers, and reveal the role of kinetics and thermodynamics in this process. In Chapter 5, we extend the CGMD model for this system and find that the assembly of SMDHs can be fine-tuned by changing parameters. In Chapter 6, we explore superlattice crystal structures of DNA-functionalized gold nanoparticles (DNA-AuNP) with the CGMD model and compare the hybridization.

  19. Block copolymer-nanoparticle hybrid self-assembly

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    Hoheisel, Tobias N.

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Polymer-inorganic hybrid materials provide exciting opportunities as they may display favorable properties from both constituents that are desired in applications including catalysis and energy conversion and storage. For the preparation of hybrid materials with well-defined morphologies, block copolymer-directed nanoparticle hybrids present a particularly promising approach. As will be described in this review, once the fundamental characteristics for successful nanostructure formation at or close to the thermodynamic equilibrium of these nanocomposites are identified, the approach can be generalized to various materials classes. In addition to the discussion of recent materials developments based on the use of AB diblock copolymers as well as ABC triblock terpolymers, this review will therefore emphasize progress in the fundamental understanding of the underlying formation mechanisms of such hybrid materials. To this end, critical experiments for, as well as theoretical progress in the description of these nanostructured block copolymer-based hybrid materials will be discussed. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview, the review will emphasize work by the Wiesner group at Cornell University, US, on block copolymer-directed nanoparticle assemblies as well as their use in first potential application areas. The results provide powerful design criteria for wet-chemical synthesis methodologies for the generation of functional nanomaterials for applications ranging from microelectronics to catalysis to energy conversion and storage.

  20. Polymer Directed Self-Assembly of pH-Responsive Antioxidant Nanoparticles

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    Tang, Christina; Amin, Devang; Messersmith, Phillip B.; Anthony, John E.; Prud’homme, Robert K.

    2015-01-01

    We have developed pH-responsive, multifunctional nanoparticles based on encapsulation of an antioxidant, tannic acid (TA), using Flash NanoPrecipitation, a polymer directed self-assembly method. Formation of insoluble coordination complexes of tannic acid and iron during mixing drives nanoparticle assembly. Tuning the core material to polymer ratio, the size of the nanoparticles can be readily tuned between 50 and 265 nm. The resulting nanoparticle is pH-responsive, i.e. stable at pH 7.4 and soluble under acidic conditions due to the nature of the coordination complex. Further, the coordination complex can be coprecipitated with other hydrophobic materials such as therapeutics or imaging agents. For example, coprecipitation with a hydrophobic fluorescent dye creates fluorescent nanoparticles. In vitro, the nanoparticles have low cytotoxicity show antioxidant activity. Therefore, these particles may facilitate intracellular delivery of antioxidants. PMID:25760226

  1. Self-assembled nanoparticles of cholesterol-modified O-carboxymethyl chitosan as a novel carrier for paclitaxel

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    Wang Yinsong; Li Rongshan; Wang Yumei; Zhao Jing [College of Pharmacy, Tianjin Medical University, No. 22 Qixiangtai Road, Heping District, Tianjin 300070 (China); Jiang Qian; Liu Linglong; Zhang Qiqing [Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Medical Science, Peking Union Medical College, PO Box 25(204), Tianjin 300192 (China)], E-mail: wangyinsong@tijmu.edu.cn, E-mail: zhangqiq@xmu.edu.cn

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    Self-assembled nanoparticles of cholesterol-modified O-carboxymethyl chitosan (CCMC) were prepared to be used as a novel carrier for paclitaxel (PTX) in this study. CCMC-6.9 was synthesized by the covalent conjugation of cholesterol to O-carboxymethyl chitosan with the succinyl linkage and the degree of substitution (DS) of the cholesterol moiety was 6.9%. CCMC-6.9 formed self-assembled nanoparticles with a size of 209.5 nm in aqueous media. Paclitaxel-loaded CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles were prepared using a dialysis method and their characteristics were analyzed by dynamic laser light scattering (LLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV). PTX-loaded CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles were almost spherical in shape and their size increased from 245.6 to 355.3 nm with PTX-loading content increasing from 18.7% to 34.9%. In vitro release of PTX from CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles was carried out by the dynamic dialysis method. PTX continuously released in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solutions for 84 h at 37 deg. C and its release was sensitive to the pH of the release media. The biodistribution of PTX-loaded CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles was studied in female Balb/c mice. Compared with PTX in the solution of Cremophor EL (polyethoxylated castor oil)/ethanol (PTX-Cre), CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles significantly increased the uptake of PTX in plasma, liver and spleen, but decreased the uptake in heart and kidney. These results suggest that CCMC-6.9 self-assembled nanoparticles can effectively solubilize PTX and modify its tissue biodistribution, which may be advantageous in enhancing the therapeutic index and reducing the toxicity of PTX.

  2. Self assembly of magnetic nanoparticles at silicon surfaces.

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    Theis-Bröhl, Katharina; Gutfreund, Philipp; Vorobiev, Alexei; Wolff, Max; Toperverg, Boris P; Dura, Joseph A; Borchers, Julie A

    2015-06-21

    Neutron reflectometry was used to study the assembly of magnetite nanoparticles in a water-based ferrofluid close to a silicon surface. Under three conditions, static, under shear and with a magnetic field, the depth profile is extracted. The particles have an average diameter of 11 nm and a volume density of 5% in a D2O-H2O mixture. They are surrounded by a 4 nm thick bilayer of carboxylic acid for steric repulsion. The reflectivity data were fitted to a model using a least square routine based on the Parratt formalism. From the scattering length density depth profiles the following behavior is concluded: the fits indicate that excess carboxylic acid covers the silicon surface and almost eliminates the water in the densely packed wetting layer that forms close to the silicon surface. Under constant shear the wetting layer persists but a depletion layer forms between the wetting layer and the moving ferrofluid. Once the flow is stopped, the wetting layer becomes more pronounced with dense packing and is accompanied by a looser packed second layer. In the case of an applied magnetic field the prolate particles experience a torque and align with their long axes along the silicon surface which leads to a higher particle density. PMID:25971712

  3. Morphology evolution of MoS2: From monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts

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    Yu, Ting; Luo, Xingfang; Han, Shuming; Cao, Yingjie; Yuan, Cailei; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang

    2016-02-01

    The MoS2 nanobelts were successfully synthesized on SiO2/Si substrates using a vapor phase sulfurization process. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are employed to comprehensively study the morphology evolution of MoS2 from monodisperse nanoparticles to self-assembled nanobelts on the SiO2/Si substrates. A possible three-step morphology evolution process, which includes initial nucleation process, self-assembly process, and subsequent crystal growth process (Ostwald ripening), is proposed to explain the formation of MoS2. Moreover, MoS2 nanobelts are characterized by Raman spectroscopy and photo-luminescence (PL). These results provide the possibility to develop an easier-to-cooperate and morphology-controllable approach to fabricate novel architectures.

  4. Free-Standing Self-Assemblies of Gallium Nitride Nanoparticles: A Review

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    Yucheng Lan

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Gallium nitride (GaN is an III-V semiconductor with a direct band-gap of 3 . 4 e V . GaN has important potentials in white light-emitting diodes, blue lasers, and field effect transistors because of its super thermal stability and excellent optical properties, playing main roles in future lighting to reduce energy cost and sensors to resist radiations. GaN nanomaterials inherit bulk properties of the compound while possess novel photoelectric properties of nanomaterials. The review focuses on self-assemblies of GaN nanoparticles without templates, growth mechanisms of self-assemblies, and potential applications of the assembled nanostructures on renewable energy.

  5. Intracellular Self-Assembly of Taxol Nanoparticles for Overcoming Multidrug Resistance.

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Lin; Du, Wei; Ding, Zhanling; Zhang, Jia; Han, Tao; An, Linna; Zhang, Huafeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2015-08-10

    Multidrug resistance (MDR) remains the biggest challenge in treating cancers. Herein we propose the intracellular self-assembly of nanodrugs as a new strategy for overcoming MDR. By employing a biocompatible condensation reaction, we rationally designed a taxol derivative Ac-Arg-Val-Arg-Arg-Cys(StBu)-Lys(taxol)-2-cyanobenzothiazole (CBT-Taxol) which could be subjected to furin-controlled condensation and self-assembly of taxol nanoparticles (Taxol-NPs). In vitro and in vivo studies indicated that, compared with taxol, CBT-Taxol showed a 4.5-fold or 1.5-fold increase in anti-MDR effects, respectively, on taxol-resistant HCT 116 cancer cells or tumors without being toxic to the cells or the mice. Our results demonstrate that structuring protease-susceptible agents and assembling them intracellularly into nanodrugs could be a new optimal strategy for overcoming MDR.

  6. Intracellular Self-Assembly of Taxol Nanoparticles for Overcoming Multidrug Resistance.

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Lin; Du, Wei; Ding, Zhanling; Zhang, Jia; Han, Tao; An, Linna; Zhang, Huafeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2015-08-10

    Multidrug resistance (MDR) remains the biggest challenge in treating cancers. Herein we propose the intracellular self-assembly of nanodrugs as a new strategy for overcoming MDR. By employing a biocompatible condensation reaction, we rationally designed a taxol derivative Ac-Arg-Val-Arg-Arg-Cys(StBu)-Lys(taxol)-2-cyanobenzothiazole (CBT-Taxol) which could be subjected to furin-controlled condensation and self-assembly of taxol nanoparticles (Taxol-NPs). In vitro and in vivo studies indicated that, compared with taxol, CBT-Taxol showed a 4.5-fold or 1.5-fold increase in anti-MDR effects, respectively, on taxol-resistant HCT 116 cancer cells or tumors without being toxic to the cells or the mice. Our results demonstrate that structuring protease-susceptible agents and assembling them intracellularly into nanodrugs could be a new optimal strategy for overcoming MDR. PMID:26118539

  7. Salt-mediated self-assembly of thioctic acid on gold nanoparticles.

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    Volkert, Anna A; Subramaniam, Varuni; Ivanov, Michael R; Goodman, Amanda M; Haes, Amanda J

    2011-06-28

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) modification is a widely used method to improve the functionality and stability of bulk and nanoscale materials. For instance, the chemical compatibility and utility of solution-phase nanoparticles are often improved using covalently bound SAMs. Herein, solution-phase gold nanoparticles are modified with thioctic acid SAMs in the presence and absence of salt. Molecular packing density on the nanoparticle surfaces is estimated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and increases by ∼20% when molecular self-assembly occurs in the presence versus the absence of salt. We hypothesize that as the ionic strength of the solution increases, pinhole and collapsed-site defects in the SAM are more easily accessible as the electrostatic interaction energy between adjacent molecules decreases, thereby facilitating the subsequent assembly of additional thioctic acid molecules. Significantly, increased SAM packing densities increase the stability of functionalized gold nanoparticles by a factor of 2 relative to nanoparticles functionalized in the absence of salt. These results are expected to improve the reproducible functionalization of solution-phase nanomaterials for various applications. PMID:21524135

  8. Stimuli-Responsive Codelivery of Oligonucleotides and Drugs by Self-Assembled Peptide Nanoparticles.

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    Sigg, Severin J; Postupalenko, Viktoriia; Duskey, Jason T; Palivan, Cornelia G; Meier, Wolfgang

    2016-03-14

    Ever more emerging combined treatments exploiting synergistic effects of drug combinations demand smart, responsive codelivery carriers to reveal their full potential. In this study, a multifunctional stimuli-responsive amphiphilic peptide was designed and synthesized to self-assemble into nanoparticles capable of co-bearing and -releasing hydrophobic drugs and antisense oligonucleotides for combined therapies. The rational design was based on a hydrophobic l-tryptophan-d-leucine repeating unit derived from a truncated sequence of gramicidin A (gT), to entrap hydrophobic cargo, which is combined with a hydrophilic moiety of histidines to provide electrostatic affinity to nucleotides. Stimuli-responsiveness was implemented by linking the hydrophobic and hydrophilic sequence through an artificial amino acid bearing a disulfide functional group (H3SSgT). Stimuli-responsive peptides self-assembled in spherical nanoparticles in sizes (100-200 nm) generally considered as preferable for drug delivery applications. Responsive peptide nanoparticles revealed notable nucleotide condensing abilities while maintaining the ability to load hydrophobic cargo. The disulfide cleavage site introduced in the peptide sequence induced responsiveness to physiological concentrations of reducing agent, serving to release the incorporated molecules. Furthermore, the peptide nanoparticles, singly loaded or coloaded with boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) and/or antisense oligonucleotides, were efficiently taken up by cells. Such amphiphilic peptides that led to noncytotoxic, reduction-responsive nanoparticles capable of codelivering hydrophobic and nucleic acid payloads simultaneously provide potential toward combined treatment strategies to exploit synergistic effects. PMID:26871486

  9. Self-assembled cationic peptide nanoparticles as an efficient antimicrobial agent

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    Liu, Lihong; Xu, Kaijin; Wang, Huaying; Jeremy Tan, P. K.; Fan, Weimin; Venkatraman, Subbu S.; Li, Lanjuan; Yang, Yi-Yan

    2009-07-01

    Antimicrobial cationic peptides are of interest because they can combat multi-drug-resistant microbes. Most peptides form α-helices or β-sheet-like structures that can insert into and subsequently disintegrate negatively charged bacterial cell surfaces. Here, we show that a novel class of core-shell nanoparticles formed by self-assembly of an amphiphilic peptide have strong antimicrobial properties against a range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The nanoparticles show a high therapeutic index against Staphylococcus aureus infection in mice and are more potent than their unassembled peptide counterparts. Using Staphylococcus aureus-infected meningitis rabbits, we show that the nanoparticles can cross the blood-brain barrier and suppress bacterial growth in infected brains. Taken together, these nanoparticles are promising antimicrobial agents that can be used to treat brain infections and other infectious diseases.

  10. Laser driven self-assembly of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles in porous glass

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    Marmugi, L; Burchianti, A; Veronesi, S; Moi, L; Marinelli, C

    2014-01-01

    We observe growth of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles inside a random network of glass nanopores, exposed to low-power laser radiation. Visible laser light plays a dual role: it increases the desorption probability of potassium atoms from the inner glass walls and induces the self-assembly of metastable metallic nanoparticles along the nanopores. By probing the sample transparency and the atomic light-induced desorption flux into the vapour phase, the dynamics of both cluster formation/evaporation and atomic photo-desorption processes are characterized. Results indicate that laser light not only increases the number of nanoparticles embedded in the glass matrix but also influences their structural properties. By properly choosing the laser frequency and the illumination time, we demonstrate that it is possible to tailor the nanoparticles'shape distribution. Furthermore, a deep connection between the macroscopic behaviour of atomic desorption and light-assisted cluster formation is observed. Our result...

  11. Ultra-fast self-assembly and stabilization of reactive nanoparticles in reduced graphene oxide films

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    Chen, Yanan; Egan, Garth C.; Wan, Jiayu; Zhu, Shuze; Jacob, Rohit Jiji; Zhou, Wenbo; Dai, Jiaqi; Wang, Yanbin; Danner, Valencia A.; Yao, Yonggang; Fu, Kun; Wang, Yibo; Bao, Wenzhong; Li, Teng; Zachariah, Michael R.; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-08-01

    Nanoparticles hosted in conductive matrices are ubiquitous in electrochemical energy storage, catalysis and energetic devices. However, agglomeration and surface oxidation remain as two major challenges towards their ultimate utility, especially for highly reactive materials. Here we report uniformly distributed nanoparticles with diameters around 10 nm can be self-assembled within a reduced graphene oxide matrix in 10 ms. Microsized particles in reduced graphene oxide are Joule heated to high temperature (~1,700 K) and rapidly quenched to preserve the resultant nano-architecture. A possible formation mechanism is that microsized particles melt under high temperature, are separated by defects in reduced graphene oxide and self-assemble into nanoparticles on cooling. The ultra-fast manufacturing approach can be applied to a wide range of materials, including aluminium, silicon, tin and so on. One unique application of this technique is the stabilization of aluminium nanoparticles in reduced graphene oxide film, which we demonstrate to have excellent performance as a switchable energetic material.

  12. Manganese Phosphate Self-assembled Nanoparticle Surface and Its application for Superoxide Anion Detection.

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    Shen, Xiaohui; Wang, Qi; Liu, Yuhong; Xue, Wenxiao; Ma, Lie; Feng, Shuaihui; Wan, Mimi; Wang, Fenghe; Mao, Chun

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative analysis of superoxide anion (O2(·-)) has increasing importance considering its potential damages to organism. Herein, a novel Mn-superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) mimics, silica-manganous phosphate (SiO2-Mn3(PO4)2) nanoparticles, were designed and synthesized by surface self-assembly processes that occur on the surface of silica-phytic acid (SiO2-PA) nanoparticles. The composite nanoparticles were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), electron diffraction pattern, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and elemental mapping. Then the electrochemical measurements of O2(·-) based on the incorporation of SiO2-Mn3(PO4)2 onto the surface of electrodes were performed, and some satisfactory results were obtained. This is the first report that manganous phosphate (Mn3(PO4)2) nanoparticles with shape-controlled, but not multilayer sheets, were utilized for O2(·-) detection. The surface self-assembly technology we proposed will offer the ideal material to construct more types biosensor and catalytic system for its nanosized effect. PMID:27357008

  13. Manganese Phosphate Self-assembled Nanoparticle Surface and Its application for Superoxide Anion Detection

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    Shen, Xiaohui; Wang, Qi; Liu, Yuhong; Xue, Wenxiao; Ma, Lie; Feng, Shuaihui; Wan, Mimi; Wang, Fenghe; Mao, Chun

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative analysis of superoxide anion (O2·−) has increasing importance considering its potential damages to organism. Herein, a novel Mn-superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) mimics, silica-manganous phosphate (SiO2-Mn3(PO4)2) nanoparticles, were designed and synthesized by surface self-assembly processes that occur on the surface of silica-phytic acid (SiO2-PA) nanoparticles. The composite nanoparticles were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), electron diffraction pattern, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and elemental mapping. Then the electrochemical measurements of O2·− based on the incorporation of SiO2-Mn3(PO4)2 onto the surface of electrodes were performed, and some satisfactory results were obtained. This is the first report that manganous phosphate (Mn3(PO4)2) nanoparticles with shape-controlled, but not multilayer sheets, were utilized for O2·− detection. The surface self-assembly technology we proposed will offer the ideal material to construct more types biosensor and catalytic system for its nanosized effect. PMID:27357008

  14. Oral insulin delivery by self-assembled chitosan nanoparticles: In vitro and in vivo studies in diabetic animal model

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    We have developed self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticles for successful oral insulin delivery. The main purpose of our study is to prepare chitosan/insulin nanoparticles by self-assembly method, to characterize them and to evaluate their efficiency in vivo diabetic model. The size and morphology of the nanoparticles were analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The average particle size ranged from 200 to 550 nm, with almost spherical or sub spherical shape. An average insulin encapsulation within the nanoparticles was ∼ 85%. In vitro release study showed that the nanoparticles were also efficient in retaining good amount of insulin in simulated gastric condition, while significant amount of insulin release was noticed in simulated intestinal condition. The oral administrations of chitosan/insulin nanoparticles were effective in lowering the blood glucose level of alloxan-induced diabetic mice. Thus, self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticles show promising effects as potential insulin carrier system in animal models. Highlights: ► Self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticle preparation. ► Almost spherical or sub-spherical nanoparticles observed under microscope. ► Good insulin encapsulation of the nanoparticles. ► Nanoparticles reduced blood glucose level significantly in diabetic mice.

  15. Oral insulin delivery by self-assembled chitosan nanoparticles: In vitro and in vivo studies in diabetic animal model

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    Mukhopadhyay, Piyasi; Sarkar, Kishor [Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata-700009, University of Calcutta (India); Chakraborty, Mousumi; Bhattacharya, Sourav; Mishra, Roshnara [Department of Physiology, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata-700009, University of Calcutta (India); Kundu, P.P., E-mail: ppk923@yahoo.com [Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata-700009, University of Calcutta (India)

    2013-01-01

    We have developed self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticles for successful oral insulin delivery. The main purpose of our study is to prepare chitosan/insulin nanoparticles by self-assembly method, to characterize them and to evaluate their efficiency in vivo diabetic model. The size and morphology of the nanoparticles were analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The average particle size ranged from 200 to 550 nm, with almost spherical or sub spherical shape. An average insulin encapsulation within the nanoparticles was {approx} 85%. In vitro release study showed that the nanoparticles were also efficient in retaining good amount of insulin in simulated gastric condition, while significant amount of insulin release was noticed in simulated intestinal condition. The oral administrations of chitosan/insulin nanoparticles were effective in lowering the blood glucose level of alloxan-induced diabetic mice. Thus, self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticles show promising effects as potential insulin carrier system in animal models. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Self-assembled chitosan/insulin nanoparticle preparation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Almost spherical or sub-spherical nanoparticles observed under microscope. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good insulin encapsulation of the nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoparticles reduced blood glucose level significantly in diabetic mice.

  16. Self-assembled liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles for in vitro controlled release of doxorubicin.

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    Misra, Rahul; Mohanty, Sanat

    2015-02-01

    Liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles are ordered in structure which offers several advantages like high encapsulation of drugs, controlled release rates, biocompatible in nature. Moreover, it facilitates the cellular uptake of nanodrugs without any extra step of folate ligand based targeting. The size of these nanocarriers as well as the release profiles of drugs from these nano-carriers can be controlled precisely. Folate molecules self-assemble in ordered stacks and columns even at low concentration of 0.1wt%. Doxorubicin molecules get intercalated within the folate stacks and are developed into nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are composed of highly ordered folate self-assembly which encapsulate doxorubicin molecules. These drug molecules can be released in a controlled manner by disrupting this assembly in the environment of monovalent cations. The ordered structure of folate nanoparticles offers low drug losses of about 4-5%, which is significant in itself. This study reports the size-control method of forming doxorubicin encapsulated folate nanoparticles as well as the parameters to control the release rates of doxorubicin through liquid-crystalline folate nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that doxorubicin release rates can be controlled by controlling the size of the nanoparticles, cross-linking cation and cross-linking concentration. The effect of different factors like drug loading, release medium, and pH of the medium on doxorubicin release rates was also studied. Moreover, this study also addresses the comparative in vitro cytotoxic performance of Doxorubicin loaded folate nanoparticles and cellular uptake of nano-carriers on cancer and normal cell line. PMID:25661378

  17. Self-Assembly of Octopus Nanoparticles into Pre-Programmed Finite Clusters

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    Halverson, Jonathan; Tkachenko, Alexei

    2012-02-01

    The precise control of the spatial arrangement of nanoparticles (NP) is often required to take full advantage of their novel optical and electronic properties. NPs have been shown to self-assemble into crystalline structures using either patchy surface regions or complementary DNA strands to direct the assembly. Due to a lack of specificity of the interactions these methods lead to only a limited number of structures. An emerging approach is to bind ssDNA at specific sites on the particle surface making so-called octopus NPs. Using octopus NPs we investigate the inverse problem of the self-assembly of finite clusters. That is, for a given target cluster (e.g., arranging the NPs on the vertices of a dodecahedron) what are the minimum number of complementary DNA strands needed for the robust self-assembly of the cluster from an initially homogeneous NP solution? Based on the results of Brownian dynamics simulations we have compiled a set of design rules for various target clusters including cubes, pyramids, dodecahedrons and truncated icosahedrons. Our approach leads to control over the kinetic pathway and has demonstrated nearly perfect yield of the target.

  18. Cooperative Self-Assembly Transfer from Hierarchical Supramolecular Polymers to Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Coelho, João Paulo; Tardajos, Gloria; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Rödle, Alexander; Fernández, Gustavo; Guerrero-Martínez, Andrés

    2015-11-24

    The transfer of information encoded by molecular subcomponents is a key phenomenon that regulates the biological inheritance in living organisms, yet there is a lack of understanding of related transfer mechanisms at the supramolecular level in artificial multicomponent systems. Our contribution to tackle this challenge has focused on the design of a thiolated π-conjugated linking unit, whose hierarchical, cooperative self-assembly in nonpolar media can be efficiently transferred from the molecular to the nanoscopic level, thereby enabling the reversible self-assembly of gold nanoparticle (AuNP) clusters. The transfer of supramolecular information by the linking π-system can only take place when a specific cooperative nucleation-elongation mechanism is operative, whereas low-ordered noncooperative assemblies formed below a critical concentration do not suffice to extend the order to the AuNP level. To the best of our knowledge, our approach has allowed for the first time a deep analysis of the hierarchy levels and thermodynamics involved in the self-assembly of AuNPs.

  19. Nanoparticle Self-Assembly in a Polymer Matrix and Its Impact on Phase Separation

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    Douglas, Jack

    2011-03-01

    The ubiquitous clustering of nanoparticles (NPs) in solutions and polymer melts depends sensitively on the strength and directionality of the effective NP-NP interactions, as well as on the molecular geometry and interactions of the dispersing fluid. Surface functionalization apparently can also lead to emergent anisotropic interactions that can influence NP dispersion. Since NP clustering can strongly influence the properties of polymer nanocomposites and NP solutions, we investigate the reversible self-assembly of model NPs into clusters under equilibrium conditions through a combination of simulation and analytic methods. First, we performed molecular dynamics simulations of polyhedral NPs in a coarse-grained dense bead--spring polymer melt and find a transition from a dispersed to clustered NP state, consistent with the thermodynamic models of equilibrium particle association such as equilibrium polymerization. We also describe the competition between self-assembly and phase separation in an analytic lattice model of a mixture of polymers and NPs. We then focus on the particularly interesting situation where the associating ``monomeric'' NP species form high molecular mass dynamic polymeric clusters and where the assembly process then transforms the phase boundary from a form typical of a polymer solution to one that more resembles a polymer blend with increasing association near the critical point for phase separation. The model calculations elucidate basic physical principles governing the coupling of self-assembly and phase behavior in these complex mixtures.

  20. An unusual role of folate in the self-assembly of heparin-folate conjugates into nanoparticles

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    Wang, Jianquan; Ma, Daoshuang; Lu, Qian; Wu, Shaoxiong; Lee, Gee Young; Lane, Lucas A.; Li, Bin; Quan, Li; Wang, Yiqing; Nie, Shuming

    2015-09-01

    Tumor targeting agents including antibodies, peptides, and small molecules, are often used to improve the delivery efficiency of nanoparticles. Despite numerous studies investigating the abilities of targeting agents to increase the accumulation of nanosized therapeutics within diseased tissues, little attention has been focused on how these ligands can affect the self-assembly of the nanoparticle's modified polymer constituents upon chemical conjugation. Here we present an actively tumor targeted nanoparticle constructed via the self-assembly of a folate modified heparin. Folate conjugation unexpectedly allowed the self-assembly of heparin, where a majority of the folate molecules (>80%) resided inside the core of the nanoparticle. The folate-heparin nanoparticles could also physically encapsulate lipophilic fluorescent dyes, enabling the use of the constructs as activatable fluorescent probes for targeted in vivo tumor imaging.Tumor targeting agents including antibodies, peptides, and small molecules, are often used to improve the delivery efficiency of nanoparticles. Despite numerous studies investigating the abilities of targeting agents to increase the accumulation of nanosized therapeutics within diseased tissues, little attention has been focused on how these ligands can affect the self-assembly of the nanoparticle's modified polymer constituents upon chemical conjugation. Here we present an actively tumor targeted nanoparticle constructed via the self-assembly of a folate modified heparin. Folate conjugation unexpectedly allowed the self-assembly of heparin, where a majority of the folate molecules (>80%) resided inside the core of the nanoparticle. The folate-heparin nanoparticles could also physically encapsulate lipophilic fluorescent dyes, enabling the use of the constructs as activatable fluorescent probes for targeted in vivo tumor imaging. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: NMR spectra and fluorescent images of HF-488 with cancer

  1. Self-assembled nanoparticles based on hydrophobically modified chitosan as carriers for doxorubicin.

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    Zhang, Jing; Chen, Xi Guang; Li, Yan Yan; Liu, Cheng Sheng

    2007-12-01

    In this study self-assembled nanoparticles based on oleoyl-chitosan (OCH) were prepared with a mean diameter of 255.3 nm and an almost spherical shape. The toxicity profile of OCH nanoparticles was evaluated in vitro via hemolysis test and MTT assay. The hemolysis rates of OCH nanoparticles tested in different conditions came well within permissible limits (5%). The OCH nanoparticles showed no cytotoxicity to mouse embryo fibroblasts. Doxorubicin (DOX) was efficiently loaded into OCH nanoparticles with an encapsulation efficiency of 52.6%. The drug was rapidly and completely released from the nanoparticles (DOX-OCH nanoparticles) at pH 3.8, whereas at pH 7.4 there was a sustained release after a burst release. The inhibitory rates of DOX-OCH nanoparticle suspension to different human cancer cells (A549, Bel-7402, HeLa, and SGC-7901) significantly outperformed that of DOX solution. These results revealed the potential of OCH nanoparticles as carriers for hydrophobic antitumor agents.

  2. Preparation and Self-assembly of Zirconia Nanoparticles via Hydrothermal Method

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    LI Guang-Hui; HONG Zhang-Lian; YANG Hui

    2008-01-01

    Zirconia nanoparticles were synthesized via hydrothermal method without any additives. This work focuses on the effect of preparation conditions such as the precursor preparation condition and crystallization time of nanocrystallite in autoclave on the properties of as-prepared products. The results indicated that the amount of tetragonal zirconia varied with the preparation conditions. It increased with the increase of the concentration of KOH solution in precursor producing process and reduced with the prolongation of crystallization time. At the same time, the particle size and morphology were also affected by the preparation conditions. In addition,the self-assembled spindle- like aggregates were observed in present works.

  3. Reduced in vivo toxicity of doxorubicin by encapsulation in cholesterol-containing self-assembled nanoparticles.

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    Gonzalez-Fajardo, Laura; Mahajan, Lalit H; Ndaya, Dennis; Hargrove, Derek; Manautou, José E; Liang, Bruce T; Chen, Ming-Hui; Kasi, Rajeswari M; Lu, Xiuling

    2016-05-01

    We previously reported the development of an amphiphilic brush-like block copolymer composed of polynorbornene-cholesterol/polyethylene glycol (P(NBCh9-b-NBPEG)) that self-assembles in aqueous media to form long circulating nanostructures capable of encapsulating doxorubicin (DOX-NPs). Biodistribution studies showed that this formulation preferentially accumulates in tumor tissue with markedly reduced accumulation in the heart and other major organs. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the in vivo efficacy and toxicity of DOX containing self-assembled polymer nanoparticles in a mouse xenograft tumor model and compare its effects with the hydrochloride non-encapsulated form (free DOX). DOX-NPs significantly reduced the growth of tumors without inducing any apparent toxicity. Conversely, mice treated with free DOX exhibited significant weight loss, early toxic cardiomyopathy, acute toxic hepatopathy, reduced hematopoiesis and fatal toxicity. The improved safety profile of the polymeric DOX-NPs can be explained by the low circulating concentration of non-nanoparticle-associated drug as well as the reduced accumulation of DOX in non-target organs. These findings support the use of P(NBCh9-b-NBPEG) nanoparticles as delivery platforms for hydrophobic anticancer drugs intended to reduce the toxicity of conventional treatments.

  4. Self-assembled gold nanoparticles on functionalized gold(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    PENG, Zhang-Quan; WANG, Er-Kang

    2000-01-01

    Nanogold colloidal solutions are prepared by the reduction of HAuClO4 with sodium citrate and sodium borohydride. 4- Aminothiophenol (ATP) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are formed on gold(111) surface, on which gold nanoparticles are immobilized and a sub-monolayer of the particles appears. This sub-monolayer of gold nanoparticles is characterized with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and a dual energy barrier tunneling model is proposed to explain the imgeability of the gold nanoparticles by STM. This model can also be used to construct multiple energy barrier structure on solid/ liquid interface and to evaluate the electron transport ability of some organic monolayers with the aid of electrochemical method.

  5. Self-assembled nanoparticles of glycol chitosan – Ergocalciferol succinate conjugate, for controlled release

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    Quinones, Javier Perez; Gothelf, Kurt Vesterager; Kjems, Jørgen;

    2012-01-01

    Glycol chitosan was linked to vitamin D2 hemisuccinate (ergocalciferol hemisuccinate) for controlled release through water-soluble carbodiimide activation. The resulting conjugate formed self-assembled nanoparticles in aqueous solution with particle size of 279 nm and ergocalciferol hemisuccinate...... content of 8.4% (w/w). Almost spherical 50–90 nm nanoparticles were observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy upon drying. Drug linking to glycol chitosan was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and proton NMR. Particles were also characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and wide......-angle X-ray diffraction studies. In vitro vitamin D2 release studies performed in water at acid pH indicated a drug release dependence on the solution acidity. Almost constant release rate was observed during the first 8 h. These results indicate that the obtained nanoparticles could be good candidates...

  6. Self-assembled nanoparticles of cholesterol-conjugated carboxymethyl curdlan as a novel carrier of epirubicin

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    Li, Lei; Gao, Fu-ping; Tang, Hong-bo; Bai, Yong-gang; Li, Rui-feng; Li, Xue-min; Liu, Ling-rong; Wang, Yin-song; Zhang, Qi-qing

    2010-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop nanoparticles made of cholesterol-conjugated carboxymethyl curdlan (CCMC) entrapping epirubicin (EPB) and establish their in vitro and in vivo potential. CCMC was synthesized and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra (1H NMR). The degrees of substitution (DS) of the cholesterol moiety were 2.3, 3.5 and 6.4, respectively. EPB-loaded CCMC-3.5 nanoparticles were prepared by the remote loading method. The physicochemical characteristics, drug loading efficiency and drug release kinetics of EPB-loaded CCMC-3.5 nanoparticles were characterized. The in vitro release profiles revealed that EPB release was sensitive to the pH as well as the drug loading contents. The cellular cytotoxicity and cellular uptake were accessed by using human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) cells. The EPB-loaded CCMC-3.5 nanoparticles were found to be more cytotoxic and have a broader distribution within the cells than the free EPB. The in vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution were investigated after intravenous injection in rats. Promisingly, a 4.0-fold increase in the mean residence time (MRT), a 4.31-fold increase in the half-life time and a 6.69-fold increase in the area under the curve (\\mathrm {AUC}_{0 \\to \\infty }) of EPB were achieved for the EPB-loaded CCMC-3.5 self-assembled nanoparticles compared with the free EPB. The drug level was significantly increased in liver at 24 and 72 h however, it decreased in heart at 8 and 24 h compared with the free EPB. The in vivo anti-tumor study indicated that the EPB-loaded CCMC-3.5 self-assembled nanoparticles showed greater anti-tumor efficacy than the free EPB. Taken together, the novel CCMC self-assembled nanoparticles might have potential application as anti-cancer drug carriers in a drug delivery system due to good results in vitro and in vivo.

  7. Self-assembly Polyrotaxanes Nanoparticles as Carriers for Anticancer Drug Methotrexate Delivery

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    Longgui Zhang; Ting Su; Bin He; Zhongwei Gu∗

    2014-01-01

    α-Cyclodextrin/poly(ethylene glycol) (α-CD/PEG) polyrotaxane nanoparticles were prepared via a self-assembly method. Anticancer drug methotrexate (MTX) was loaded in the nanoparticles. The interaction between MTX and polyrotaxane was investigated. The formation, morphology, drug release and in vitro anticancer activity of the MTX loaded polyrotaxane nanoparticles were studied. The results show that the MTX could be efficiently absorbed on the nanoparticles, and hydrogen bonds were formed between MTX andα-CDs. The typical channel-type stacking assembly style of polyrotaxane nanoparticles was changed after MTX was loaded. The mean diameter of drug loaded polyrotaxane nanoparticles were around 200 nm and the drug loading content was as high as about 20%. Drug release profiles show that most of the loaded MTX was released within 8 hours and the cumulated release rate was as high as 98%. The blank polyrotaxane nanoparticles were nontoxicity to cells. The in vitro anticancer activity of the MTX loaded polyrotaxane nanoparticles was higher than that of free MTX.

  8. Improved insulin loading in poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles upon self-assembly with lipids

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    Garcia Diaz, Maria; Foged, Camilla; Nielsen, Hanne Mørck

    2015-01-01

    of insulin into poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles by pre-assembly with amphiphilic lipids. Insulin was complexed with soybean phosphatidylcholine or sodium caprate by self-assembly and subsequently loaded into PLGA nanoparticles by using the double emulsion-solvent evaporation technique...

  9. From Polymeric Nanoparticles to Dye-containing Photonic Crystals:Synthesis,Self-assembling,Optical Features, Possible Applications

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    A.V.Yakimansky; A.Yu.Menshikova; N.N.Shevchenko; A.G.Bazhenova; S.K.Sazonov; A.I.Vedernikov; S.P.Gromov; V.A.Sazhnikov; M.V.Alfimov

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Self-assembling of monodisperse polymeric nanoparticles is a perspective method of obtaining photonic crystalline materials for optoelectronics,telecommunication industry and optosensorics.For tuning optical characteristics of photonic crystals it is advisable to functionalize nanoparticles by dyes absorbing or emitting light in the vicinity of the photonic band gap,which position depends on the nanoparticle diameter.To prepare monodisperse nanoparticles with the dye-functionalyzed surface emu...

  10. Controlled synthesis of pompon-like self-assemblies of Pd nanoparticles under microwave irradiation

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    Pd nanoparticles with uniform, self-assembled pompon-like nanostructure were synthesized by thermal decomposition of palladium acetate under microwave irradiation with methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) as a solvent in the presence of a little amount of ethylene glycol (EG) and KOH without using any special stabilizers. The as-synthesized Pd nano-pompons were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. The results show that the as-prepared Pd nano-pompons with the average diameters in the range of 28-81 nm were self-assemblies organized by hundreds of smaller primary nanoparticles with an average dimension of about 2.4 nm. The sizes of Pd nano-pompons can be well controlled by adjusting the concentration of palladium acetate. A little amount of EG and KOH also plays an important role in controlling the size, uniformity and dispersion of Pd nano-pompons. The Pd nano-pompons can be easily supported on γ-Al2O3 and their catalytic activity was examined preliminarily.

  11. Bio-inspired Structural Colors from Deposition of Synthetic Melanin Nanoparticles by Evaporative Self-assembly

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    Xiao, Ming; Li, Yiwen; Deheyn, Dimitri; Yue, Xiujun; Gianneschi, Nathan; Shawkey, Matthew; Dhinojwala, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Melanin, a ubiquitous black or brown pigment in the animal kingdom, is a unique but poorly understood biomaterial. Many bird feathers contain melanosomes (melanin-containing organelles), which pack into ordered nanostructures, like multilayer or two-dimensional photonic crystal structures, to produce structural colors. To understand the optical properties of melanin and how melanosomes assemble into certain structures to produce colors, we prepared synthetic melanin (polydopamine) particles with variable sizes and aspect ratios. We have characterized the absorption and refractive index of the synthetic melanin particles. We have also shown that we can use an evaporative process to self-assemble melanin films with a wide range of colors. The colors obtained using this technique is modeled using a thin-film interference model and the optical properties of the synthetic melanin nanoparticles. Our results on self-assembly of synthetic melanin nanoparticles provide an explanation as why the use of melanosomes to produce colors is prevalent in the animal kingdom. National science foundation, air force office of scientific research, human frontier science program.

  12. Changing the magnetic properties of microstructure by directing the self-assembly of superparamagnetic nanoparticles.

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    Ghosh, Suvojit; Puri, Ishwar K

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in a liquid dispersion can be organized through controlled self-assembly by applying an external magnetic field that regulates inter-particle interactions. Thus, micro- and nanostructures of desired morphology and superlattice geometry that show emergent magnetic properties can be fabricated. We describe how superferromagnetism, which is a specific type of emergence, can be produced. Here, superparamagnetic nanoparticles that show no individual residual magnetization are organized into structures with substantial residual magnetization that behave as miniature permanent magnets. We investigate the emergence of superferromagnetism in an idealized system consisting of two MNPs, by considering the influence that interparticle magnetostatic interactions have on the dynamics of the magnetic moments. We use this model to illustrate the design principles for self-assembly in terms of the choice of material and MNP particle size. We simulate the dynamics of the interacting magnetic moments by applying the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation to verify our principles. The findings enable a method to pattern material magnetization with submicron resolution, a useful feature that has potential applications for magnetic recording and microfluidic particle traps. The analysis also yields useful empirical generalizations that could facilitate other theoretical developments. PMID:25941973

  13. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Univ. Politecnica de Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J.; Gamboa, S.A.; Joseph, S. [Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Morelos (Mexico). Centrode Investigacion en Energia; Pal, U. [Univ. Autonoma de Puebla, Pue (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

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    This paper described the synthesis and characterization of gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and Au-Pt nanoparticles impregnated on a Nafion membrane in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The aim of the study was to fabricate the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) by depositing the nanoparticles on the membrane using an immersion technique. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to study the deposition process. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to study the membrane proton conduction process. An elemental mapping analysis was performed in order to study the location of the Au and Pt in the self-assemblies. Results of the study showed that the particles deposited on the Nafion had good stability and a homogenous distribution along the membrane surface. The particles showed a direct relation in size and location with the hydrophilic and hydrophobic distribution phases of the membrane. The main membrane resistance was located between the membrane and the electrolyte. The self-assembled electrodes demonstrated a good performance at standard conditions. 33 refs., 4 tabs., 11 figs.

  14. Electrostatic Self-Assembly of Soft Matter Nanoparticle Cocrystals with Tunable Lattice Parameters.

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    Liljeström, Ville; Seitsonen, Jani; Kostiainen, Mauri A

    2015-11-24

    Atomic crystal structure affects the electromagnetic and thermal properties of common matter. Similarly, the nanoscale structure controls the properties of higher length-scale metamaterials, for example, nanoparticle superlattices and photonic crystals. Electrostatic self-assembly of oppositely charged nanoparticles has recently become a convenient way to produce crystalline nanostructures. However, understanding and controlling the assembly of soft nonmetallic particle crystals with long-range translational order remains a major challenge. Here, we show the electrostatic self-assembly of binary soft particle cocrystals, consisting of apoferritin protein cages and poly(amidoamine) dendrimers (PAMAM), with very large crystal domain sizes. A systematic series of PAMAM dendrimers with generations from two to seven were used to produce the crystals, which showed a dendrimer generation dependency on the crystal structure and lattice constant. The systematic approach presented here offers a transition from trial-and-error experiments to a fundamental understanding and control over the nanostructure. The structure and stability of soft particle cocrystals are of major relevance for applications where a high degree of structural control is required, for example, protein-based mesoporous materials, nanoscale multicompartments, and metamaterials. PMID:26497975

  15. Effect of self-assembly of fullerene nano-particles on lipid membrane.

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    Full Text Available Carbon nanoparticles can penetrate the cell membrane and cause cytotoxicity. The diffusion feature and translocation free energy of fullerene through lipid membranes is well reported. However, the knowledge on self-assembly of fullerenes and resulting effects on lipid membrane is poorly addressed. In this work, the self-assembly of fullerene nanoparticles and the resulting influence on the dioleoylphosphtidylcholine (DOPC model membrane were studied by using all-atom molecular dynamics simulations with explicit solvents. Our simulation results confirm that gathered small fullerene cluster can invade lipid membrane. Simulations show two pathways: 1 assembly process is completely finished before penetration; 2 assembly process coincides with penetration. Simulation results also demonstrate that in the membrane interior, fullerene clusters tend to stay at the position which is 1.0 nm away from the membrane center. In addition, the diverse microscopic stacking mode (i.e., equilateral triangle, tetrahedral pentahedral, trigonal bipyramid and octahedron of these small fullerene clusters are well characterized. Thus our simulations provide a detailed high-resolution characterization of the microscopic structures of the small fullerene clusters. Further, we found the gathered small fullerene clusters have significant adverse disturbances to the local structure of the membrane, but no great influence on the global integrity of the lipid membrane, which suggests the prerequisite of high-content fullerene for cytotoxicity.

  16. Shape-controlled synthesis of cubic-like selenium nanoparticles via the self-assembly method.

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    Luesakul, Urarika; Komenek, Seamkwan; Puthong, Songchan; Muangsin, Nongnuj

    2016-11-20

    The ability to control the morphology of nanoparticles by molecular design and synthesis is gaining increasing attention for achieving improved unique properties. In this work, we designed the chemical structure of a stabilizer for controlling the shape of selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) via a self-assembly process. When folic acid-gallic acid-N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (FA-GA-TMC) was used as a stabilizer, SeNPs were observed to self-organize into cubic-like structures with an average size of approximately 300nm. In contrast to the product obtained when unmodified chitosan was used as a stabilizer, this method resulted in spherical shape with an average size of approximately 200nm. The data suggested that the cubic-like SeNPs were controlled by a combination of electrostatic interaction, π-π stacking and hydrogen bonding between neighboring particles. Furthermore, the cubic-like SeNPs exhibited good anticancer efficacy and cellular uptake against breast cancer cells while exhibiting low toxicity against normal cells. These data demonstrates a simple approach for the shape-controlled synthesis of cubic-like SeNPs for biological applications via the self-assembly method. PMID:27561515

  17. Self-assembly of molecule-like nanoparticle clusters directed by DNA nanocages.

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    Li, Yulin; Liu, Zhiyu; Yu, Guimei; Jiang, Wen; Mao, Chengde

    2015-04-01

    Analogous to the atom-molecule relationship, nanoparticle (NP) clusters (or NP-molecules) with defined compositions and directional bonds could potentially integrate the properties of the component individual NPs, leading to emergent properties. Despite extensive efforts in this direction, no general approach is available for assembly of such NP-molecules. Here we report a general method for building this type of structures by encapsulating NPs into self-assembled DNA polyhedral wireframe nanocages, which serve as guiding agents for further assembly. As a demonstration, a series of NP-molecules have been assembled and validated. Such NP-molecules will, we believe, pave a way to explore new nanomaterials with emergent functions/properties that are related to, but do not belong to the individual component nanoparticles.

  18. Self-assembly of noble metal monolayers on transition metal carbide nanoparticle catalysts.

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    Hunt, Sean T; Milina, Maria; Alba-Rubio, Ana C; Hendon, Christopher H; Dumesic, James A; Román-Leshkov, Yuriy

    2016-05-20

    We demonstrated the self-assembly of transition metal carbide nanoparticles coated with atomically thin noble metal monolayers by carburizing mixtures of noble metal salts and transition metal oxides encapsulated in removable silica templates. This approach allows for control of the final core-shell architecture, including particle size, monolayer coverage, and heterometallic composition. Carbon-supported Ti(0.1)W(0.9)C nanoparticles coated with Pt or bimetallic PtRu monolayers exhibited enhanced resistance to sintering and CO poisoning, achieving an order of magnitude increase in specific activity over commercial catalysts for methanol electrooxidation after 10,000 cycles. These core-shell materials provide a new direction to reduce the loading, enhance the activity, and increase the stability of noble metal catalysts.

  19. Self-assembled silk fibroin nanoparticles loaded with binary drugs in the treatment of breast carcinoma.

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    Li, Hui; Tian, Jian; Wu, Anqing; Wang, Jiamin; Ge, Cuicui; Sun, Ziling

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled nanoparticles of the natural polymer, silk fibroin (SF), are a very promising candidate in drug delivery due to their biocompatible and biodegradable properties. In this study, SF nanoparticles loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and curcumin with size 217±0.4 nm and with a loading efficacy of 45% and 15% for 5-FU and curcumin, respectively, were prepared. The in vitro release effect of 5-FU and curcumin from nanoparticles was evaluated as ~100% and ~5%, respectively. It has been revealed that the application of such a nanodrug can increase the level of reactive oxygen species, which in turn induces apoptosis of cancer cells in vitro. Animal studies have shown that tumors could be noticeably reduced after being injected with the drug-entrapped nanoparticles. More apoptotic cells were found after 7 days of treatment with SF nanoparticles by a hematoxylin-eosin staining assay. These results demonstrate the future potential of nanoparticle-loaded binary drugs in the treatment of breast cancer. PMID:27621628

  20. Fluorescence enhancement in large-scale self-assembled gold nanoparticle double arrays

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    Chekini, M.; Bierwagen, J.; Cunningham, A.; Bürgi, T., E-mail: Thomas.Buergi@unige.ch [Département de Chimie Physique, Université de Genève, 1211 Genève (Switzerland); Filter, R. [Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Rockstuhl, C. [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Theoretical Solid State Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2015-12-21

    Localized surface plasmon resonances excited in metallic nanoparticles confine and enhance electromagnetic fields at the nanoscale. This is particularly pronounced in dimers made from two closely spaced nanoparticles. When quantum emitters, such as dyes, are placed in the gap of those dimers, their absorption and emission characteristics can be modified. Both processes have to be considered when aiming to enhance the fluorescence from the quantum emitters. This is particularly challenging for dimers, since the electromagnetic properties and the enhanced fluorescence sensitively depend on the distance between the nanoparticles. Here, we use a layer-by-layer method to precisely control the distances in such systems. We consider a dye layer deposited on top of an array of gold nanoparticles or integrated into a central position of a double array of gold nanoparticles. We study the effect of the spatial arrangement and the average distance on the plasmon-enhanced fluorescence. We found a maximum of a 99-fold increase in the fluorescence intensity of the dye layer sandwiched between two gold nanoparticle arrays. The interaction of the dye layer with the plasmonic system also causes a spectral shift in the emission wavelengths and a shortening of the fluorescence life times. Our work paves the way for large-scale, high throughput, and low-cost self-assembled functionalized plasmonic systems that can be used as efficient light sources.

  1. Self-assembling Polypeptide Nanoparticles: Design, Synthesis, Biophysical Characterization and Biomedical Applications

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    Inspired by the architecture of icosahedral viruses, self-assembling polypeptide nanoparticles (SAPN) with icosahedral symmetry were developed. The building block for the SAPN was a single polypeptide chain. Similarly, the capsid of quite a few small viruses are built from one single peptide chain. The polypeptide chain of the SAPN consists of a pentameric coiled-coil domain at the N-terminus joined by a short linker segment to a trimeric coiled-coil domain at the C-terminus. Here we have studied factors governing self-assembly of the SAPN such as linker constitution and trimer length. The interdomain linker 2i88 afforded the most homogenous nanoparticles as verified by TEM and DLS. Furthermore, AUC and STEM analyses suggest that the nanoparticles formed using the linker 2i88 have a T=3-like architecture confirming computer modeling predictions. As for trimer length, we have shown that it is possible to synthesize SAPN with a trimer that is as short as only 17 amino acids. Given that the N-terminus and C-terminus of the SAPN can be extended to include epitopes and give rise to a repetitive antigen display system, vaccine applications of the SAPN were also investigated here. We grafted parts of the SARS virus' spike protein onto our SAPN to repetitively display this B-cell epitope. Biophysical characterization showed that single nanoparticles of the expected size range were formed. Immunization experiments in mice at University of Colorado Denver revealed that the antibodies elicited were conformation-specific. Moreover, the antibodies significantly inhibited SARS virus infection of Vero E6 cells. SAPN were also functionalized at the C-terminus with a B-cell epitope from the circumsporozoite protein (CSP) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and at the N-terminus with CTL epitopes from CSP. The trimeric coiled-coil domains of these malaria SAPN were modified to include a HTL epitope. Even will all these modifications, self-assembly occurred as confirmed by

  2. Pectin-lipid self-assembly: influence on the formation of polyhydroxy fatty acids nanoparticles.

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    Susana Guzman-Puyol

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles, named cutinsomes, have been prepared from aleuritic (9,10,16-trihidroxipalmitic acid and tomato fruit cutin monomers (a mixture of mainly 9(10,16-dihydroxypalmitic acid (85%, w/w and 16-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid (7.5%, w/w with pectin in aqueous solution. The process of formation of the nanoparticles of aleuritic acid plus pectin has been monitored by UV-Vis spectrophotometry, while their chemical and morphological characterization was analyzed by ATR-FTIR, TEM, and non-contact AFM. The structure of these nanoparticles can be described as a lipid core with a pectin shell. Pectin facilitated the formation of nanoparticles, by inducing their aggregation in branched chains and favoring the condensation between lipid monomers. Also, pectin determined the self-assembly of cutinsomes on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG surfaces, causing their opening and forming interconnected structures. In the case of cutin monomers, the nanoparticles are fused, and the condensation of the hydroxy fatty acids is strongly affected by the presence of the polysaccharide. The interaction of pectin with polyhydroxylated fatty acids could be related to an initial step in the formation of the plant biopolyester cutin.

  3. Pectin-Lipid Self-Assembly: Influence on the Formation of Polyhydroxy Fatty Acids Nanoparticles

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    Guzman-Puyol, Susana; Benítez, José Jesús; Domínguez, Eva; Bayer, Ilker Sefik; Cingolani, Roberto; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Heredia, Antonio; Heredia-Guerrero, José Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    Nanoparticles, named cutinsomes, have been prepared from aleuritic (9,10,16-trihidroxipalmitic) acid and tomato fruit cutin monomers (a mixture of mainly 9(10),16-dihydroxypalmitic acid (85%, w/w) and 16-hydroxyhexadecanoic acid (7.5%, w/w)) with pectin in aqueous solution. The process of formation of the nanoparticles of aleuritic acid plus pectin has been monitored by UV-Vis spectrophotometry, while their chemical and morphological characterization was analyzed by ATR-FTIR, TEM, and non-contact AFM. The structure of these nanoparticles can be described as a lipid core with a pectin shell. Pectin facilitated the formation of nanoparticles, by inducing their aggregation in branched chains and favoring the condensation between lipid monomers. Also, pectin determined the self-assembly of cutinsomes on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surfaces, causing their opening and forming interconnected structures. In the case of cutin monomers, the nanoparticles are fused, and the condensation of the hydroxy fatty acids is strongly affected by the presence of the polysaccharide. The interaction of pectin with polyhydroxylated fatty acids could be related to an initial step in the formation of the plant biopolyester cutin. PMID:25915490

  4. Immobilization of uricase enzyme on self-assembled gold nanoparticles for application in uric acid biosensor.

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    Ahuja, T; Tanwar, V K; Mishra, S K; Kumar, D; Biradar, A M; Rajesh

    2011-06-01

    An enzyme immobilization matrix is described by preparing a self-assembly of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) over a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) on an indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass plate. The surface of the GNPs was modified with a mixed (1:9) SAM of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) and 3-mercapto-propionic acid (MPA). The enzyme, uricase was covalently immobilized to the carboxyl groups of the mixed SAM of MUA/MPA through carbodiimide coupling reaction. The whole assembly was constructed on 1 cm2 area of ITO-glass plate and was tested as an amperometric biosensor for the detection of uric acid in aqueous solution. The biosensor assembly was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemical techniques. The AFM of the enzyme biosensor assembly reveals an asymmetrical sharp regular island-like structure with an average roughness parameter value of 2.81 nm. Chronoamperometric response was measured as a function of uric acid concentration in aqueous solution (pH 7.4), which exhibits a linear response over a concentration range of 0.07 to 0.63 mM with a sensitivity of 19.27 microAmM(-1) and a response of 25 s with excellent reproducibility. These results are not influenced by the presence of interfering reagents such as ascorbic acid, urea and glucose. GNPs-biomolecule assemblies constructed using this method may facilitate development of new hybrid biosensing materials. PMID:21770094

  5. Predicting Chiral Nanostructures, Lattices and Superlattices in Complex Multicomponent Nanoparticle Self-Assembly

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    2012-06-13

    "Bottom up" type nanoparticle (NP) self-assembly is expected to provide facile routes to nanostructured materials for various, for example, energy related, applications. Despite progress in simulations and theories, structure prediction of self-assembled materials beyond simple model systems remains challenging. Here we utilize a field theory approach for predicting nanostructure of complex and multicomponent hybrid systems with multiple types of short- and long-range interactions. We propose design criteria for controlling a range of NP based nanomaterial structures. In good agreement with recent experiments, the theory predicts that ABC triblock terpolymer directed assemblies with ligand-stabilized NPs can lead to chiral NP network structures. Furthermore, we predict that long-range Coulomb interactions between NPs leading to simple NP lattices, when applied to NP/block copolymer (BCP) assemblies, induce NP superlattice formation within the phase separated BCP nanostructure, a strategy not yet realized experimentally. We expect such superlattices to be of increasing interest to communities involved in research on, for example, energy generation and storage, metamaterials, as well as microelectronics and information storage. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  6. Bioesterified polysubstituted-cyclodextrin/surfactant nanoparticles obtained by multilevel self-assembly

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    Zerkoune L.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work is to investigate the inclusion complexation between a novel amphiphilic biotransesterified cyclodextrin (CD, incorporated in nanostructured environment, and a model drug compound. A water-insoluble γ-cyclodextrin derivative (γ-CD-C10, polysubstituted with multiple (n=7-8 decanoyl chains (C10 on the secondary face, is produced by enzymatically-assisted esterification. The γ-CD-C10 derivative is embedded in amphiphilic nanoenvironment created by self-assembly with the lipophilic dye Nile red (NR and the non-ionic surfactant polysorbate 80 (P80. The inclusion complexation and the environmental effects upon the γ-CD-C10/NR/P80 nanoparticle (NP formation, in a multilevel self-assembly approach, are investigated by means of steady-state fluorescence and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET techniques. Quasi-elastic light scattering (QELS is used to control the NP size distribution during the sequential steps of the assembling process.

  7. Self-assembly of nanoparticles employing polymerization-induced phase separation.

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    Williams, Roberto J J; Hoppe, Cristina E; Zucchi, Ileana A; Romeo, Hernán E; dell'Erba, Ignacio E; Gómez, María L; Puig, Julieta; Leonardi, Agustina B

    2014-10-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) may be homogeneously dispersed in the precursors of a polymer (reactive solvent) by an adequate selection of their stabilizing ligands. However, the dispersion can become metastable or unstable in the course of polymerization. If this happens, NP-rich domains can be segregated by a process called polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS). This occurs mainly due to the decrease in the entropic contribution of the reactive solvent to the free energy of mixing (increase in its average size) and, for a reactive solvent generating a cross-linked polymer, the additional contribution of the elastic energy in the post-gel stage. The extent of PIPS will depend on the competition between phase separation and polymerization rates. It can be completely avoided, limited to a local scale or conveyed to generate different types of NPs' aggregates such as crystalline platelets, self-assembled structures with a hierarchical order and partitioning at the interface, and bidimensional patterns of NPs at the film surface. The use of a third component in the initial formulation such as a linear polymer or a block copolymer, provides the possibility of generating an internal template for the preferential location and self-assembly of phase-separated NPs. Some illustrative examples of morphologies generated by PIPS in solutions of NPs in reactive solvents, are analyzed in this feature article. PMID:25014172

  8. Reprint of: self-assembly of nanoparticles employing polymerization-induced phase separation.

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    Williams, Roberto J J; Hoppe, Cristina E; Zucchi, Ileana A; Romeo, Hernán E; dell'Erba, Ignacio E; Gómez, María L; Puig, Julieta; Leonardi, Agustina B

    2015-06-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) may be homogeneously dispersed in the precursors of a polymer (reactive solvent) by an adequate selection of their stabilizing ligands. However, the dispersion can become metastable or unstable in the course of polymerization. If this happens, NP-rich domains can be segregated by a process called polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS). This occurs mainly due to the decrease in the entropic contribution of the reactive solvent to the free energy of mixing (increase in its average size) and, for a reactive solvent generating a cross-linked polymer, the additional contribution of the elastic energy in the post-gel stage. The extent of PIPS will depend on the competition between phase separation and polymerization rates. It can be completely avoided, limited to a local scale or conveyed to generate different types of NPs' aggregates such as crystalline platelets, self-assembled structures with a hierarchical order and partitioning at the interface, and bidimensional patterns of NPs at the film surface. The use of a third component in the initial formulation such as a linear polymer or a block copolymer, provides the possibility of generating an internal template for the preferential location and self-assembly of phase-separated NPs. Some illustrative examples of morphologies generated by PIPS in solutions of NPs in reactive solvents, are analyzed in this feature article. PMID:25736431

  9. Monte Carlo study on the self-assembly of nanoparticles into a nanorod structure.

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    Matin, Mohammad A; Kim, Hyojeong; Saha, Joyanta K; Zhang, Zhengqing; Kim, Jinkwon; Jang, Joonkyung

    2013-09-01

    It is well known that semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) can assemble into a range of low dimensional structures, such as nanowires, nanorods and nanosheets. In this study, we investigate the self-assembly of CdTe NPs by using Monte Carlo simulation. Using a simple model for the anisotropic interaction of NPs, the present Monte Carlo simulation demonstrated that NPs with large dipole moments assemble spontaneously into a nanorod even if the short range interactions among NPs is isotropic. Interestingly, we found that the present nanorod grew by forming a transient structure which looks similar to a double ring. For NPs similar to CdTe, the dipole-dipole interaction had a dominant effect over van der Waals attractions and steric repulsion on the final structure of the NP aggregates. The simulated rods are similar to those observed in the experimental self-assembly of CdTe NPs. The NPs with relatively small electric dipole moments aggregated into more or less isotropic structures. PMID:24205640

  10. Self-assembly of saponite nanoparticles originated from nano-layered structure

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    Sato K.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of self-assembly induced by H2O molecules is studied for layered saponite nanoparticles and zeolite with the cage structure by means of positronium (Ps annihilation spectroscopy together with thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA. Prior to hydration the saponite exhibits two kinds of open spaces with their sizes of ∼3 Å and ∼9 Å, whereas open spaces with their sizes of ∼3 Å and ∼5 Å corresponding to β and α cages are obtained for the zeolite. The occupation of both α and β cages by H2O molecules proceeds along with hydration up to 2.5 h, which well synchronizes with the weight gain in TG data. On the contrary, the angstrom-scale open spaces for the saponite vary with hydration in the time scale with ∼100 h much longer than that of TG-DTA with ∼8 h. The present results suggest that the long-term self assembly originates from not the cage but the nanolayered structures.

  11. Effective interactions between nanoparticles: Creating temperature-independent solvation environments for self-assembly

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    Yadav, Hari O. S.; Shrivastav, Gourav; Agarwal, Manish; Chakravarty, Charusita

    2016-06-01

    correlation of mass dipoles on the two nanoparticles. One expects therefore that during self-assembly using solvent evaporation, temperature can be used as a structure-directing factor as long as good solvent conditions are maintained. It also suggests that disordered configurations may emerge as solvent quality decreases due to increasing role of short-range attractions and ligand fluctuation-driven anisotropy. The possibilities of using structural estimators of various thermodynamic quantities to analyse the interplay of ligand fluctuations and solvent quality in self-assembly as well as to design solvation environments are discussed.

  12. Simulation Modelling Study of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Coatings for Retinal Implants

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    Tomas Maul; Andrzej Bargiela; Yuying Yan; Nan Gao; Alexander Foss

    2013-01-01

    The electrode resolution of current retinal prostheses is still far from matching the densities of retinal neurons.Decreasing electrode diameter increases impedance levels thus deterring effective stimulation of neurons.One solution is to increase the surface roughness of electrodes,which can be done via nanoparticle coatings.This paper explores a Lattice Gas Model of the drying-mediated self-assembly of nanoparticle mixtures.The model includes representations for different types of nanoparticles,solvent,vapour,substrate and the energetic relationships between these elements.The dynamical aspect of the model is determined by energy minimization,stochastic fluctuations and physical constraints.The model attempts to unravel the relationships between different experimental conditions (e.g.evaporation rate,substrate characteristics and solvent viscosity) and the surface roughness of resulting assemblies.Some of the main results include the facts that the assemblies formed by nanoparticles of different sizes can boost roughness in specific circumstances and that the optimized assemblies can exhibit walled or stalagmite structures.This study provides a set of simulation modelling experiments that if confirmed in the laboratory may result in new and useful materials.

  13. The influence of self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles on the dielectric polymer composites

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    Xin Lu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available To clearify the influence of the distribution of the conductive nanoparticles on the dielectric properties of the corresponding polymer composites, the microstructure and dielectric character of the composites based on the oleic acid modified ferroferric oxide and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF polymer have been studied experimentally. It is found that these composites exhibit a normal percolative phase transition over the filler content from insulator to conductor, consistent with the classical percolation theory. However, when the percentage of fillers is at a certain value which is below the percolation threshold, these nanoparticles can assemble into a special porous structure in the PVDF matrix, associated with the enhancement of dielectric constant at low frequency. In addition, the controllable dispersion of conducting nanoparticles in a polymer matrix can prevent premature agglomeration at low filling fractions and avoid the appearance of anomalously early percolation. Therefore, the self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles can be beneficial to preparation of the high dielectric constant and low loss composites for the application of electric energy storage.

  14. Self-Assembly of Magnetic Nanoparticles at the Surface and Within Block Copolymer Films

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    Xu, Chen; Ohno, Kohji; Composto, Russell

    2007-03-01

    We investigate the self-assembly of magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles in thin films of a symmetric block copolymer of poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate), PS-b-PMMA (75 kg/mol). The Fe3O4 nanoparticles (4nm) are grafted by poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) (2.7 kg/mol) brushes to improve their compatibility. The weight percent of Fe3O4 in PS-b-PMMA is 1, 4 and 10. The Fe3O4 reside at the intermaterial dividing surface and also form small disk-like aggregates within the PMMA phase. The addition of Fe3O4 slows down the transition from perpendicular to parallel lamellae morphology at the surface and slowing down increases as weight percent Fe3O4 increases. Using cross-sectional TEM, nanoparticles are found to be rejected from the parallel lamellae and gather preferentially within the perpendicular lamellae. These studies demonstrate that the Fe3O4 particles influence thin film morphology and visa versa. Because of widespread interest in nanodevices, this study shows that arrays of functional nanoparticles can be formed using block copolymer templates.

  15. Electrostatic adsorption of hematite nanoparticles on self-assembled monolayer surfaces

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    Lau, Boris L. T., E-mail: borislau@engin.umass.edu; Huang, Rixiang [Baylor University, Department of Geology (United States); Madden, Andrew S. [University of Oklahoma, School of Geology and Geophysics (United States)

    2013-08-15

    Deposition of nanoparticles (NPs) on different environmental surfaces has important implication on their fate and transport in aquatic systems. This study quantitatively and kinetically analyzed the adsorption of hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) NPs (HNPs) onto self-assembled monolayer modified surfaces using QCM, AFM, and SEM. Experiments were conducted to study the immobilization of two different sizes of HNPs onto gold substrate and surfaces modified with 1-mercapto-11-undecanoic acid and cysteine. It is shown that the extent and rate of HNPs adsorption onto substrate surfaces can be modulated electrostatically. Control over the surface coverage of the adsorbed HNPs has been demonstrated by pH variation. Size-dependent adsorption kinetics was observed, with the 79 nm HNPs adsorbed 2-3 times faster than the 116 nm HNPs.

  16. Multiple-trapping in pentacene field-effect transistors with a nanoparticles self-assembled monolayer

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    Keanchuan Lee

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A silver nanoparticles self-assembled monolayer (SAM was incorporated in pentacene field-effect transistor and its effects on the carrier injection and transport were investigated using the current-voltage (I − V and impedance spectroscopy (IS measurements. The I − V results showed that there was a significant negative shift of the threshold voltage, indicating the hole trapping inside the devices with about two orders higher in the contact resistance and an order lower in the effective mobility when a SAM was introduced. The IS measurements with the simulation using a Maxwell-Wagner equivalent circuit model revealed the existence of multiple trapping states for the devices with NPs, while the devices without NPs exhibited only a single trap state.

  17. Preparation and characterization of starch nanoparticles via self-assembly at moderate temperature.

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    Liu, Chengzhen; Qin, Yang; Li, Xiaojing; Sun, Qingjie; Xiong, Liu; Liu, Zhuzhu

    2016-03-01

    Starch nanoparticles (SNPs) were fabricated via short glucan chains self-assembly at 50 °C and their characteristics were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, molecular weight distributions, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that SNPs exhibited spherical particles with a diameter of approximately 30-40 nm. The molecular weight of the SNPs mainly distributed at degree of polymerization (DP) 12 and DP 30. The gelatinization temperature of the SNPs increased dramatically compared to that of native waxy maize starch. The crystallinity of the samples increased as the assembling time increased and showed the same A-type in the X-ray diffraction pattern as native starch. This newly proposed SNPs approach has potential application in starch nanocomposite films due to their high gelatinization temperature. PMID:26708434

  18. Bimodality and re-entrant behaviour in the hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticles.

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    C K, Sarika; Tomar, Gaurav; Basu, J K; Thiele, Uwe

    2015-12-14

    We show that a film of a suspension of polymer grafted nanoparticles on a liquid substrate can be employed to create two-dimensional nanostructures with a remarkable variation in the pattern length scales. The presented experiments also reveal the emergence of concentration-dependent bimodal patterns as well as re-entrant behaviour that involves length scales due to dewetting and compositional instabilities. The experimental observations are explained through a gradient dynamics model consisting of coupled evolution equations for the height of the suspension film and the concentration of polymer. Using a Flory-Huggins free energy functional for the polymer solution, we show in a linear stability analysis that the thin film undergoes dewetting and/or compositional instabilities depending on the concentration of the polymer in the solution. We argue that the formation via 'hierarchical self-assembly' of various functional nanostructures observed in different systems can be explained as resulting from such an interplay of instabilities. PMID:26406929

  19. Final Report for Grant # DE-FG02-02ER46000 Simulations of Self-Assembly of Tethered Nanoparticle Shape Amphiphiles

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    Glotzer, Sharon C. [The University of Michigan

    2014-08-25

    Self-assembly of nanoparticle building blocks including nanospheres, nanorods, nanocubes, nano plates, nanoprisms, etc., may provide a promising means for manipulating these building blocks into functional and useful materials. One increasingly popular method for self-assembly involves functionalizing nanoparticles and nanostructured molecules with “tethers” of organic polymers or biomolecules with specific or nonspecific interactions to facilitate their assembly. However, there is little theory and little understanding of the general principles underlying self-assembly in these complex materials. Using computer simulation to elucidate the principles of self-assembly and develop a predictive theoretical framework was the central goal of this project.

  20. A novel perylene diimide-based tetrahedral molecule: Synthesis, characterization and self-assembly with gold nanoparticles

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    Jun-bo Li; Xiang-Lin Yu; Jing Fu; Xiwen Liu; Yang Zeng

    2010-11-01

    In this study, a novel tetrahedral molecule TPPY was successfully designed and synthesized. The self-assembly of TPPY with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in toluene has also been investigated. The aggregation morphologies of Au NPs can be controlled to produce different aggregate structures by changing the concentration of ligand TPPY.

  1. Self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into nanoholes through annealing in the fabrication of square lattices of nanocylinders

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    Xinping Zhang; Baoquan Sun; Hongcang Guo; Jinrong Tian; Yanrong Song; Li Wang

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate the self-assembly of solution-processible gold nanoparticles into the nanoholes consisting of patterned substrate through annealing, which facilitates successful fabrication of square lattices of gold nanocylinders with a period of 350 nm, a height of about 200 nm, and an aspect ratio larger than 2.

  2. Design of gold nanoshells via a gelatin-mediated self-assembly of gold nanoparticles on silica cores

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    Allouche, Joachim; Soulé, Samantha; Dupin, Jean-Charles; Masse, Sylvie; ,; Coradin, Thibaud; Martinez, Hervé

    2014-01-01

    International audience A gelatin-mediated self-assembly of gold nanoparticles on silica particles has been performed during gold ion reduction using ascorbic acid as reductant and PVP as stabilizer. Gold nanoshells with near infrared photothermal properties have been successfully designed.

  3. Self-Assembly of Oligosaccharide-b-PMMA Block Copolymer Systems: Glyco-Nanoparticles and Their Degradation under UV Exposure.

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    Zepon, Karine M; Otsuka, Issei; Bouilhac, Cécile; Muniz, Edvani C; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2016-05-10

    This paper discusses the self-assembly of oligosaccharide-containing block copolymer and the use of ultraviolet (UV) to obtain nanoporous glyco-nanoparticles by photodegradation of the synthetic polymer block. Those glyco-nanoparticles consisting of oligosaccharide-based shell and a photodegradable core domain were obtained from the self-assembly of maltoheptaose-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MH-b-PMMA48) using the nanoprecipitation protocol. MH-b-PMMA48 self-assembled into well-defined spherical micelles (major compound) with a hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of ca. 10 nm and also into large compound micellar aggregates (minor compound) with an Rh of ca. 65 nm. The oligosaccharide shells of these glyco-nanoparticles were cross-linked through the Michael-type addition of divinyl sulfone under dilute conditions to minimize the intermicellar cross-linking. The core domain photodegradation of the cross-linked glyco-nanoparticles was induced under exposure to 254 nm UV radiation, resulting in porous glyco-nanoparticles with an Rh of ca. 44 nm. The morphology of the cross-linked shell and the core photodegradation of these glyco-nanoparticles were characterized using static light scattering, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, field-emission gun-scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The innovative aspect of this approach concerns the fact that after removing the PMMA domains the porous nanoparticles are mostly composed of biocompatible and nontoxic oligosaccharides. PMID:27054350

  4. Self-assembly of Silver Nanoparticles and Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes on Decomposed GaAs Surfaces

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    Unnikrishnan NV

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Atomic Force Microscopy complemented by Photoluminescence and Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction has been used to study self-assembly of silver nanoparticles and multiwall carbon nanotubes on thermally decomposed GaAs (100 surfaces. It has been shown that the decomposition leads to the formation of arsenic plate-like structures. Multiwall carbon nanotubes spin coated on the decomposed surfaces were mostly found to occupy the depressions between the plates and formed boundaries. While direct casting of silver nanoparticles is found to induce microdroplets. Annealing at 300°C was observed to contract the microdroplets into combined structures consisting of silver spots surrounded by silver rings. Moreover, casting of colloidal suspension consists of multiwall carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles is observed to cause the formation of 2D compact islands. Depending on the multiwall carbon nanotubes diameter, GaAs/multiwall carbon nanotubes/silver system exhibited photoluminescence with varying strength. Such assembly provides a possible bottom up facile way of roughness controlled fabrication of plasmonic systems on GaAs surfaces.

  5. Dimensional scale effects on surface enhanced Raman scattering efficiency of self-assembled silver nanoparticle clusters

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    A study of the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) from micrometric metallic nanoparticle aggregates is presented. The sample is obtained from the self-assembly on glass slides of micro-clusters of silver nanoparticles (60 and 100 nm diameter), functionalized with the organic molecule 4-aminothiophenol in water solution. For nanoparticle clusters at the micron scale, a maximum enhancement factor of 109 is estimated from the SERS over the Raman intensity ratio normalized to the single molecule contribution. Atomic force microscopy, correlated to spatially resolved Raman measurements, allows highlighting the connection between morphology and efficiency of the plasmonic system. The correlation between geometric features and SERS response of the metallic structures reveals a linear trend of the cluster maximum scattered intensity as a function of the surface area of the aggregate. On given clusters, the intensity turns out to be also influenced by the number of stacking planes of the aggregate, thus suggesting a plasmonic waveguide effect. The linear dependence results weakened for the largest area clusters, suggesting 30 μm2 as the upper limit for exploiting the coherence over large scale of the plasmonic response.

  6. Dimensional scale effects on surface enhanced Raman scattering efficiency of self-assembled silver nanoparticle clusters

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    Fasolato, C. [Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Center for Life Nanoscience@Sapienza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, V.le Regina Elena, 291, 00185 Rome (Italy); Domenici, F., E-mail: fabiodomenici@gmail.com, E-mail: paolo.postorino@roma1.infn.it; De Angelis, L.; Luongo, F.; Postorino, P., E-mail: fabiodomenici@gmail.com, E-mail: paolo.postorino@roma1.infn.it [Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Sennato, S. [Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); CNR-IPCS UOS Roma, Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Mura, F. [Dip. Scienze di Base Applicate all' Ingegneria, Università Sapienza, Via A. Scarpa, 16, 00185 Rome (Italy); Costantini, F. [Dip. Ingegneria Astronautica Elettrica ed Energetica, Università Sapienza, Via Eudossiana, 18, 00184 Rome (Italy); Bordi, F. [Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Center for Life Nanoscience@Sapienza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, V.le Regina Elena, 291, 00185 Rome (Italy); CNR-IPCS UOS Roma, Dip. Fisica, Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Rome (Italy)

    2014-08-18

    A study of the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) from micrometric metallic nanoparticle aggregates is presented. The sample is obtained from the self-assembly on glass slides of micro-clusters of silver nanoparticles (60 and 100 nm diameter), functionalized with the organic molecule 4-aminothiophenol in water solution. For nanoparticle clusters at the micron scale, a maximum enhancement factor of 10{sup 9} is estimated from the SERS over the Raman intensity ratio normalized to the single molecule contribution. Atomic force microscopy, correlated to spatially resolved Raman measurements, allows highlighting the connection between morphology and efficiency of the plasmonic system. The correlation between geometric features and SERS response of the metallic structures reveals a linear trend of the cluster maximum scattered intensity as a function of the surface area of the aggregate. On given clusters, the intensity turns out to be also influenced by the number of stacking planes of the aggregate, thus suggesting a plasmonic waveguide effect. The linear dependence results weakened for the largest area clusters, suggesting 30 μm{sup 2} as the upper limit for exploiting the coherence over large scale of the plasmonic response.

  7. Self-assembly of robotic micro- and nanoswimmers using magnetic nanoparticles

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    Micro- and nanoscale robotic swimmers are very promising to significantly enhance the performance of particulate drug delivery by providing high accuracy at extremely small scales. Here, we introduce micro- and nanoswimmers fabricated using self-assembly of nanoparticles and control via magnetic fields. Nanoparticles self-align into parallel chains under magnetization. The swimmers exhibit flexibility under a rotating magnetic field resulting in chiral structures upon deformation, thereby having the prerequisite for non-reciprocal motion to move about at low Reynolds number. The swimmers are actuated wirelessly using an external rotating magnetic field supplied by approximate Helmholtz coils. By controlling the concentration of the suspended magnetic nanoparticles, the swimmers can be modulated into different sizes. Nanoscale swimmers are largely influenced by Brownian motion, as observed from their jerky trajectories. The microswimmers, which are roughly three times larger, are less vulnerable to the effects from Brownian motion. In this paper, we demonstrate responsive directional control of micro- and nanoswimmers and compare their respective diffusivities and trajectories to characterize the implications of Brownian disturbance on the motions of small and large swimmers. We then performed a simulation using a kinematic model for the magnetic swimmers including the stochastic nature of Brownian motion

  8. Gold nanoparticles modified with self-assembled hybrid monolayer of triblock aptamers as a photoreversible anticoagulant.

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    Huang, San-Shan; Wei, Shih-Chun; Chang, Huan-Tsung; Lin, Han-Jia; Huang, Chih-Ching

    2016-01-10

    We demonstrated that thrombin-binding aptamer-conjugated gold nanoparticles (TBA-Au NPs), prepared from a self-assembled hybrid monolayer (SAHM) of triblock aptamers on Au NPs (13 nm), can effectively inhibit thrombin activity toward fibrinogen. The first block poly(adenine) at the end of the triblock TBA was used for the self-assembly on Au NP surface. The second block, in the middle of TBA, was composed of oligonucleotides that could hybridize with each other. The third block, containing TBA15 (15-base, binding to the exosite I of thrombin) and TBA29 (29-base, binding to the exosite II of thrombin) provided bivalent interaction with thrombin. The SAHM triblock aptamers have optimal distances between TBA15 and TBA29, aptamer density, and orientation on the Au NP surfaces. These properties strengthen the interactions with thrombin (Kd=1.5 × 10(-11)M), resulting in an extremely high anticoagulant potency. The thrombin clotting time mediated by SAHM TBA15/TBA29-Au NPs was >10 times longer than that of four commercially available drugs (heparin, argatroban, hirudin, or warfarin). In addition, the rat-tail bleeding assay time further demonstrated that the SAHM TBA15/TBA29-Au NPs were superior to heparin. The SAHM TBA15/TBA29-Au NPs exhibited excellent stability in the human plasma (half-life >14 days) and good biocompatibility (low cytotoxicity and hemolysis). Most interestingly, the inhibition by SAHM TBA15/TBA29-Au NPs was controllable by the irradiation of green laser, via heat transfer-induced TBA release from Au NPs. Therefore, these easily prepared (self-assembled), low cost (non-thiolated aptamer), photo-controllable, multivalent TBA15/TBA29-Au NPs (high density of TBA15/TBA29 on Au NPs) show good potential for the treatment of various diseases related to blood-clotting disorders. Our study opens up the possibility of regulation of molecule binding, protein recognition, and enzyme activity using SAHM aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials. PMID:26643617

  9. Self-assembled nanoparticle aggregates: Organizing disorder for high performance surface-enhanced spectroscopy

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    Fasolato, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Center for Life Nanoscience@Sapienza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Rome (Italy); Domenici, F., E-mail: fabiodomenici@gmail.com [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome (Italy); Brasili, F.; Mazzi, E.; Postorino, P., E-mail: paolo.postorino@roma1.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Mura, F. [Center for Nanotechnology for Engineering (CNIS), Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze di Base Applicate all’Ingegneria, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Sennato, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); CNR-ISC UOS Sapienza, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); De Angelis, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Center for Nanophotonics, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Bordi, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy); CNR-IPCF UOS Roma, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università Sapienza, Rome (Italy)

    2015-06-23

    The coherent oscillations of the surface electron gas, known as surface plasmons, in metal nanostructures can give rise to the localization of intense electromagnetic fields at the metal-dielectric interface. These strong fields are exploited in surface enhanced spectroscopies, such as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), for the detection and characterization of molecules at very low concentration. Still, the implementation of SERS-based biosensors requires a high level of reproducibility, combined with cheap and simple fabrication methods. For this purpose, SERS substrates based on self-assembled aggregates of commercial metallic nanoparticles (Nps) can meet all the above requests. Following this line, we report on a combined micro-Raman and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analysis of the SERS efficiency of micrometric silver Np aggregates (enhancement factors up to 10{sup 9}) obtained by self-assembly. Despite the intrinsic disordered nature of these Np clusters, we were able to sort out some general rules relating the specific aggregate morphology to its plasmonic response. We found strong evidences of cooperative effects among the NPs within the cluster and namely a clear dependence of the SERS-efficiency on both the cluster area (basically linear) and the number of stacked NPs layers. A cooperative action among the superimposed layers has been proved also by electromagnetic simulations performed on simplified nanostructures consisting of stacking planes of ordered Nps. Being clear the potentialities of these disordered self-assembled clusters, in terms of both easy fabrication and signal enhancement, we developed a specific nanofabrication protocol, based on electron beam lithography and molecular functionalization, that allowed for a fine control of the Np assemblies into designed shapes fixing their area and height. In particular, we fabricated 2D ordered arrays of disordered clusters choosing gold Nps owing to their high stability. AFM measurements

  10. Self-assembled silk sericin/poloxamer nanoparticles as nanocarriers of hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs for targeted delivery

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    Mandal, Biman B.; Kundu, S. C.

    2009-09-01

    In recent times self-assembled micellar nanoparticles have been successfully employed in tissue engineering for targeted drug delivery applications. In this review, silk sericin protein from non-mulberry Antheraea mylitta tropical tasar silk cocoons was blended with pluronic F-127 and F-87 in the presence of solvents to achieve self-assembled micellar nanostructures capable of carrying both hydrophilic (FITC-inulin) and hydrophobic (anticancer drug paclitaxel) drugs. The fabricated nanoparticles were subsequently characterized for their size distribution, drug loading capability, cellular uptake and cytotoxicity. Nanoparticle sizes ranged between 100 and 110 nm in diameter as confirmed by dynamic light scattering. Rapid uptake of these particles into cells was observed in in vitro cellular uptake studies using breast cancer MCF-7 cells. In vitro cytotoxicity assay using paclitaxel-loaded nanoparticles against breast cancer cells showed promising results comparable to free paclitaxel drugs. Drug-encapsulated nanoparticle-induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells was confirmed by FACS and confocal microscopic studies using Annexin V staining. Up-regulation of pro-apoptotic protein Bax, down-regulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 and cleavage of regulatory protein PARP through Western blot analysis suggested further drug-induced apoptosis in cells. This study projects silk sericin protein as an alternative natural biomaterial for fabrication of self-assembled nanoparticles in the presence of poloxamer for successful delivery of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs to target sites.

  11. Self-assembled silk sericin/poloxamer nanoparticles as nanocarriers of hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs for targeted delivery

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    Mandal, Biman B; Kundu, S C, E-mail: kundu@hijli.iitkgp.ernet.i [Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2009-09-02

    In recent times self-assembled micellar nanoparticles have been successfully employed in tissue engineering for targeted drug delivery applications. In this review, silk sericin protein from non-mulberry Antheraea mylitta tropical tasar silk cocoons was blended with pluronic F-127 and F-87 in the presence of solvents to achieve self-assembled micellar nanostructures capable of carrying both hydrophilic (FITC-inulin) and hydrophobic (anticancer drug paclitaxel) drugs. The fabricated nanoparticles were subsequently characterized for their size distribution, drug loading capability, cellular uptake and cytotoxicity. Nanoparticle sizes ranged between 100 and 110 nm in diameter as confirmed by dynamic light scattering. Rapid uptake of these particles into cells was observed in in vitro cellular uptake studies using breast cancer MCF-7 cells. In vitro cytotoxicity assay using paclitaxel-loaded nanoparticles against breast cancer cells showed promising results comparable to free paclitaxel drugs. Drug-encapsulated nanoparticle-induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells was confirmed by FACS and confocal microscopic studies using Annexin V staining. Up-regulation of pro-apoptotic protein Bax, down-regulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 and cleavage of regulatory protein PARP through Western blot analysis suggested further drug-induced apoptosis in cells. This study projects silk sericin protein as an alternative natural biomaterial for fabrication of self-assembled nanoparticles in the presence of poloxamer for successful delivery of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs to target sites.

  12. Electronic transport properties of self-assembled thin films of inorganic nanoparticles and polymers

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    Kniprath, Rolf; Kirstein, Stefan [Institut fuer Physik, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    We report on the electronic transport properties and the photovoltaic effect observed in composite thin films of nanoporous TiO{sub 2} and holeconducting polymers. These organic-inorganic heterojunction structures represent a hybrid of all-organic and inorganic dye-sensitized solar cell concepts. The nanoporous films of TiO{sub 2} were grown on transparent conducting oxide substrates with a layer-by-layer self-assembly process using TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and served as electron conductors. By drop-casting polymer solutions on top we fabricated two types of heterojunction devices: For the first type, we applied a water-soluble thiophene polymer that acted as both a light absorber and a hole transport layer (HTL). For the second type we sensitized TiO{sub 2} with strongly light absorbing CdTe nanoparticles and used the transparent polymer TFB as a HTL. I-V-measurements through Au back contacts under white light and in the dark yielded a diode characteristic with photovoltages of up to 0.8 V for both setups and photocurrent densities on the order of 1 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}.

  13. Thermally Tunable Metallodielectric Photonic Crystals from Self-assembly of Brush Block Copolymers and Gold Nanoparticles

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    Song, Dongpo; Li, Cheng; Colella, Nicholas; Lu, Xuemin; Watkins, James

    2015-03-01

    Photonic crystals (PCs) based on the self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) are under intense investigations, providing new opportunities for simple fabrication of flexible photonic devices or coatings in an inexpensive and scalable way. The precise control and selective incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into specific domains of the microphase separated BCPs can be used to tune the optical constant of the target domains and create hybrid materials with unique optical properties. In this work, we demonstrate a simple strategy for rapid fabrication of well-ordered metallodielectric 1-D PCs using PS- b-PEO brush BCPs as the templates and H-bonding as the driving force for selective incorporation of phenol-coated gold nanoparticles (NPs) into PEO domains. By varying gold NP loading or molecular weight of the brush BCP, periodic layered metallodielectric structures with the domain spacing controlled from 120 nm to 261 nm were readily created resulting in reflection of light widely tunable from the visible to near IR regions (458-1010 nm). The control over size as well as the distribution of the gold NPs in the well-ordered structure was realized through simple thermal treatment, showing significant effects on the optical properties. This work was supported by the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts (CMMI-1025020).

  14. Self-assembled superparamagnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents— A review

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    Su, Hong-Ying; Wu, Chang-Qiang; Li, Dan-Yang; Ai, Hua

    2015-12-01

    Recent progress of the preparation and applications of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) clusters as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probes is reviewed with regard to their applications in labeling and tracking cells in vivo, in diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases and tumors, and in drug delivery systems. Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs), especially SPIO nanoparticles, have long been used as MRI contrast agents and as an advantageous nanoplatform for drug delivery, taking advantage of their unique magnetic properties and ability to function at the molecular and cellular levels. Due to advances in nanotechnology, various means to control SPIO NPs’ size, composition, magnetization and relaxivity have been developed, as well as ways to usefully modify their surface. Recently, self-assembly of SPIO NP clusters in particulate carriers—such as polymeric micelles, vesicles, liposomes, and layer-by-layer (LbL) capsules—have been widely studied for application as ultrasensitive MRI probes, owing to their remarkably high spin-spin (T2) relaxivity and convenience for further functionalization. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB933903), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 20974065, 51173117, and 50830107), and the Scientific Research Start-up Fund of Kunming University of Science and Technology (Grant No. KKSY201305089).

  15. Self assembled hyaluronic acid nanoparticles as a potential carrier for targeting the inflamed intestinal mucosa.

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    Vafaei, Seyed Yaser; Esmaeili, Motahareh; Amini, Mohsen; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Ostad, Seyed Naser; Dinarvand, Rassoul

    2016-06-25

    To develop a nanoparticulate drug carrier for targeting of the inflamed intestinal mucosa, amphiphilic hyaluronic acid (HA) conjugates were synthesized, which could form self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous solution and budesonide (BDS) was loaded into the HANPs. Their particle sizes were in the range of 177 to 293nm with negative surface charge. The model of inflammatory CACO-2 cells was utilized to investigate the therapeutic potential of budesonide loaded HA nanocarriers. The highest expression of CD44 receptors was found on inflamed Caco-2 cells, as determined by flow cytometry. FITC-labeled HANPs revealed greater uptake in inflamed CACO-2 cells compared to untreated CACO-2 and CD44-negative cell lines, NIH3T3. BDS loaded HANPs displayed almost no toxicity indicating HANPs are excellent biocompatible nano-carriers. BDS loaded HANPs demonstrated higher anti-inflammatory effect on IL-8 and TNF-α secretion in inflamed cell model compared to the same dose of free drug. These results revealed the promising potential of HA nanoparticles as a targeted drug delivery system for IBD treatment. PMID:27083829

  16. Self-Assembling Nanoparticles of Amphiphilic Polymers for In Vitro and In Vivo FRET Imaging.

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    Garcia-Amorós, Jaume; Tang, Sicheng; Zhang, Yang; Thapaliya, Ek Raj; Raymo, Françisco M

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembling nanoparticles of amphiphilic polymers are viable delivery vehicles for transporting hydrophobic molecules across hydrophilic media. Noncovalent contacts between the hydrophobic domains of their macromolecular components are responsible for their formation and for providing a nonpolar environment for the encapsulated guests. However, such interactions are reversible and, as a result, these supramolecular hosts can dissociate into their constituents amphiphiles to release the encapsulated cargo. Operating principles to probe the integrity of the nanocarriers and the dynamic exchange of their components are, therefore, essential to monitor the fate of these supramolecular assemblies in biological media. The co-encapsulation of complementary chromophores within their nonpolar interior offers the opportunity to assess their stability on the basis of energy transfer and fluorescence measurements. Indeed, the exchange of excitation energy between the entrapped chromophores can only occur if the nanoparticles retain their integrity to maintain donors and acceptors in close proximity. In fact, energy-transfer schemes are becoming invaluable protocols to elucidate the transport properties of these fascinating supramolecular constructs in a diversity of biological preparations and can facilitate the identification of strategies to deliver contrast agents and/or drugs to target locations in living organisms for potential diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. PMID:26589505

  17. Nanostructured nanoparticles of self-assembled lipid pro-drugs as a route to improved chemotherapeutic agents

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    Sagnella, Sharon M.; Gong, Xiaojuan; Moghaddam, Minoo J.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Kimpton, Kathleen; Waddington, Lynne J.; Krodkiewska, Irena; Drummond, Calum J. (CSIRO/MSE); (CSIRO/LW)

    2014-09-24

    We demonstrate that oral delivery of self-assembled nanostructured nanoparticles consisting of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) lipid prodrugs results in a highly effective, target-activated, chemotherapeutic agent, and offers significantly enhanced efficacy over a commercially available alternative that does not self-assemble. The lipid prodrug nanoparticles have been found to significantly slow the growth of a highly aggressive mouse 4T1 breast tumour, and essentially halt the growth of a human MDA-MB-231 breast tumour in mouse xenografts. Systemic toxicity is avoided as prodrug activation requires a three-step, enzymatic conversion to 5-FU, with the third step occurring preferentially at the tumour site. Additionally, differences in the lipid prodrug chemical structure and internal nanostructure of the nanoparticle dictate the enzymatic conversion rate and can be used to control sustained release profiles. Thus, we have developed novel oral nanomedicines that combine sustained release properties with target-selective activation.

  18. Nanostructured nanoparticles of self-assembled lipid pro-drugs as a route to improved chemotherapeutic agents

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    Sagnella, Sharon M.; Gong, Xiaojuan; Moghaddam, Minoo J.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Kimpton, Kathleen; Waddington, Lynne J.; Krodkiewska, Irena; Drummond, Calum J.

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate that oral delivery of self-assembled nanostructured nanoparticles consisting of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) lipid prodrugs results in a highly effective, target-activated, chemotherapeutic agent, and offers significantly enhanced efficacy over a commercially available alternative that does not self-assemble. The lipid prodrug nanoparticles have been found to significantly slow the growth of a highly aggressive mouse 4T1 breast tumour, and essentially halt the growth of a human MDA-MB-231 breast tumour in mouse xenografts. Systemic toxicity is avoided as prodrug activation requires a three-step, enzymatic conversion to 5-FU, with the third step occurring preferentially at the tumour site. Additionally, differences in the lipid prodrug chemical structure and internal nanostructure of the nanoparticle dictate the enzymatic conversion rate and can be used to control sustained release profiles. Thus, we have developed novel oral nanomedicines that combine sustained release properties with target-selective activation.

  19. Collagen peptide-based biomaterials for protein delivery and peptide-promoted self-assembly of gold nanoparticles

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    Ernenwein, Dawn M.

    2011-12-01

    Bottom-up self-assembly of peptides has driven the research progress for the following two projects: protein delivery vehicles of collagen microflorettes and the assembly of gold nanoparticles with coiled-coil peptides. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the mammals yet due to immunogenic responses, batch-to-batch variability and lack of sequence modifications, synthetic collagen has been designed to self-assemble into native collagen-like structures. In particular with this research, metal binding ligands were incorporated on the termini of collagen-like peptides to generate micron-sized particles, microflorettes. The over-arching goal of the first research project is to engineer MRI-active microflorettes, loaded with His-tagged growth factors with differential release rates while bound to stem cells that can be implemented toward regenerative cell-based therapies. His-tagged proteins, such as green fluorescent protein, have successfully been incorporated on the surface and throughout the microflorettes. Protein release was monitored under physiological conditions and was related to particle degradation. In human plasma full release was obtained within six days. Stability of the microflorettes under physiological conditions was also examined for the development of a therapeutically relevant delivery agent. Additionally, MRI active microflorettes have been generated through the incorporation of a gadolinium binding ligand, DOTA within the collagen-based peptide sequence. To probe peptide-promoted self-assemblies of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) by non-covalent, charge complementary interactions, a highly anionic coiled-coil peptide was designed and synthesized. Upon formation of peptide-GNP interactions, the hydrophobic domain of the coiled-coil were shown to promote the self-assembly of peptide-GNPs clustering. Hydrophobic forces were found to play an important role in the assembly process, as a peptide with an equally overall negative charge, but lacking an

  20. Graphene decorated with Pd nanoparticles via electrostatic self-assembly: A highly active alcohol oxidation electrocatalyst

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    Graphical abstract: Novel perylene-connected ionic liquids (PTCDI-ILs) have been successfully synthesized in a convenient approach and used as linkers for three-component Pd/PTCDI-ILs/GS heterostructure when non-covalently attached on graphene. The obtained nano-hybrids represented high electrochemical surface area and enhanced electrocatalytic activity for DAFCs in alkaline media. -- Highlights: • A novel preparation of three-component Pd/ionic liquids/graphene heterostructure has been constructed. • The Pd-based nano-catalysts have relatively low price and higher resistance to CO poisoning when compared with Pt-based catalysts. • The nano-catalysts represent high electrochemical surface area and enhanced electrocatalytic activity for DAFCs in alkaline media. -- Abstract: Graphene nanosheets (GS) are non-covalently functionalized with novel N,N-bis-(n-butylimidazolium bromide salt)-3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid diimide (PTCDI-ILs) via the π–π stacking, and then employed as the support of Pd nanoparticles. The negatively charged Pd precursors are adsorbed on positively charged imidazolium ring moiety of PTCDI-ILs wrapping GS surface via electrostatic self-assembly and then in situ reduced by NaBH4. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope images reveal that Pd nanoparticles with an average size of 2.7 nm are uniformly dispersed on GS surface. The Pd/PTCDI-ILs/GS exhibits unexpectedly high activity toward alcohol oxidation reaction, which can be attributed to the large electrochemical surface area of Pd nanoparticles. It also shows enhanced electrochemical stability due to the structural integrity of PTCDI-ILs/GS. This provides a facile approach to synthesize GS-based nanoelectrocatalysts

  1. Self-Assembled Complexes of Horseradish Peroxidase with Magnetic Nanoparticles Showing Enhanced Peroxidase Activity

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    Corgié, Stéphane C.

    2012-02-15

    Bio-nanocatalysts (BNCs) consisting of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) self-assembled with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) enhance enzymatic activity due to the faster turnover and lower inhibition of the enzyme. The size and magnetization of the MNPs affect the formation of the BNCs, and ultimately control the activity of the bound enzymes. Smaller MNPs form small clusters with a low affinity for the HRP. While the turnover for the bound fraction is drastically increased, there is no difference in the H 2O 2 inhibitory concentration. Larger MNPs with a higher magnetization aggregate in larger clusters and have a higher affinity for the enzyme and a lower substrate inhibition. All of the BNCs are more active than the free enzyme or the MNPs (BNCs > HRP ≤laquo; MNPs). Since the BNCs show surprising resilience in various reaction conditions, they may pave the way towards new hybrid biocatalysts with increased activities and unique catalytic properties for magnetosensitive enzymatic reactions. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Templated Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles through the Self-Assembly of Polymers and Surfactants

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    Vo Thu An Nguyen

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NPs for various technological applications continues to be an interesting research topic. The successful application of superparamagnetic NPs to each specific area typically depends on the achievement of high magnetization for the nanocrystals obtained, which is determined by their average size and size distribution. The size dispersity of magnetic NPs (MNPs is markedly improved when, during the synthesis, the nucleation and growth steps of the reaction are well-separated. Tuning the nucleation process with the assistance of a hosting medium that encapsulates the precursors (such as self-assembled micelles, dispersing them in discrete compartments, improves control over particle formation. These inorganic-organic hybrids inherit properties from both the organic and the inorganic materials, while the organic component can also bring a specific functionality to the particles or prevent their aggregation in water. The general concept of interest in this review is that the shape and size of the synthesized MNPs can be controlled to some extent by the geometry and the size of the organic templates used, which thus can be considered as molds at the nanometer scale, for both porous continuous matrices and suspensions.

  3. Solvent-induced size reduction of self-assembled siRNA/copolymer nanoparticles

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    Qu, Wei; Wu, Juan; Mao, Hai-Quan; Luijten, Erik

    2013-03-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) therapeutics has a demonstrated potential for treating numerous liver diseases. However, traditional polycation vectors used for siRNA delivery typically produce siRNA-containing particles of large size (> 100 nm), along with high cytotoxicity and low colloidal stability. Inspired by earlier work on nanoparticles for plasmid DNA delivery, we graft hydrophilic and biocompatible polyethylene glycol (PEG) blocks to the polycation vector to overcome these limitations. We find that the PEG-grafted polycations result in slightly larger particle size, even though the hydrophilic PEG blocks are expected to hinder the formation of larger aggregates. To explain this observation, we investigate siRNA/copolymer self-assembly via computer simulations of coarse-grained polymer and siRNA models. Our calculations suggest that hydrogen bonding between PEG and the polycation leads to the increased particle size, and that smaller particles can be obtained by inhibiting hydrogen bonding in such system. Subsequent experiments employing solvents of lower polarity indeed lead to particles with smaller size.

  4. Bio-inspired metal ions regulate the structure evolution of self-assembled peptide-based nanoparticles

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    Xu, An-Ping; Yang, Pei-Pei; Yang, Chao; Gao, Yu-Juan; Zhao, Xiao-Xiao; Luo, Qiang; Li, Xiang-Dan; Li, Li-Zhong; Wang, Lei; Wang, Hao

    2016-07-01

    We report an assembly and transformation process of a supramolecular module, BP-KLVFF-RGD (BKR) in solution and on specific living cell surfaces for imaging and treatment. The BKR self-assembled into nanoparticles, which further transformed into nanofibers in situ induced by coordination with Ca2+ ions.We report an assembly and transformation process of a supramolecular module, BP-KLVFF-RGD (BKR) in solution and on specific living cell surfaces for imaging and treatment. The BKR self-assembled into nanoparticles, which further transformed into nanofibers in situ induced by coordination with Ca2+ ions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details; Fig. S1-S9. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03580a

  5. Ag nanoparticles formed by femtosecond pulse laser ablation in water: self-assembled fractal structures

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    Santillán, Jesica M. J. [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina); Fernández van Raap, Marcela B., E-mail: raap@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Mendoza Zélis, Pedro; Coral, Diego [CONICET, Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP) (Argentina); Muraca, Diego [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin” (IFGW) (Brazil); Schinca, Daniel C.; Scaffardi, Lucía B., E-mail: lucias@ciop.unlp.edu.ar [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina)

    2015-02-15

    We report for the first time on the formation of self-assembled fractals of spherical Ag nanoparticles (Nps) fabricated by femtosecond pulse laser ablation of a solid silver target in water. Fractal structures grew both in two and three Euclidean dimensions (d). Ramified-fractal assemblies of 2 nm height and 5–14 μm large, decorated with Ag Nps of 3 nm size, were obtained in a 2d geometry when highly diluted drops of colloidal suspension were dried at a fast heating rate over a mica substrate. When less-diluted drops were dried at slow heating rate, isolated single Nps or rosette-like structures were formed. Fractal aggregates about 31 nm size in 3d geometry were observed in the as-prepared colloidal suspension. Electron diffraction and optical extinction spectroscopy (OES) analyses performed on the samples confirmed the presence of Ag and Ag{sub 2}O. The analysis of the optical extinction spectrum, using the electrostatic approximation of Mie theory for small spheres, showed the existence of Ag bare core, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O and air–Ag core–shell Nps, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O being the most frequent type [69 % relative abundance (r.a.)]. Core-size and shell-thickness distribution was derived from OES. In situ scattering measurements of the Ag colloidal suspension, carried out by small-angle X-ray scattering, indicate a mass fractal composed of packaged 〈D{sub SAXS}〉 = (5 ± 1) nm particles and fractal dimension d{sub f} = 2.5. Ex situ atomic force microscopy imaging displayed well-ramified structures, which, analyzed with box-counting method, yield a fractal dimension d{sub f} = 1.67. The growing behavior of these 2d and 3d self-assembled fractals is consistent with the diffusion-limited aggregation model.

  6. Artificial leaf structures as a UV detector formed by the self-assembly of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Wang, Fei; Zhao, Dongxu; Guo, Zhen; Liu, Lei; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Shen, Dezhen

    2013-03-01

    Artificial leaf structures have been fabricated by the self-assembly of ZnO nanoparticles. A hydrothermal method was used to synthesize the nanoparticles. The self-assembly patterns showed asymmetric dendritic morphologies, larger surface-to-volume ratios, a broad absorption band and high resistance. A non-equilibrium two-stage-formation process included diffusion limited aggregation, and the phase-field model was introduced to explain the formation mechanism of the pattern. A high-performance ultraviolet detector was fabricated on the artificial leaf structures, which showed that the current under the irradiation of a UV lamp (1.21 mW cm-2) was about 104 times greater than in the dark. The various and functional properties of the pattern show us the vast prospects of potential applications for light harvesting systems and other optical-electric devices.Artificial leaf structures have been fabricated by the self-assembly of ZnO nanoparticles. A hydrothermal method was used to synthesize the nanoparticles. The self-assembly patterns showed asymmetric dendritic morphologies, larger surface-to-volume ratios, a broad absorption band and high resistance. A non-equilibrium two-stage-formation process included diffusion limited aggregation, and the phase-field model was introduced to explain the formation mechanism of the pattern. A high-performance ultraviolet detector was fabricated on the artificial leaf structures, which showed that the current under the irradiation of a UV lamp (1.21 mW cm-2) was about 104 times greater than in the dark. The various and functional properties of the pattern show us the vast prospects of potential applications for light harvesting systems and other optical-electric devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr33748k

  7. A comparative in vitro evaluation of self-assembled PTX-PLA and PTX-MPEG-PLA nanoparticles

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    Cui, Fei; Li, Yang; Zhou, Shuifan; Jia, Mengmeng; Yang, Xiangrui; Yu, Fei; Ye, Shefang; Hou, Zhenqing; Xie, Liya

    2013-01-01

    We present a dialysis technique to direct the self-assembly of paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) using methoxypolyethylene glycol-poly(d,l-lactide) (MPEG-PLA) and PLA, respectively. The composition, morphology, particle size and zeta potential, drug loading content, and drug encapsulation efficiency of both PTX-PLA NPs and PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, ele...

  8. Self-assembled dipeptide-gold nanoparticle hybrid spheres for highly sensitive amperometric hydrogen peroxide biosensors.

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    Gong, Yufei; Chen, Xu; Lu, Yanluo; Yang, Wensheng

    2015-04-15

    Novel self-assembled dipeptide-gold nanoparticle (DP-AuNP) hybrid microspheres with a hollow structure have been prepared in aqueous solution by a simple one-step method. Diphenylalanine (FF) dipeptide was used as a precursor to form simultaneously peptide spheres and a reducing agent to reduce gold ions to gold nanoparticles in water at 60°C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that formed AuNPs were localized both inside and on the surface of the dipeptide spheres. Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) as a model enzyme was further immobilized on the dipeptide-AuNP hybrid spheres to construct a mediate H2O2 amperometric biosensor. UV-vis spectroscopy showed that the immobilized HRP retained its original structure. Cyclic voltammetry characterization demonstrated that the HRP/dipeptide-AuNP hybrid spheres modified glassy carbon electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity to H2O2. The proposed biosensor exhibited a wide linear response in the range from 5.0×10(-7) to 9.7×10(-4)M with a high sensitivity of 28.3µAmM(-1). A low detection limit of 1.0×10(-7)M was estimated at S/N=3. In addition, the biosensor possessed satisfactory reproducibility and long-term stability. These results indicated that the dipeptide-AuNP hybrid sphere is a promising matrix for application in the fabrication of electrochemical biosensors due to its excellent biocompatibility and good charge-transfer ability. PMID:25483915

  9. Study on the α-cyclodextrin/poly(ethylene glycol) self-assembly supramolecular nanoparticles for drug delivery

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    2010-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and drug delivery properties of a novel supramolecular nanoparticle.α-Cyclodextrins(α-CD) were threaded on cinnamic acid modified poly(ethylene glycol) to form inclusion complex nanoparticles by supramolecular self-assemble.The anti-tumor drug doxorubicin was loaded in the nanoparticles and released in vitro to study the drug release behavior and the anti-tumor effects.The structure and morphology of the nanoparticles were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance,X-ray diffraction,ultraviolet absorbance,dynamic laser scattering,scanning electronic microscopy,transmission electron microscopy and atom force microscopy.The distribution of the drug loaded nanoparticles in cells and the anti-tumor effects were studied by confocal laser microscopy.The results demonstrate that the supramolecular nanoparticle is biocompatible and it is a promising carrier for drug delivery systems.

  10. Improved insulin loading in poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles upon self-assembly with lipids.

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    García-Díaz, María; Foged, Camilla; Nielsen, Hanne Mørck

    2015-03-30

    Polymeric nanoparticles are widely investigated as drug delivery systems for oral administration. However, the hydrophobic nature of many polymers hampers effective loading of the particles with hydrophilic macromolecules such as insulin. Thus, the aim of this work was to improve the loading of insulin into poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles by pre-assembly with amphiphilic lipids. Insulin was complexed with soybean phosphatidylcholine or sodium caprate by self-assembly and subsequently loaded into PLGA nanoparticles by using the double emulsion-solvent evaporation technique. The nanoparticles were characterized in terms of size, zeta potential, insulin encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity. Upon pre-assembly with lipids, there was an increased distribution of insulin into the organic phase of the emulsion, eventually resulting in significantly enhanced encapsulation efficiencies (90% as compared to 24% in the absence of lipids). Importantly, the insulin loading capacity was increased up to 20% by using the lipid-insulin complexes. The results further showed that a main fraction of the lipid was incorporated into the nanoparticles and remained associated to the polymer during release studies in buffers, whereas insulin was released in a non-complexed form as a burst of approximately 80% of the loaded insulin. In conclusion, the protein load in PLGA nanoparticles can be significantly increased by employing self-assembled protein-lipid complexes.

  11. Self-assembling nanoparticles containing dexamethasone as a novel therapy in allergic airways inflammation.

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    Full Text Available Nanocarriers can deliver a wide variety of drugs, target them to sites of interest, and protect them from degradation and inactivation by the body. They have the capacity to improve drug action and decrease undesirable systemic effects. We have previously developed a well-defined non-toxic PEG-dendritic block telodendrimer for successful delivery of chemotherapeutics agents and, in these studies, we apply this technology for therapeutic development in asthma. In these proof-of-concept experiments, we hypothesized that dexamethasone contained in self-assembling nanoparticles (Dex-NP and delivered systemically would target the lung and decrease allergic lung inflammation and airways hyper-responsiveness to a greater degree than equivalent doses of dexamethasone (Dex alone. We found that ovalbumin (Ova-exposed mice treated with Dex-NP had significantly fewer total cells (2.78 ± 0.44 × 10(5 (n = 18 vs. 5.98 ± 1.3 × 10(5 (n = 13, P<0.05 and eosinophils (1.09 ± 0.28 × 10(5 (n = 18 vs. 2.94 ± 0.6 × 10(5 (n = 12, p<0.05 in the lung lavage than Ova-exposed mice alone. Also, lower levels of the inflammatory cytokines IL-4 (3.43 ± 1.2 (n = 11 vs. 8.56 ± 2.1 (n = 8 pg/ml, p<0.05 and MCP-1 (13.1 ± 3.6 (n = 8 vs. 28.8 ± 8.7 (n = 10 pg/ml, p<0.05 were found in lungs of the Dex-NP compared to control, and they were not lower in the Dex alone group. In addition, respiratory system resistance was lower in the Dex-NP compared to the other Ova-exposed groups suggesting a better therapeutic effect on airways hyperresponsiveness. Taken together, these findings from early-stage drug development studies suggest that the encapsulation and protection of anti-inflammatory agents such as corticosteroids in nanoparticle formulations can improve efficacy. Further development of novel drugs in nanoparticles is warranted to explore potential treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma.

  12. Self-assembled lecithin/chitosan nanoparticles for oral insulin delivery: preparation and functional evaluation

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Liyao Liu, Cuiping Zhou, Xuejun Xia, Yuling Liu State Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substance and Function of Natural Medicines, Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Delivery Technology and Novel Formulations, Department of Pharmaceutics, Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Here, we investigated the formation and functional properties of self-assembled lecithin/chitosan nanoparticles (L/C NPs loaded with insulin following insulin–phospholipid complex preparation, with the aim of developing a method for oral insulin delivery.Methods: Using a modified solvent-injection method, insulin-loaded L/C NPs were obtained by combining insulin–phospholipid complexes with L/C NPs. The nanoparticle size distribution was determined by dynamic light scattering, and morphologies were analyzed by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis was used to disclose the molecular mechanism of prepared insulin-loaded L/C NPs. Fast ultrafiltration and a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography assay were used to separate free insulin from insulin entrapped in the L/C NPs, as well as to measure the insulin-entrapment and drug-loading efficiencies. The in vitro release profile was obtained, and in vivo hypoglycemic effects were evaluated in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.Results: Our results indicated that insulin-containing L/C NPs had a mean size of 180 nm, an insulin-entrapment efficiency of 94%, and an insulin-loading efficiency of 4.5%. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy observations of insulin-loaded L/C NPs revealed multilamellar structures with a hollow core, encircled by several bilayers. In vitro analysis revealed that insulin release from L/C NPs depended on the L/C ratio. Insulin-loaded L/C NPs orally administered to streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats exerted a significant

  13. Insight into fractal self-assembly of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)/sodium carboxymethyl cellulose polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Qiang; An, Quanfu; Qian, Jinwen; Wang, Xuesan; Zhou, Yang

    2011-12-22

    Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-sodium carboxymethyl cellulose polyelectrolyte complexes (PDDA-CMCNa PECs) solids were prepared and dispersed in NaOH aqueous solution. Self-assembly of PECs nanoparticles during the solvent evaporation was examined by field emission electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and fractal dimension analysis. It was found that tree-shaped fractal patterns formed after the solvent (water) was dried at ambient temperatures, and the fractal pattern is composed of needle-shaped PEC aggregate (PECA) nanoparticles. Time-dependent FESEM observation revealed that the fractal pattern started with the formation of initial nucleon and it is growing, during which the diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) mechanism revealed and made the pattern branched. Physical insight into the DLA mechanism was discussed in detail. Effects of PEC concentrations, PEC compositions, solvent evaporation temperatures, pH of PEC dispersion, and chemical structures of PECs on the formation of self-assembled fractal pattern were studied. Generally, it was found that the morphologies, charge characters of PEC particles, and the solvent evaporation conditions play important roles during the fractal self-assembly process. PMID:22098094

  14. Synthesis of mercaptothiadiazole-functionalized gold nanoparticles and their self-assembly on Au substrates

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    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) stabilized with mercaptothiadiazole ligands, 2,5-dimercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (DMT), 5-amino-2-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (AMT) and 5-methyl-2-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (MMT), were prepared by the reaction of the respective ligands with HAuCl4 and NaBH4 in an aqueous medium. TEM images show that the average size of AuNPs was 6.5 ± 0.5 nm, irrespective of the capping ligands. The colloidal solution of both DMT-capped AuNPs (DMT-AuNPs) and AMT-capped AuNPs (AMT-AuNPs) were highly stable for several months. However, several changes were noticed for MMT-capped AuNPs (MMT-AuNPs) after 2 h from its formation. The SPR band intensity at 518 nm decreases and the narrow SPR absorption band slowly changes into a flat absorption pattern with a broad peak from 518 to 1000 nm which was accompanied by a colour change of the solution from red to purple and then blue and thereafter unchanged. The TEM image of MMT-AuNPs after 96 h shows that most of the spherical shape of the AuNPs assembled to form a nanowire-like structure. The observed changes may be due to the absence of a strong stabilizing force on the surface of the MMT-AuNPs. The amino and thiolate groups on the surface of the AMT-AuNPs and DMT-AuNPs, respectively, were directly self-assembled on Au electrodes. They exhibit excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of AA by enhancing its oxidation current twice in addition to more than 200 mV negative shift in the oxidation potential in contrast to bare Au electrode

  15. Inhalable self-assembled albumin nanoparticles for treating drug-resistant lung cancer.

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    Choi, Seong Ho; Byeon, Hyeong Jun; Choi, Ji Su; Thao, Lequang; Kim, Insoo; Lee, Eun Seong; Shin, Beom Soo; Lee, Kang Choon; Youn, Yu Seok

    2015-01-10

    Direct pulmonary delivery of anti-cancer agents is viewed as an effective way of treating lung cancer. Here, we fabricated inhalable nanoparticles made of human serum albumin (HSA) conjugated with doxorubicin and octyl aldehyde and adsorbed with apoptotic TRAIL protein (TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP). The octyl aldehyde and doxorubicin endowed HSA with significant hydrophobicity that facilitated self-assembly. TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP was found to have excellent particle size (~340nm), morphology, dispersability, and aerosolization properties. TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP displayed synergistic cytotoxicity and apoptotic activity in H226 lung cancer cells vs. HSA-NP containing TRAIL or Dox alone. TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP was well deposited in the mouse lungs using an aerosolizer, and TRAIL and Dox-HSA were found to be gradually released over 3days. The anti-tumor efficacy of pulmonary administered TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP was evaluated in BALB/c nu/nu mice bearing H226 cell-induced metastatic tumors. It was found that the tumors of H226-implanted mice treated with TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP were remarkably smaller and lighter than those of mice treated with TRAIL or Dox HSA-NP alone (337.5±7.5; 678.2±51.5; and 598.9±24.8mg, respectively). Importantly, this improved anti-tumor efficacy was found to be due to the synergistic apoptotic effects of Dox and TRAIL. In the authors' opinion, TRAIL/Dox HSA-NP offers a potential inhalable anti-lung cancer drug delivery system. Furthermore, the synergism displayed by combined use of Dox and TRAIL could be used to markedly reduce doxorubicin doses and minimize its side effects. PMID:25445703

  16. Role of block copolymer adsorption versus bimodal grafting on nanoparticle self-assembly in polymer nanocomposites.

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    Zhao, Dan; Di Nicola, Matteo; Khani, Mohammad M; Jestin, Jacques; Benicewicz, Brian C; Kumar, Sanat K

    2016-09-14

    We compare the self-assembly of silica nanoparticles (NPs) with physically adsorbed polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) copolymers (BCP) against NPs with grafted bimodal (BM) brushes comprised of long, sparsely grafted PS chains and a short dense carpet of P2VP chains. As with grafted NPs, the dispersion state of the BCP NPs can be facilely tuned in PS matrices by varying the PS coverage on the NP surface or by changes in the ratio of the PS graft to matrix chain lengths. Surprisingly, the BCP NPs are remarkably better dispersed than the NPs tethered with bimodal brushes at comparable PS grafting densities. We postulate that this difference arises because of two factors inherent in the synthesis of the NPs: In the case of the BCP NPs the adsorption process is analogous to the chains being "grafted to" the NP surface, while the BM case corresponds to "grafting from" the surface. We have shown that the "grafted from" protocol yields patchy NPs even if the graft points are uniformly placed on each particle. This phenomenon, which is caused by chain conformation fluctuations, is exacerbated by the distribution function associated with the (small) number of grafts per particle. In contrast, in the case of BCP adsorption, each NP is more uniformly coated by a P2VP monolayer driven by the strongly favorable P2VP-silica interactions. Since each P2VP block is connected to a PS chain we conjecture that these adsorbed systems are closer to the limit of spatially uniform sparse brush coverage than the chemically grafted case. We finally show that the better NP dispersion resulting from BCP adsorption leads to larger mechanical reinforcement than those achieved with BM particles. These results emphasize that physical adsorption of BCPs is a simple, effective and practically promising strategy to direct NP dispersion in a chemically unfavorable polymer matrix. PMID:27502154

  17. A novel approach to controlled self-assembly of pH-responsive thermosensitive homopolymer polyelectrolytes into stable nanoparticles.

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    Sedlák, Marián

    2016-06-01

    This review addresses the recent research progress in introducing and elaborating a novel approach to controlled polymer self-assembly into stable nanoparticles using pH-responsive thermosensitive homopolymer polyelectrolytes. Interesting aspect of this approach is that stable polymeric nanoparticles are formed from homopolymers of one type only and without any assembly-triggering additives. The process of their formation can be monitored online e.g. by light scattering and particle size can be finely custom tuned. Obtained nanoparticles have interesting properties and are very stable over long periods of time and over a broad range of salt concentrations including physiological conditions. Much effort was devoted not only to finding optimum experimental protocols and to characterizing resulting nanoparticles in detail, but also to understanding physical processes behind these successful protocols. PMID:26792020

  18. Using DNA to program the self-assembly of colloidal nanoparticles and microparticles

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    Rogers, W. Benjamin; Shih, William M.; Manoharan, Vinothan N.

    2016-03-01

    DNA is not just the stuff of our genetic code; it is also a means to design self-assembling materials. Grafting DNA onto nano- and microparticles can, in principle, ‘program’ them with information that tells them exactly how to self-assemble. Although fully programmable assembly has not yet been realized, the groundwork has been laid: with an understanding of how specific interparticle attractions arise from DNA hybridization, we can now make systems that reliably assemble in and out of equilibrium. We discuss these advances, and the design rules that will allow us to control — and ultimately program — the assembly of new materials.

  19. Target induced interfacial self-assembly of nanoparticles: A new platform for reproducible quantification of copper ions.

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    Yan, Ling; Zhang, Kun; Xu, Huiying; Ji, Ji; Wang, Yuning; Liu, Baohong; Yang, Pengyuan

    2016-09-01

    One of the main problems of the nanoparticle dispersion state change (e.g. from dispersion to aggregation) based surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection is that the dynamic process of such in-solution reactions is always uncontrollable. This leads to poor reproducibility from a narrow time window of all such strategies, and finally great difference between the data from the diverse methods, and even between various sample batches. To address such problem, a facile, rapid SERS quantification protocol has been developed relying on target induced nanoparticle self-assembly at oil/water interfaces for copper ions analysis. In response to copper, the core-molecule-shell (CMS) nanoparticles spontaneously migrate to the interface and are assembled into densely packed arrays generating strong plasmonic coupling, which enables stable, sensitive and selective Raman quantitation, as well as visual detection. Also, this strategy shows capability for determination of large scale samples as the products can be stable for at least three weeks, and has been successfully applied to real sample detection. The developed Target Induced Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Interface (TINSAI) can be employed to both visual test and Raman quantitative detection, which would provide a platform for on-site screening as well as high-throughput detection with high sensitivity and selectivity. PMID:27343603

  20. Superhydrophobic hybrid films prepared from silica nanoparticles and ionic liquids via layer-by-layer self-assembly

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    Zhang, Chenyun; Zhang, Shengnan; Gao, Picheng; Ma, Hongmin, E-mail: mahongmin2002@126.com; Wei, Qin

    2014-11-03

    The construction of superhydrophobic surfaces is of great interest in the fields of materials science and engineering. In this work, a class of hybrid thin films with controlled wetting property was prepared from silica nanoparticles and an ionic liquid via layer-by-layer self-assembly. Positively charged ionic liquid 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazoliumbromide ([C{sub 12}mim]Br) and negatively charged silica nanoparticles were alternatively adsorbed onto glass substrates. The silica nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, and the hybrid films were characterized by scanning electron microscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The wetting property of the bulk films was examined by water contact angle measurements. The hydrophobicity of surfaces originated from the formation of nanostructure and the hydrophobic property of the ionic liquid. The change in the layer numbers, concentration of NH{sub 3}·H{sub 2}O and the type of silica precursor (tetramethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane) could control the wettability. Under the optimum layer numbers and size of SiO{sub 2}, a superhydrophobic (SiO{sub 2}/[C{sub 12}mim]Br){sub 13} hybrid film with a contact angle of 152.3 ± 5.0° was obtained. - Highlights: • The combination of inorganic nanoparticles and ionic liquids • Superhydrophobic hybrid thin films with controlled wetting property • Layer-by-layer self-assembled nanostructures • Stability in superhydrophobic properties.

  1. Superhydrophobic hybrid films prepared from silica nanoparticles and ionic liquids via layer-by-layer self-assembly

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    The construction of superhydrophobic surfaces is of great interest in the fields of materials science and engineering. In this work, a class of hybrid thin films with controlled wetting property was prepared from silica nanoparticles and an ionic liquid via layer-by-layer self-assembly. Positively charged ionic liquid 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazoliumbromide ([C12mim]Br) and negatively charged silica nanoparticles were alternatively adsorbed onto glass substrates. The silica nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, and the hybrid films were characterized by scanning electron microscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The wetting property of the bulk films was examined by water contact angle measurements. The hydrophobicity of surfaces originated from the formation of nanostructure and the hydrophobic property of the ionic liquid. The change in the layer numbers, concentration of NH3·H2O and the type of silica precursor (tetramethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane) could control the wettability. Under the optimum layer numbers and size of SiO2, a superhydrophobic (SiO2/[C12mim]Br)13 hybrid film with a contact angle of 152.3 ± 5.0° was obtained. - Highlights: • The combination of inorganic nanoparticles and ionic liquids • Superhydrophobic hybrid thin films with controlled wetting property • Layer-by-layer self-assembled nanostructures • Stability in superhydrophobic properties

  2. Highly sensitive gold nanoparticles biosensor chips modified with a self-assembled bilayer for detection of Con A.

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    Guo, Caixin; Boullanger, Paul; Jiang, Long; Liu, Tao

    2007-03-15

    In this paper, an improved method for detection of Concanavalin A (Con A) with label-free optical biosensors is reported. 1-Dodecanethiol (DDT) was self-assembled onto gold nanoparticles which were deposited on glass slides, and then glycolipid molecules were inserted into dodecanethiol by physical interactions only. The recognition between Con A and carbohydrate was observed by UV-vis spectrophotometry. The absorption spectrum shifted when Con A was bound to the sugar residues of glycolipids immobilized onto nanogold slides, while almost no spectrum change was observed when another nonspecific protein molecule met the nanogold slides. The self-assembled bilayer on nanogold substrates had very high sensitivity for Con A, the minimum detection concentration of Con A can be down to 0.1 nM. In addition to the ultra sensitivity for investigating carbohydrate-lectin interaction, the self-assembled bilayer structure, is expected to replace many receptors which require time-consuming organic syntheses for the fixation to the transducer. The simplicity and sensitivity of this biosensor architecture once again show the prospect of nanogold application in biosensor.

  3. pH-Responsive reversible self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into nanovesicles

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    Fan, Chunfang; Bian, Tong; Shang, Lu; Shi, Run; Wu, Li-Zhu; Tung, Chen-Ho; Zhang, Tierui

    2016-02-01

    A novel system was reported to realize the reversible self-assembly and disassembly of Au nanovesicles (NVs) driven by pH stimuli with commercially available organic molecules, 4-mercaptobenzonic acid (4-MBA) and oleylamine (OL). Through adjusting deprotonation and protonation of 4-MBA, Au NVs demonstrated a good reversible self-assembly behavior. As a proof-of-concept, Rhodamine B was loaded into the vesicles to demonstrate the reversible pH-responsive controlled release.A novel system was reported to realize the reversible self-assembly and disassembly of Au nanovesicles (NVs) driven by pH stimuli with commercially available organic molecules, 4-mercaptobenzonic acid (4-MBA) and oleylamine (OL). Through adjusting deprotonation and protonation of 4-MBA, Au NVs demonstrated a good reversible self-assembly behavior. As a proof-of-concept, Rhodamine B was loaded into the vesicles to demonstrate the reversible pH-responsive controlled release. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, characterization, and Fig. S1-S4. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00044d

  4. Nanostructure Pt Electrode Obtained via Self-assembly of Nanoparticles on Conductive Oxide-coated Glass Substrate

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    WANG, Wei-Bo(王维波); LUO, Zhen(罗臻); XIAO, Xu-Rui(肖绪瑞); LIN, Yuan(林原)

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly of platinum nanoparticles were applied to fabrication of counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells on conductive oxide-coated glass substrate. The present Pt electrode exhibits high exchange current density of 220 mA/cm2, which is comparable to those prepared by electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering or thermal decomposition of platinum chloride. After analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that the catalyst was structurally characterized as nanosized platinum metal clusters and was continuously arranged on electrode surface. The present nanostructure electrode had high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine in organic solution.

  5. Self-assembled nanoparticles of modified-chitosan conjugates for the sustained release of dl-α-tocopherol

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    Quinones, Javier Perez; Gothelf, Kurt Vesterager; Kjems, Jørgen;

    2013-01-01

    Synthetic O6-succinylated chitosan and commercial glycol chitosan were covalently linked to dl-α-tocopheryl monoesters for controlled release of vitamin E. These conjugates formed self-assembled nanoparticles in aqueous solution with 254–496 nm mean diameters and dl-α-tocopherol contents between 27...... and 39% (w/w). The particles appeared as 40–75 nm almost spherical nanoparticles when studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy upon drying. Drug linking to chitosan matrix was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and proton NMR. Conjugates were also characterized by differential scanning...... calorimetry and wide-angle X-ray diffraction. In vitro tocopherol release studies performed in water at acid pH indicated a drug release dependence on drug content, hydrated particle sizes and employed chitosan derivative. Almost constant release rates were observed the first 7 h. The obtained nanoparticles...

  6. Comparative studies of mercapto thiadiazoles self-assembled on gold nanoparticle as ionophores for Cu(II) carbon paste sensors

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    Mashhadizadeh, Mohammad Hossein, E-mail: mashhadizadeh@yahoo.com [Faculty of Chemistry, Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khani, Hadi [Faculty of Chemistry, Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Foroumadi, Alireza [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 14174 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sagharichi, Parishad [Faculty of Chemistry, Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-04-30

    Comparative studies of the potentiometric behavior of three mercapto compounds [2-((5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylimino)methyl)phenol] (MTMP), [5-(2-methoxy benzylidene amino)-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-thiol] (MBYT) and [5-(pyridin-2-ylmethyleneamino)-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-thiol] (PYTT) self-assembled on gold nanoparticles (GNPs) as ionophores in carbon paste electrodes (CPEs) have been made. These mercapto thiadiazole compounds were self-assembled onto gold nanoparticles and then incorporated within carbon paste electrode. The self-assembled ionophores exhibit a high selectivity for copper ion (Cu{sup 2+}), in which the sulfur and nitrogen atoms in their structure play a role as the effective coordination donor site for the copper ion. These carbon paste electrodes were applied as indicator electrodes for potentiometric determination of copper ions. The sensor based on PYTT exhibits the working concentration range of 4.0 x 10{sup -9} to 7.0 x 10{sup -2} M and a Nernstian slope of 28.7 {+-} 0.3 mV decade{sup -1} of copper activity. The detection limit of electrode was 1.0 x 10{sup -9} M and potential response was pH independent across the range of 3.0-6.5. It exhibited a quick response time of <5 s and could be used for a period of 45 days. The ion selectivity of this electrode for Cu{sup 2+} was over 10{sup 4} times that for other metal cations. The application of prepared sensors has been demonstrated for the determination of copper ions in spiked water and natural water samples.

  7. Self-assembled lecithin/chitosan nanoparticles for oral insulin delivery: preparation and functional evaluation

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    Liu LY; Zhou CP; Xia XJ; Liu YL

    2016-01-01

    Liyao Liu, Cuiping Zhou, Xuejun Xia, Yuling Liu State Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substance and Function of Natural Medicines, Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Delivery Technology and Novel Formulations, Department of Pharmaceutics, Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Here, we investigated the formation and functional properties of self-assembled lecithin/chitosan nanoparti...

  8. pH-driven encapsulation of curcumin in self-assembled casein nanoparticles for enhanced dispersibility and bioactivity.

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    Pan, Kang; Luo, Yangchao; Gan, Yundi; Baek, Seung J; Zhong, Qixin

    2014-09-21

    The poor water solubility and bioactivity of lipophilic phytochemicals can be potentially improved by delivery systems. In this study, a low-cost, low-energy, and organic solvent-free encapsulation technology was studied by utilizing the pH-dependent solubility properties of curcumin and self-assembly properties of sodium caseinate (NaCas). Curcumin was deprotonated and dissolved, while NaCas was dissociated at pH 12 and 21 °C for 30 min. The subsequent neutralization enabled the encapsulation of curcumin in self-assembled casein nanoparticles. The degradation of curcumin under encapsulation conditions was negligible based on visible light and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The dissociation of NaCas at pH 12 and reassociation after neutralization were confirmed using dynamic light scattering and analytical ultracentrifugation. The curcumin encapsulated in casein nanoparticles showed significantly improved anti-proliferation activity against human colorectal and pancreatic cancer cells. The studied encapsulation method is promising to utilize lipophilic compounds in food or pharmaceutical industries. PMID:25082426

  9. Delivery of baicalein and paclitaxel using self-assembled nanoparticles: synergistic antitumor effect in vitro and in vivo

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Wei Wang,1,* Mei Xi,2,* Xuezhong Duan,1 Yong Wang,3 Fansheng Kong4 1Department of Chinese Medicine Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, General Hospital of Ji’nan Command, People’s Liberation Army, 2Emergency Department, The Fourth People’s Hospital of Ji’nan, Medical School, Tai Shan Medical College, 3Department of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, General Hospital of Ji’nan Command, People’s Liberation Army, 4Department of Hematology, General Hospital of Ji’nan Command, People’s Liberation Army, Ji’nan, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Purpose: Combination anticancer therapy is promising to generate synergistic anticancer effects to maximize the treatment effect and overcome multidrug resistance. The aim of the study reported here was to develop multifunctional, dual-ligand, modified, self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs for the combination delivery of baicalein (BCL and paclitaxel (PTX prodrugs.Methods: Prodrug of PTX and prodrug of BCL, containing dual-targeted ligands of folate (FA and hyaluronic acid (HA, were synthesized. Multifunctional self-assembled NPs for combination delivery of PTX prodrug and BCL prodrug (PTX-BCL were prepared and the synergistic antitumor effect was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The in vitro transfection efficiency of the novel modified vectors was evaluated in human lung cancer A549 cells and drug-resistant lung cancer A549/PTX cells. The in vivo antitumor efficiency and systemic toxicity of different formulations were further investigated in mice bearing A549/PTX drug-resistant human lung cancer xenografts.Results: The size of the PTX-BCL NPs was approximately 90 nm, with a positive zeta potential of +3.3. The PTX-BCL NPs displayed remarkably better antitumor activity over a wide range of drug concentrations, and showed an obvious synergism effect with CI50 values of 0.707 and 0.513, indicating that double

  10. Influence of Self-Assembled Alkanethiol Monolayers on Stochastic Amperometric On-Chip Detection of Silver Nanoparticles.

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    Krause, Kay J; Adly, Nouran; Yakushenko, Alexey; Schnitker, Jan; Mayer, Dirk; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Wolfrum, Bernhard

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the influence of self-assembled alkanethiol monolayers at the surface of platinum microelectrode arrays on the stochastic amperometric detection of citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles in aqueous solutions. The measurements were performed using a microelectrode array featuring 64 individually addressable electrodes that are recorded in parallel with a sampling rate of 10 kHz for each channel. We show that both the functional end group and the total length of the alkanethiol influence the charge transfer. Three different terminal groups, an amino, a hydroxyl, and a carboxyl, were investigated using two different molecule lengths of 6 and 11 carbon atoms. Finally, we show that a monolayer of alkanethiols with a length of 11 carbon atoms and a carboxyl terminal group can efficiently block the charge transfer of free nanoparticles in an aqueous solution.

  11. Reusable fluorescent sensor for captopril based on energy transfer from photoluminescent graphene oxide self-assembly multilayers to silver nanoparticles

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    Sun, Xiangying; Liu, Bin; Li, Shuchun; Li, Fang

    2016-05-01

    In this work we designed a self-assembly multilayers, in which photoluminescent graphene oxide was employed as a fluorescence probe. This multilayers film can effectively recognize captopril by resonance energy transfer from graphite oxide to silver nanoparticles. A new interfacial sensing method for captopril with high signal to noise ratio was established, by means of that multilayers was quenched by silver nanoparticles and subsequently recovered by adding captopril. The linear relation between intensity and captopril concentration was good, and the detection limit was found to be 0.1578 μM. Also, this novel detection platform demonstrated intriguing reusable properties, and the sensor could be repeated more than ten times without obviously losing its sensing performance.

  12. Optimization of Self-Assembled Chitosan/Streptokinase Nanoparticles and Evaluation of Their Cytotoxicity and Thrombolytic Activity.

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    Baharifar, Hadi; Tavoosidana, Gholamreza; Karimi, Roya; Bidgoli, Sepideh Arbabi; Ghanbari, Hossein; Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali; Amani, Amir

    2015-12-01

    In this study, the enzyme streptokinase (thrombolysis agent) and chitosan (Cs) nanoparticles were prepared by self-assembly. Using experimental design, chitosan concentration, solution pH and stirring time were studied as independent variables to identify their effects on size, polydispersity index (PDI) and loading efficiency of nanoparticles. Results showed that pH and concentration have a direct effect on size. Additionally, minimum PDI was observed at lowest values of concentration and highest values of stirring time. pH-5.6 was also necessary to obtain the smallest PDI and highest loading efficiency values. The model predicted that to obtain maximum loading efficiency and minimum size along with low PDI, optimum values are 0.5 mg/mL, 5.18 and 30 min for the Cs concentration, solution pH and stirring time, respectively. The corresponding mean ± SD values for experimentally prepared nanoparticles were 43 ± 10%, 526 ± 121 nm, 0.3 ± 0.2, respectively. MTT and euglobulin clot lysis assays on the optimized nanoparticles showed that chitosan/streptokinase nanoparticles have slightly toxic effect on human fetal lung fibroblast cells (Mrc-5), compared with chitosan and streptokinase alone as a control. Also, thrombolytic activity of encapsulated streptokinase in nanoparticles is decreased slightly in comparison with free streptokinase. However, the preparation keeps a good potency for use as a thrombolytic agent in vivo. PMID:26682458

  13. Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of myoglobin-antibody protein immobilized self-assembled gold nanoparticles on ITO-glass plate

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    Rajesh, E-mail: rajesh_csir@yahoo.com [Polymer and Soft Material Section, National Physical Laboratory (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Sharma, Vikash; Mishra, Sujeet K.; Biradar, Ashok M. [Polymer and Soft Material Section, National Physical Laboratory (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2012-01-16

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Mb-Ab was covalently bonded to carboxyl groups of the mixed MUA and MPA over self-assembled GNPs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This assembly on ITO-glass plate was used as an impedimetric immunosensor for myoglobin detection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High loading of Mb-Ab, on the GNPs results in a wide range of Mb-Ag detection from 0.01 {mu}g to 1.65 {mu}g mL{sup -1} Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The simple method and wide range of Mb-Ag detection makes this advantageous over other methods. - Abstract: We report a protein immobilized self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass plate. The protein-antibody, Mb-Ab, was covalently immobilized over the self-assembly of GNPs through a mixed SAM of 11-mercapto undecanoic acid (MUA) and 3-mercapto propionic acid (MPA) via carbodiimide coupling reaction using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N Prime -ethyl carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxy succinimide (NHS). The whole assembly was constructed on 0.25 cm{sup 2} area of ITO-glass plate (Mb-Ab/MUA-MPA/GNPs/APTES/ITO-glass) and an impedimetric study was carried out for its application in myoglobin detection. This prototype assembly was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and electrochemical techniques. The modified electrode showed an increased electron-transfer resistance on coupling with protein antigen, Mb-Ag, in the presence of a redox probe [Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sup 3-/4-}. Its exhibits an electrochemical impedance response to protein myoglobin-antigen, Mb-Ag, concentration in a linear range from 0.01 {mu}g to 1.65 {mu}g mL{sup -1} with a lowest detection limit of 1.4 ng mL{sup -1}.

  14. Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of myoglobin-antibody protein immobilized self-assembled gold nanoparticles on ITO-glass plate

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    Highlights: ► The Mb-Ab was covalently bonded to carboxyl groups of the mixed MUA and MPA over self-assembled GNPs. ► This assembly on ITO-glass plate was used as an impedimetric immunosensor for myoglobin detection. ► High loading of Mb-Ab, on the GNPs results in a wide range of Mb-Ag detection from 0.01 μg to 1.65 μg mL−1 ► The simple method and wide range of Mb-Ag detection makes this advantageous over other methods. - Abstract: We report a protein immobilized self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coated glass plate. The protein-antibody, Mb-Ab, was covalently immobilized over the self-assembly of GNPs through a mixed SAM of 11-mercapto undecanoic acid (MUA) and 3-mercapto propionic acid (MPA) via carbodiimide coupling reaction using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N′-ethyl carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxy succinimide (NHS). The whole assembly was constructed on 0.25 cm2 area of ITO-glass plate (Mb-Ab/MUA-MPA/GNPs/APTES/ITO-glass) and an impedimetric study was carried out for its application in myoglobin detection. This prototype assembly was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and electrochemical techniques. The modified electrode showed an increased electron-transfer resistance on coupling with protein antigen, Mb-Ag, in the presence of a redox probe [Fe(CN)6]3−/4−. Its exhibits an electrochemical impedance response to protein myoglobin-antigen, Mb-Ag, concentration in a linear range from 0.01 μg to 1.65 μg mL−1 with a lowest detection limit of 1.4 ng mL−1.

  15. Effects of self-assembled gold nanoparticles on YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films and devices

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    Michalowski, P.; Katzer, C.; Schmidl, F.; Seidel, P.

    2012-11-01

    In our work we prepared YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films with self-assembled gold nanoparticles on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. We carried out different experiments to determine the effects on the crystallographic properties of the YBCO matrix as well as of the gold nanoparticles. Furthermore, we investigated how the particles influence the superconducting parameters of the film, e.g. the critical temperature TC and the critical current density jC. To ascertain jC we employed magneto-optical Faraday microscopy. In addition, the YBCO film was deposited and structured on STO bi-crystal substrates, thus producing grain boundary Josephson junctions. We studied those junctions with respect to the normal state resistance RN, and the dependence of the critical current IC on the temperature T as well as on the magnetic flux Φ. Finally, we prepared direct current superconducting quantum interference device (dc-SQUID) gradiometers and embedded gold nanoparticles at well-defined areas such as only the antenna or the SQUID region. We measured the flux noise in a shielded environment using an ac-bias reversal technique and compared it with that of sensors without gold nanoparticles. Thus, we demonstrate a new preparation method and an innovative application of gold nanoparticles.

  16. Understanding the Formation of the Self-Assembly of Colloidal Copper Nanoparticles by Surfactant: A Molecular Velcro Raquel

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    Self-assembly procedure is employed to synthesize colloidal copper nanoparticles (ccNPs) with cationic surfactant in an environmentally friendly method. Scanning electron microscopy images provide a clear view of the ccNPs formed having an approximate size of 15 nm. The X-ray diffraction reveals that the ccNPs have the two types of copper oxide as well as the metallic copper. The new procedure shows that the cationic surfactant CTAB plays an important role in the understanding and development of self-assembly. There is a strong relationship between the ccNPs formation with the critical micelle concentration of the CTAB which influences both shape and size. The outcomes allowed the development of a molecular model for the ccNPs synthesis showing that the CTAB monomer on the surface has the function of a molecular velcro making the linkage of ccNPs to form an agglomerate with size around 600 nm. Finally, with the emerging new technologies, the synthesis of copper oxide takes a new perspective for their applicability in diverse integrated areas such as the flexible electronics and energy

  17. Systematic Study on the Self-Assembled Hexagonal Au Voids, Nano-Clusters and Nanoparticles on GaN (0001).

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    Pandey, Puran; Sui, Mao; Li, Ming-Yu; Zhang, Quanzhen; Kim, Eun-Soo; Lee, Jihoon

    2015-01-01

    Au nano-clusters and nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely utilized in various electronic, optoelectronic, and bio-medical applications due to their great potentials. The size, density and configuration of Au NPs play a vital role in the performance of these devices. In this paper, we present a systematic study on the self-assembled hexagonal Au voids, nano-clusters and NPs fabricated on GaN (0001) by the variation of annealing temperature and deposition amount. At relatively low annealing temperatures between 400 and 600°C, the fabrication of hexagonal shaped Au voids and Au nano-clusters are observed and discussed based on the diffusion limited aggregation model. The size and density of voids and nano-clusters can systematically be controlled. The self-assembled Au NPs are fabricated at comparatively high temperatures from 650 to 800°C based on the Volmer-Weber growth model and also the size and density can be tuned accordingly. The results are symmetrically analyzed and discussed in conjunction with the diffusion theory and thermodynamics by utilizing AFM and SEM images, EDS maps and spectra, FFT power spectra, cross-sectional line-profiles and size and density plots. PMID:26285135

  18. Systematic Study on the Self-Assembled Hexagonal Au Voids, Nano-Clusters and Nanoparticles on GaN (0001.

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    Full Text Available Au nano-clusters and nanoparticles (NPs have been widely utilized in various electronic, optoelectronic, and bio-medical applications due to their great potentials. The size, density and configuration of Au NPs play a vital role in the performance of these devices. In this paper, we present a systematic study on the self-assembled hexagonal Au voids, nano-clusters and NPs fabricated on GaN (0001 by the variation of annealing temperature and deposition amount. At relatively low annealing temperatures between 400 and 600°C, the fabrication of hexagonal shaped Au voids and Au nano-clusters are observed and discussed based on the diffusion limited aggregation model. The size and density of voids and nano-clusters can systematically be controlled. The self-assembled Au NPs are fabricated at comparatively high temperatures from 650 to 800°C based on the Volmer-Weber growth model and also the size and density can be tuned accordingly. The results are symmetrically analyzed and discussed in conjunction with the diffusion theory and thermodynamics by utilizing AFM and SEM images, EDS maps and spectra, FFT power spectra, cross-sectional line-profiles and size and density plots.

  19. BODIPY-based self-assembled nanoparticles as fluorescence turn-on sensor for the selective detection of zinc in human hair.

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    Jia, Ming-Yan; Wang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Niu, Li-Ya; Feng, Liang

    2016-11-15

    Zinc plays important roles in regulating physiological and pathological processes. Regrettably, mild to moderate zinc deficiency is common worldwide. Hair Zn(2+) concentration, which reflects a zinc storage status, is useful for tracking trends in zinc status within populations. In this work, we report BODIPY-based self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) as fluorescence turn-on sensor for the selective sensing of Zn(2+) in human hair. The BODIPY monomers (BAN) self-assemble in aqueous medium to form nonfluorescent NPs. In the presence of Zn(2+) ions, the NPs selectively show an obvious turn-on fluorescence change. This selective response of the NPs allows the determination and quantification of Zn(2+) in human hair with a detection limit of 61.3nM. This study demonstrates that the small molecule self-assembled nanoparticle is a versatile and useful tool, and shows great potential for applications in sensing of important analytes in biological systems. PMID:27209578

  20. Optimized modification of gold nanoparticles with a self-assembled monolayer for suppression of nonspecific binding in DNA assays

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    Esashika, Keiko; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2016-10-01

    Homogeneous DNA assays using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) require the reduction of nonspecific binding between AuNPs to improve sensitivity in detecting the target molecule. In this study, we employed alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for modifying the AuNP surface to attain both good dispersability and high hybridization efficiency. The alkanethiol SAMs enhance the repulsive interaction between AuNPs, reducing nonspecific binding and promoting the extension of surface-immobilized ssDNA into the solvent, thus enhancing the hybridization process. Introduction of oligoethylene glycol into the alkanethiol prevented nonspecific binding caused by the entanglement of alkane chains. Finally, the conditions were optimized by controlling the surface charge density through the introduction of a COOH group at the alkanethiol terminus, resulting in the complete blocking of nonspecific binding and the maintenance of high hybridization efficiency.

  1. A SERS and electrical sensor from gas-phase generated Ag nanoparticles self-assembled on planar substrates.

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    Wang, S; Tay, L-L; Liu, H

    2016-03-01

    Optical excitation of coupled plasmonic nanoparticles supports intense localized electromagnetic "hot-spots" which enable a variety of surface enhanced spectroscopies with the best known example being surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), currently of great interest for sensing applications. In this study, we present a novel SERS and electrical dual transduction chemical sensor based on gas-phase generated, negatively charged, silver nanoparticles self-assembled on glass slide forming a close-packed plasmonic monolayer thin-film that supports both SERS and electrical sensing. We demonstrate broad tunability of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensors through control of the nanoparticle (NP) deposition time which directly influences the plasmonic coupling between neghibouring NPs. This broad tunability supports strong SERS activity from visible to near infrared (NIR) excitation wavelengths. We performed SERS and electrical measurements of a non-resonant molecule 4-mercaptobenzonitrile (4-MBN) as a sample Raman reporter molecule to determine the SERS enhancement factor of our SERS substrate. We measured an average SERS enhancement factor of 10(7) from our close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensor. Films which were grown below or above one nanoparticle monolayer both exhibited significantly lower SERS performance in one or more of SERS enhancement factor (EF), uniformity or repeatability. Our close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensors are highly uniform from point-to-point across the entire substrate and showed good reproducibility from batch-to-batch. These qualities are highly desirable for quantifiable detection of chemical and biological molecules. As an example application, this type of substrates provides an affordable and reliable sensing and identification capability for combatting new and emerging chemical and biological threats in

  2. Enhanced bio-compatibility of ferrofluids of self-assembled superparamagnetic iron oxide-silica core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Narayanan, T N; Mary, A P Reena; Swalih, P K Anas; Kumar, D Sakthi; Makarov, D; Albrecht, M; Puthumana, Jayesh; Anas, Abdulaziz; Anantharaman, M R

    2011-03-01

    Self-assembled magnetic colloidal suspensions are sought after by material scientists owing to its huge application potential. The biomedical applications of colloidal nanoparticles necessitate that they are biocompatible, non-interacting, monodispersed and hence the synthesis of such nanostructures has great relevance in the realm of nanoscience. Silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles based ferrofluids were prepared using polyethylene glycol as carrier fluid by employing a controlled co-precipitation technique followed by a modified sol-gel synthesis. A plausible mechanism for the formation of stable suspension of SiO2-coated Iron Oxide nanoparticles with a size of about 9 nm dispersed in polyethylene glycol (PEG) is proposed. Core-shell nature of the resultant SiO2-Iron Oxide nanocomposite was verified using transmission electron microscopy. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy studies were carried out to understand the structure and nature of chemical bonds. The result suggests that Iron Oxide exist in an isolated state inside silica matrix. Moreover, the presence of silanol bonds establishes the hydrophilic nature of silica shell confirming the formation of stable ferrofluid with PEG as carrier fluid. The magnetic characterization reveals the superparamagnetic behavior of the nanoparticles with a rather narrow distribution of blocking temperatures. These properties are not seen in ferrofluids prepared from Iron Oxide nanoparticles without SiO2 coating. The latter suggests the successful tuning of the inter-particle interactions preventing agglomeration of nanoparticles. Cytotoxicity studies on citric acid coated water based ferrofluid and silica-coated PEG-based ferrofluid were evaluated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazole-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium chloride assay and it shows an enhanced compatibility for silica modified nanoparticles. PMID:21449334

  3. Hydrogen-plasma-induced magnetocrystalline anisotropy ordering in self-assembled magnetic nanoparticle monolayers

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembled two-dimensional arrays of either 14 nm hcp-Co or 6 nm ε-Co particle components were treated by hydrogen plasma for various exposure times. A change of hysteretic sample behavior depending on the treatment duration is reported, which can be divided in two time scales: oxygen reduction increases the particle magnetization during the first 20 min, which is followed by an alteration of the magnetic response shape. The latter depends on the respective particle species. Based on the Landau–Lifshitz equations for a discrete set of magnetic moments, we propose a model that relates the change of the hysteresis loops to a dipole-driven ordering of the magnetocrystalline easy axes within the particle plane due to the high spatial aspect ratio of the system.

  4. Self-assembled organic–inorganic magnetic hybrid adsorbent ferrite based on cyclodextrin nanoparticles

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    Ângelo M. L. Denadai

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Organic–inorganic magnetic hybrid materials (MHMs combine a nonmagnetic and a magnetic component by means of electrostatic interactions or covalent bonds, and notable features can be achieved. Herein, we describe an application of a self-assembled material based on ferrite associated with β-cyclodextrin (Fe-Ni/Zn/βCD at the nanoscale level. This MHM and pure ferrite (Fe-Ni/Zn were used as an adsorbent system for Cr3+ and Cr2O72− ions in aqueous solutions. Prior to the adsorption studies, both ferrites were characterized in order to determine the particle size distribution, morphology and available binding sites on the surface of the materials. Microscopy analysis demonstrated that both ferrites present two different size domains, at the micro- and nanoscale level, with the latter being able to self-assemble into larger particles. Fe-Ni/Zn/βCD presented smaller particles and a more homogeneous particle size distribution. Higher porosity for this MHM compared to Fe-Ni/Zn was observed by Brunauer–Emmett–Teller isotherms and positron-annihilation-lifetime spectroscopy. Based on the pKa values, potentiometric titrations demonstrated the presence of βCD in the inorganic matrix, indicating that the lamellar structures verified by transmission electronic microscopy can be associated with βCD assembled structures. Colloidal stability was inferred as a function of time at different pH values, indicating the sedimentation rate as a function of pH. Zeta potential measurements identified an amphoteric behavior for the Fe-Ni/Zn/βCD, suggesting its better capability to remove ions (cations and anions from aqueous solutions compared to that of Fe-Ni/Zn.

  5. Self-assembly of core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticles and their potential as drug delivery vehicles

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    Shen, Zhiqiang; Loe, David T.; Awino, Joseph K.; Kröger, Martin; Rouge, Jessica L.; Li, Ying

    2016-08-01

    Herein a new multifunctional formulation, referred to as a core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticle, has been proposed and studied in silico via large scale coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. A PEGylated core with surface tethered polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains is used as the starting configuration, where the free ends of the PEG chains are covalently bonded with lipid molecules (lipid heads). A complete lipid bilayer is formed at the surface of the PEGylated particle core upon addition of free lipids, driven by the hydrophobic properties of the lipid tails, leading to the formation of a CPLS nanoparticle. The self-assembly process is found to be sensitive to the grafting density and molecular weight of the tethered PEG chains, as well as the amount of free lipids added. At low grafting densities the assembly of CPLS nanoparticles cannot be accomplished. As demonstrated by simulations, a lipid bud/vesicle can be formed on the surface when an excess amount of free lipids is added at high grafting density. Therefore, the CPLS nanoparticles can only be formed under appropriate conditions of both PEG and free lipids. The CPLS nanoparticle has been recognized to be able to store a large quantity of water molecules, particularly with high molecular weight of PEG chains, indicating its capacity for carrying hydrophilic molecules such as therapeutic biomolecules or imaging agents. Under identical size and surface chemistry conditions of a liposome, it has been observed that the CPLS particle can be more efficiently wrapped by the lipid membrane, indicating its potential for a greater efficiency in delivering its hydrophilic cargo. As a proof-of-concept, the experimental realization of CPLS nanoparticles is explicitly demonstrated in this study. To test the capacity of the CPLS to store small molecule cargo a hydrophilic dye was successfully encapsulated in the particles' water soluble layer. The results of this study show the power and

  6. Self-assembled one-pot synthesis of red luminescent CdS:Mn/Mn(OH)2 nanoparticles

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    We report a novel method of growing red luminescent (635 nm) Mn-doped CdS (CdS:Mn) nanoparticles capped by an inorganic shell of Mn(OH)2. CdSO4, Na2S2O3 and Mn(NO3)2 were used as the precursors, and thioglycerol (C3H8O2S) was employed as the capping agent and also the catalyst of the reaction. Using these materials resulted in very slow rate of the reaction and particles growth. The self-assembled one-pot process was performed at pH of 8 and Mn:Cd ratio of 10, and took about 10 days for completion. CdS:Mn nanoparticles are slowly formed in the first day of the process; however, the luminescence is weak. After 7 days, the solution turns white turbid through the formation of additional particles, which precipitate on the walls on the next day. At this stage, a relatively strong red luminescence at 635 nm appears from transparent solution of the CdS:Mn nanoparticles. The white deposit on the walls turns to dark-brown color and luminescence increases on the 9th day. Finally, the CdS:Mn nanoparticles agglomerate and precipitate out of the solution on 10th day. X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy showed crystalline phase CdS nanoparticles with an average size of 3.6 nm. We explain the luminescence enhancement based on the formation of a Mn(OH)2 shell on the surface of the CdS:Mn nanoparticles during the precipitation stage. This can passivate the S dangling bonds located on the particles surface. As the surface Cd sites are previously capped with thioglycerol molecules, a complete surface passivation is achieved and results in emergence of high-intensity luminescence

  7. Seed-mediated growth of gold nanoparticles using self-assembled monolayer of polystyrene microspheres as nanotemplate arrays

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    Xiang Yan-Juan; Shen Jun; Zhou Wei-Ya; Zhou Jian-Jun; Wang Chao-Ying; Wang Gang; Wu Xiao-Chun; Liu Dong-Fang; Zhang Zeng-Xing; Song Li; Zhao Xiao-Wei; Liu Li-Feng; Luo Shu-Dong; Ma Wen-Jun

    2006-01-01

    Arrays of noble metal nanoparticles show potential applications in (bio-)sensing, optical storage, surface-enhanced spectroscopy, and waveguides. For all such potential devices, controlling the size, morphology, and interparticle spacing of the nanoparticles is very important. Here, we combine seed-mediated growth with nanosphere lithography to study the controllable growth of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), in which the self-assembly monolayer of polystyrene (PS)on a silicon surface is used to guide the modification of alkanesilanes and the subsequent adsorption of gold seeds;seed-mediated growth is applied to controlling the morphology and size of Au NPs. The size of adsorption region (determining the number of adsorbed gold seeds) is controlled by etching PS microspheres with oxygen plasma or annealing PS microspheres at the glass transition temperature. The size and morphology of the Au NPs are controlled by changing growth conditions. In such a way, we have achieved the dual control of the obtained Au NPs. Preliminary results show that this strategy holds a great promise. This approach can also be extended to a wide range of materials and substrates.

  8. Insitu synthesis of self-assembled gold nanoparticles on glass or silicon substrates through reactive inkjet printing

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    Abulikemu, Mutalifu

    2013-12-18

    A facile and low cost method for the synthesis of self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) with minimal size variation and chemical waste by using reactive inkjet printing was developed. Gold NPs with diameters as small as (8±2)nm can be made at low temperature (120 °C). The size of the resulting NPs can be readily controlled through the concentration of the gold precursor and oleylamine ink. The pure gold composition of the synthesized NPs was confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) analysis. High-resolution SEM (HRSEM) and TEM (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction revealed their size and face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure, respectively. Owing to the high density of the NP film, UV/Vis spectroscopy showed a red shift in the intrinsic plasmonic resonance peak. We envision the extension of this approach to the synthesis of other nanomaterials and the production of tailored functional nanomaterials and devices. Midas touch: The use of low-cost manufacturing approaches in the synthesis of nanoparticles is critical for many applications. Reactive inkjet printing, along with a judicious choice of precursor/solvent system, was used to synthesize a relatively uniform assembly of crystalline gold nanoparticles, with diameters as small as (8±2)nm, over a given substrate surface. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH.

  9. Supramolecular self-assembly of graphene oxide and metal nanoparticles into stacked multilayers by means of a multitasking protein ring

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    Ardini, Matteo; Golia, Giordana; Passaretti, Paolo; Cimini, Annamaria; Pitari, Giuseppina; Giansanti, Francesco; Leandro, Luana Di; Ottaviano, Luca; Perrozzi, Francesco; Santucci, Sandro; Morandi, Vittorio; Ortolani, Luca; Christian, Meganne; Treossi, Emanuele; Palermo, Vincenzo; Angelucci, Francesco; Ippoliti, Rodolfo

    2016-03-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a breakthrough precursor material for next-generation devices. However, this requires the transition of its two-dimensional layered structure into more accessible three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are a family of multitasking redox enzymes, self-assembling into ring-like architectures. Taking advantage of both their symmetric structure and function, 3D reduced GO-based composites are hereby built up. Results reveal that the ``double-faced'' Prx rings can adhere flat on single GO layers and partially reduce them by their sulfur-containing amino acids, driving their stacking into 3D multi-layer reduced GO-Prx composites. This process occurs in aqueous solution at a very low GO concentration, i.e. 0.2 mg ml-1. Further, protein engineering allows the Prx ring to be enriched with metal binding sites inside its lumen. This feature is exploited to both capture presynthesized gold nanoparticles and grow in situ palladium nanoparticles paving the way to straightforward and ``green'' routes to 3D reduced GO-metal composite materials.Graphene oxide (GO) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a breakthrough precursor material for next-generation devices. However, this requires the transition of its two-dimensional layered structure into more accessible three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are a family of multitasking redox enzymes, self-assembling into ring-like architectures. Taking advantage of both their symmetric structure and function, 3D reduced GO-based composites are hereby built up. Results reveal that the ``double-faced'' Prx rings can adhere flat on single GO layers and partially reduce them by their sulfur-containing amino acids, driving their stacking into 3D multi-layer reduced GO-Prx composites. This process occurs in aqueous solution at a very low GO concentration, i.e. 0.2 mg ml-1. Further, protein engineering allows the Prx ring to be enriched with metal binding sites inside its

  10. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Polyoxometalate-Based Hybrids Driven by Metal Coordination and Electrostatic Interactions: From Discrete Supramolecular Species to Dense Monodisperse Nanoparticles.

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    Izzet, Guillaume; Abécassis, Benjamin; Brouri, Dalil; Piot, Madeleine; Matt, Benjamin; Serapian, Stefano Artin; Bo, Carles; Proust, Anna

    2016-04-20

    The metal-driven self-assembly processes of a covalent polyoxometalate (POM)-based hybrid bearing remote terpyridine binding sites have been investigated. In a strongly dissociating solvent, a discrete metallomacrocycle, described as a molecular triangle, is formed and characterized by 2D diffusion NMR spectroscopy (DOSY), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and molecular modeling. In a less dissociating solvent, the primary supramolecular structure, combining negatively charged POMs and cationic metal linkers, further self-assemble through intermolecular electrostatic interactions in a reversible process. The resulting hierarchical assemblies are dense monodisperse nanoparticles composed of ca. 50 POMs that were characterized by SAXS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This multiscale organized system directed by metal coordination and electrostatic interactions constitutes a promising step for the future design of POM self-assemblies with controllable structure-directing factors. PMID:27019075

  11. A redox-responsive mesoporous silica nanoparticle capped with amphiphilic peptides by self-assembly for cancer targeting drug delivery

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    Xiao, Dong; Jia, Hui-Zhen; Ma, Ning; Zhuo, Ren-Xi; Zhang, Xian-Zheng

    2015-05-01

    A redox-responsive mesoporous silica nanoparticle (RRMSN) was developed as a drug nanocarrier by noncovalent functionalization of MSNs with amphiphilic peptides containing the RGD ligand. The alkyl chain stearic acid (C18) with a thiol terminal group was anchored on the surface of MSNs via a disulfide bond, and the amphiphilic peptide (AP) C18-DSDSDSDSRGDS was coated by self-assembly through hydrophobic interactions between the octadecyl groups of MSNs and alkyl chains of AP, which played the role of a gatekeeper collectively. In vitro drug release profiles demonstrated that the anticancer drug (DOX) could be entrapped with nearly no leakage in the absence of dithiothreitol (DTT) or glutathione (GSH). With the addition of DTT or GSH, the entrapped drug released quickly due to the cleavage of the disulfide bond. It was found that after the internalization of MSNs by cancer cells via the receptor-mediated endocytosis, the surface amphiphilic peptides and alkyl chain of RRMSN/DOX were removed to induce rapid drug release intracellularly after the cleavage of the disulfide bond, triggered by GSH secreted in cancer cells. This novel intelligent RRMSN/DOX drug delivery system using self-assembly of amphiphilic peptides around the MSNs provides a facile, but effective strategy for the design and development of smart drug delivery for cancer therapy.A redox-responsive mesoporous silica nanoparticle (RRMSN) was developed as a drug nanocarrier by noncovalent functionalization of MSNs with amphiphilic peptides containing the RGD ligand. The alkyl chain stearic acid (C18) with a thiol terminal group was anchored on the surface of MSNs via a disulfide bond, and the amphiphilic peptide (AP) C18-DSDSDSDSRGDS was coated by self-assembly through hydrophobic interactions between the octadecyl groups of MSNs and alkyl chains of AP, which played the role of a gatekeeper collectively. In vitro drug release profiles demonstrated that the anticancer drug (DOX) could be entrapped with

  12. Directed self assembly of polymer/nanoparticle composites controlled by internal and external fields

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    Lewin, Christian

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis the influence of solvent vapor annealing and external electric fields on poly-mer / nanoparticle composites has been investigated. Gold nanoparticle composite films were prepared with an SV block copolymer polymer as well as with PS and PMMA homopolymers and PS:PMMA blends.In the first part of this thesis SV block copolymer polymer / gold nanoparticle composite films were exposed to an external electric field. In situ SAXS measurements were performed to investigate the kinetics...

  13. Self-assembly of lysozyme on the surfaces of gold nanoparticles

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    Ming Hui Xiang; Xiao Xu; Na Li; Ke An Li

    2011-01-01

    The interaction of lysozyme (Lys) and gold nanoparticles was investigated via UV-vis absorption and resonance light-scattering method. There are some changes of the plasmon absorption and resonance light-scattering of gold nanoparticles that were observed via the addition of Lys. The normalized plasmon absorption and resonance light-scattering intensity with gold nanoparticles were both linear with 1-20 nmol/L Lys. A simple model about the component of the gold nanoparticles and Lys complex was established and the calculated result was fitted well in their concentration ratio. Furthermore, the activity analysis of Lys showed that the interaction was weak and nondestructive.

  14. Hematite nanoparticle monolayers on mica preparation by controlled self-assembly.

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    Oćwieja, Magdalena; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Morga, Maria; Bielańska, Elżbieta; Węgrzynowicz, Adam

    2012-11-15

    A stable suspension of α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) was synthesized according to the method of Matijevic and Scheiner by an acidic hydrolysis of ferric chloride. The average size of the particles was determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) and was 22 nm. The electrophoretic mobility and zeta potential of particles were determined as a function of ionic strength and pH. The zeta potential of the hematite particles was positive for pHAFM and SEM imaging. Particle deposition was diffusion controlled, with the initial rate proportional to the bulk concentration of particles. On the other hand, for long times, the saturation coverage was attained, increasing systematically with ionic strength. The deposition kinetic runs were adequately reflected by the random sequential adsorption (RSA) model. Additionally, particle desorption kinetics, from previously formed monolayers, were studied using the AFM and SEM methods. It was confirmed that hematite particle desorption was practically negligible within the time period of 60 h. Our experimental data proved, therefore, that it is feasible to produce uniform and stable hematite particle monolayers of desired coverage in self-assembly processes controlled by the bulk suspension concentration and the ionic strength. PMID:22909964

  15. Self-assembly of cellulose nanoparticles as electrolyte additive for capillary electrophoresis separation.

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    Huang, Dihui; Yang, Qin; Jin, Shanxia; Deng, Qianchun; Zhou, Ping

    2014-11-01

    In this work, a new cellulose derivative, octadecyl modified quaternized cellulose (ODMQC), was synthesized and used as additive in the background electrolyte for capillary electrophoresis. The derivative bearing hydrophobic groups and hydrophilic groups can self-assemble into a stable nano-scaled micelle structure in aqueous solution. When ODMQC was added in running buffer, the capillaries were shown to generate applicable anodal EOF over the investigated range of pH 3.0-12.0. Due to the lack of UV active groups, the ODMQC did not disturb the UV detection. It is shown that ODMQC-added capillaries allow the separation of basic proteins by reducing their adsorption onto the capillary wall. Also, the addition of ODMQC provides adequate separation of aromatic acids with low pKa values and improved separation of sulfa drugs. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the addition of ODMQC can incorporate an additional reversed-phase mechanism that improves the separation of neutral analytes. PMID:25262028

  16. Polymer/surfactant assisted self-assembly of nanoparticles into Langmuir–Blodgett films

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    Alejo, T.; Merchán, M.D. [Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, E-37008 Salamanca (Spain); Velázquez, M.M., E-mail: mvsal@usal.es [Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, E-37008 Salamanca (Spain); Pérez-Hernández, J.A. [Centro de Láseres Pulsados Ultraintensos (CLPU), E-37008 Salamanca (Spain)

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    We studied the ability of poly(octadecene-co-maleic anhydride) (PMAO) and a Gemini surfactant [C{sub 18}H{sub 37} (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}N{sup +}Br{sup −}–(CH{sub 2}){sub 2}–N{sup +}Br{sup −}(CH{sub 3}){sub 2} C{sub 18}H{sub 37}] (18-2-18) to assist in the self-assembly process of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) at the air–water interface. Results show that, while QD agglomeration is generally inhibited by the addition of these components to the Langmuir monolayer of QDs, structure of the film transferred onto mica by the Langmuir–Blodgett method is strongly affected by the dewetting process. Nucleation-and-growth of holes and spinodal-like dewetting were respectively observed in the presence of either PMAO or 18-2-18. When PMAO/18-2-18 mixtures were used, both mechanisms were allowed; nevertheless, even in films prepared with mixtures of low polymer contents, characteristic morphology from the polymer dewetting route prevailed. Highlights: ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/polymer. ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/Gemini surfactant. ► Dewetting mechanisms.

  17. Self-assembling peptide-based nanoparticles enhance anticancer effect of ellipticine in vitro and in vivo

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Yan Wu,1,* Parisa Sadatmousavi,2,* Rong Wang,1 Sheng Lu,2 Yong-fang Yuan,1 P. Chen21Department of Pharmacy, No. 3 People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, People's Republic of China; 2Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada *Both authors contributed equally to this work.Background and methods: Applications of the anticancer agent, ellipticine, have been limited by its hydrophobicity and toxicity. An efficient delivery system is required to exploit the enormous potential of this compound. Recently, EAK16-II, an ionic-complementary, self-assembling peptide, has been found to stabilize ellipticine in aqueous solution. Here, the anticancer activity of ellipticine encapsulated in EAK16-II (EAK-EPT was evaluated in vitro and in vivo.Results: Our cellular uptake, toxicity, and apoptosis results in an A549 human lung carcinoma cell line indicate that EAK-EPT complexes are significantly more effective than treatment with EAK16-II or ellipticine alone. This is due to the ability of EAK16-II to stabilize ellipticine in a protonated state in well formed nanostructures approximately 200 nm in size. In vivo observations in an A549 nude mouse tumor model show higher antitumor activity and lower cytotoxicity of EAK-EPT complexes than in the control group treated with ellipticine alone. Tumor growth in animals was significantly inhibited after treatment with EAK-EPT complexes, and without any apparent side effects.Conclusion: The anticancer activity observed in this study coupled with minimal side effects encourages further development of peptide-mediated delivery of anticancer drugs, ellipticine in the present case, for clinical application.Keywords: self-assembling peptide, EAK16-II, ellipticine, nanoparticles, drug delivery, antitumor

  18. Oxidation and sensing of ascorbic acid and dopamine on self-assembled gold nanoparticles incorporated within polyaniline film

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    Chu, Wenya; Zhou, Qun; Li, Shuangshuang; Zhao, Wei; Li, Na; Zheng, Junwei

    2015-10-01

    Electrochemical biosensors based on conducting polymers incorporated with metallic nanoparticles can greatly enhance sensitivity and selectivity. Herein, we report a facile fabrication approach for polyaniline (PAN) incorporated with a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) composite electrode by electrodeposition of PAN on a self-assembled AuNP layer on the surface of an indium tin oxide electrode. The resulting AuNP/PAN composite electrode exhibits a remarkable synergistic effect on the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) and dopamine (DA). It is demonstrated that the oxidation reaction of AA mainly occurs at AuNPs inside the PAN film as the ascorbate anions are doped into the polymer during the oxidation of the PAN film. Conversely, the oxidation of positively charged DA may only take place at the PAN/solution interface. The different mechanisms of the electrode reactions result in the oxidation of AA and DA occurring at different potentials. As a result, the AuNP/PAN composite electrode can be employed to simultaneously detect AA and DA with a good linear range, high sensitivity, and low detection limit.

  19. Self-assembling behaviour of Pt nanoparticles onto surface of TiO2 and their resulting photocatalytic activity

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    M Qamar; Ashok K Ganguli

    2013-11-01

    In the present study, self-assembling behaviour of guest nanoparticles (platinum) onto the surface of host support (titanium dioxide) during photodeposition process as a function of solution pH has been explored in detail by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM). The photocatalytic activity of the resulting bimetallic nanoassembly (Pt/TiO2) was evaluated by studying the degradation of two organic pollutants viz. triclopyr and methyl orange. Microscopic studies revealed that the deposition and/or distribution of Pt nanoparticles onto the surface of TiO2 were strongly guided by the ionization state of support which in turn was regulated by the solution pH of photodeposition process. A direct relationship between the solution pH of deposition process and the photocatalytic activity of resulting bimetallic catalyst has been observed. A mechanism based on the interparticle interaction between TiO2 and hydrolytic products of metal ions has been proposed for the differences in the photocatalytic activity of the resulting nanocomposite.

  20. Solvothermal synthesis of magnetic Fe3O4 microparticles via self-assembly of Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Wei Zhang; Fenglei Shen; Ruoyu Hong

    2011-01-01

    Ferromagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized and then self-assembled into microparticles via a solvothermal method, using FeCI3.6H2O as the iron source, sodium oleate as the surfactant, and ethylene glycol as the reducing agent and solvent. The obtained Fe3O4 microparticles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The size and morphology of the particles were examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The Fe3O4 microparticles of nearly monodisperse diameters, controllable in the range of 120-400 nm, consist of assemblies of Fe3O4nanoparticles with a diameter of 22 nm. The effects of reaction time, amount of surfactant and NaAc on the products were discussed. Interestingly, by using the pre-synthesized Fe3O4 microparticles as the growth substrates, spherical and smooth-looking Fe3O4 microparticles with average diameter of lμmwere obtained. A plausible formation process was discussed.

  1. Self-assembling micelle-like nanoparticles with detachable envelopes for enhanced delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics.

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    Battogtokh, Gantumur; Ko, Young Tag

    2014-03-01

    In spite of the great potential of nucleic acids as therapeutic agents, the clinical application of nucleic acid therapeutics requires the development of effective systemic delivery strategies. In an effort to develop effective nucleic acid delivery systems suitable for clinical application, we previously reported a self-assembling micelle-like nanoparticle that was based on phospholipid-polyethylenimine conjugates, i.e., "micelle-like nanoparticles" (MNPs). In this study, we aimed to improve the system by enhancing the efficiency of intracellular delivery of the payload via pH-responsive detachment of the monolayer envelope and release of the nucleic acid therapeutics upon reaching the target tissues with an acidic pH, e.g., tumors. The acid-cleavable phospholipid-polyethylenimine conjugate was synthesized via hydrazone bond, and acid-cleavable MNPs were then prepared and characterized as before. We evaluated the acid-cleavable MNP construct for in vitro and in vivo nucleic acid delivery efficiency using cultured tumor cells and tumor-bearing mice. The acid-cleavable nanocarrier showed an enhanced cellular delivery at pH 6.5 as compared to pH 7.4, whereas the noncleavable nanocarrier did not show any differences. Tail vein injections also led to enhanced intracellular uptake of the acid-cleavable nanocarrier compared to the noncleavable nanocarrier into tumor cells of tumor-bearing mice although no significant difference was observed in total tumor accumulation.

  2. Self-assembly of core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticles and their potential as drug delivery vehicles

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    Shen, Zhiqiang; Loe, David T.; Awino, Joseph K.; Kröger, Martin; Rouge, Jessica L.; Li, Ying

    2016-08-01

    Herein a new multifunctional formulation, referred to as a core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticle, has been proposed and studied in silico via large scale coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. A PEGylated core with surface tethered polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains is used as the starting configuration, where the free ends of the PEG chains are covalently bonded with lipid molecules (lipid heads). A complete lipid bilayer is formed at the surface of the PEGylated particle core upon addition of free lipids, driven by the hydrophobic properties of the lipid tails, leading to the formation of a CPLS nanoparticle. The self-assembly process is found to be sensitive to the grafting density and molecular weight of the tethered PEG chains, as well as the amount of free lipids added. At low grafting densities the assembly of CPLS nanoparticles cannot be accomplished. As demonstrated by simulations, a lipid bud/vesicle can be formed on the surface when an excess amount of free lipids is added at high grafting density. Therefore, the CPLS nanoparticles can only be formed under appropriate conditions of both PEG and free lipids. The CPLS nanoparticle has been recognized to be able to store a large quantity of water molecules, particularly with high molecular weight of PEG chains, indicating its capacity for carrying hydrophilic molecules such as therapeutic biomolecules or imaging agents. Under identical size and surface chemistry conditions of a liposome, it has been observed that the CPLS particle can be more efficiently wrapped by the lipid membrane, indicating its potential for a greater efficiency in delivering its hydrophilic cargo. As a proof-of-concept, the experimental realization of CPLS nanoparticles is explicitly demonstrated in this study. To test the capacity of the CPLS to store small molecule cargo a hydrophilic dye was successfully encapsulated in the particles' water soluble layer. The results of this study show the power and

  3. Effect of linoleic-acid modified carboxymethyl chitosan on bromelain immobilization onto self-assembled nanoparticles

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    2008-01-01

    Hydrogel nanoparticles could be prepared by using linoleic acid (LA) modified carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) after sonication.Bromelain could be loaded onto nanoparticles of LA-CMCS.Factors affecting the activity of the immobilized enzyme,including temperature,storage etc.,were investigated in this study.The results showed that the stability of bromelain for heat and storage was improved after immobilization on nanoparticles.The Michaelis constant (Km) of the immobilized enzyme was smaller than that of free enzyme,indicating that the immobilization could promote the stability of the enzyme and strengthen the affinity of the enzyme for the substrate.

  4. Self-Assembled Structures of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles on Solid Substrates

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    LIU Yulan; HE Shengtai; HUANG Keyang

    2011-01-01

    With a two-phase method,well-dispersed 5.2 nm Ag nanoparticles with narrow size distribution (±0.5 nm) are synthesized.The assembled structures of colloidal Ag nanoparticles on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG),silicon chip and microscopic glass have been investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM).With different spin-coating speeds and concentrations of colloidal silver nanoparticles,various assembly structures could form on those substrates.On HOPG,Ag nanoparticles were absorbed and aligned along single-atom-height step edges to form a linear one-layer structure.And on silicon chip and microscopic glass,one-layer closed packing fractal structure and two-layer closed packing ring were observed respectively.

  5. Synthesis and magnetic properties of self-assembled FeRh nanoparticles

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    Jia, Z.; Harrell, J. W.; Misra, R. D. K.

    2008-07-01

    We report here the synthesis and magnetization behavior of tunable FeRh magnetic nanoparticles with both controllable composition and size. FexRh1-x (x=0.35,0.44,0.51) nanoparticles of 4-20nm size range were fabricated using a polyol coreduction process. The stoichiometry of FexRh1-x nanoparticles was altered by tuning the molar ratio of rhodium acetylacetonate and iron acetylacetonate. The particle size was tunable via control of surfactant concentration. Magnetic measurements were made for films of the particles cast onto silicon wafers. The coercivity of Fe51Rh49 nanoparticles was ˜250Oe at room temperature after annealing at 700°C for 2h, indicating CsCl-type phase transition. The temperature dependent magnetization measurement of annealed Fe51Rh49 confirmed the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition and was supported by x-ray diffraction measurements.

  6. Dispersions of Semiconductor Nanoparticles in Thermotropic Liquid Crystal: From Optical Modification to Assisted Self-Assembly

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    Rodarte, Andrea L.

    2014-01-01

    The interaction of semiconducting quantum dot nanoparticles (QDs) within thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) materials are studied in this thesis. LC materials are ideal for bottom-up organization of nanoparticles as an active matrix that can be externally manipulated via electric or magnetic fields. In addition, the optical properties of QDs can be modified by the surrounding LC resulting in novel devices such as a quantum dot/liquid crystal laser. The first system studies the dispersion of...

  7. Surface functionalisation for the self-assembly of nanoparticle/polymer multilayer films

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    The use of organosilanes as surface functionalising materials has been investigated as a precursor to the adsorption of ligand stabilised gold nanoparticles and the build-up of nanoparticle/polymer multilayer films. The purpose of surface functionalisation here is to produce a uniform surface with the maximum positive charge possible to enable the efficient adsorption of negatively charged gold nanoparticles. It is generally acknowledged that the characteristics of the first layer are important in determining the quality of the subsequent multilayer film and hence careful attention has been paid to its optimisation. Three aminosilanes have been investigated together with various methods for their deposition. The degree of nanoparticle adsorption in the resulting films was characterised using atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The surface potential of the aminosilane films was also measured to provide information regarding the surface charge density. Our results show a strong correlation between the nanoparticle density and the initial surface charge density. Films of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane adsorbed from toluene yielded the highest level of nanoparticle adsorption

  8. Programmable Wrinkling of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Films on Shape Memory Polymers.

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    Gabardo, Christine M; Yang, Jie; Smith, Nathaniel J; Adams-McGavin, Robert C; Soleymani, Leyla

    2016-09-27

    Hierarchically structured materials, inspired by sophisticated structures found in nature, are finding increasing applications in a variety of fields. Here, we describe the fabrication of wrinkled gold nanoparticle films, which leverage the structural tunability of gold nanoparticles to program the wavelength and amplitude of gold wrinkles. We have carefully examined the structural evolution and tuning of these wrinkled surfaces through varying nanoparticle parameters (diameter, number of layers, density) and substrate parameters (number of axes constrained during wrinkling) through scanning electron microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. It is found that nanoparticle layers of sufficient density are required to obtain periodical wrinkled structures. It was also found that tuning the nanoparticle diameter and number of layers can be used to program the wrinkle wavelength and amplitude by changing the film thickness and mechanical properties. This dual degree of tunability, not previously seen with continuous films, allows us to develop one of the smallest wrinkles developed to date with tunability in the sub-100 nm regime. The effect of the induced structural tunability on the enhancement of the intensity of the 4-mercaptopyridine Raman spectra is also studied through the application of these devices as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), where wrinkling proves to be an effective method for enhancing the SERS signal in cases where there is an inherently low density of gold nanoparticles.

  9. Nanostructured medical device coatings based on self-assembled poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Dayyoub, Eyas [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Hobler, Christian [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Nonnweiler, Pierina [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Keusgen, Michael [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Bakowsky, Udo, E-mail: ubakowsky@aol.com [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Here we present a new method for providing nanostructured drug-loaded polymer films which enable control of film surface morphology and delivery of therapeutic agents. Silicon wafers were employed as models for implanted biomaterials and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles were assembled onto the silicon surface by electrostatic interaction. Monolayers of the PLGA particles were deposited onto the silicon surface upon incubation in an aqueous particle suspension. Particle density and surface coverage of the silicon wafers were varied by altering particle concentration, incubation time in nanoparticle suspension and ionic strength of the suspension. Dye loaded nanoparticles were prepared and assembled to silicon surface to form nanoparticle films. Fluorescence intensity measurements showed diffusion-controlled release of the dye over two weeks and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that these particles remained attached to the surface during the incubation time. This work suggests that coating implants with PLGA nanoparticles is a versatile technique which allows drug release from the implant surface and modulation of surface morphology. - Highlights: • Mono-layer PLGA nanoparticle coatings were fabricated on silicon wafers by electrostatic interactions. • Surface coverage with the particles (coating morphology) was varied by changing preparation parameters. • The coatings were loaded with fluorescence dye and this was released in PBS. • The coatings have the potential to alter surface morphology in nanorange and release biomolecules.

  10. Self-assembling polymeric nanoparticles for enhanced intra-articular anti-inflammatory protein delivery

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    Whitmire, Rachel Elisabeth

    Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 26 million Americans, or approximately 14% of the adult population. The incidence of OA is predicted to dramatically increase in the next 20 years as the US grows older and the rate of obesity continues to increase. There are currently no clinical interventions that cure OA. Current biomaterial delivery systems exhibit several limitations. First, most drug-delivery particles are hydrophobic, which is not optimal for hydrophilic protein encapsulation. Second, hydrophobic particles, such as PLGA, could cause wear damage to the already-fragile OA cartilage structure. Additionally, these particles usually suffer from non-specific protein adsorption, which causes increased phagocytosis and can lead to increased inflammation. New therapies that increase the effectiveness of OA treatments or reverse OA disease progression will greatly decrease the economic costs and individual pain associated with this disease. The goal of this thesis was to develop a new drug-delivering material to deliver anti-inflammatory protein for treating OA. Our central hypothesis for this work is that a controlled release/presentation system will more effectively deliver anti-inflammatory protein therapies to the OA joint. The primary goal of this work was to synthesize a block copolymer that could self-assemble into injectable, sub-micron-scale particles and would allow an anti-inflammatory protein, IL-1ra, to be tethered to its surface for efficient protein delivery. The block copolymer incorporated an oligo-ethylene monomer for tissue compatibility and non-fouling behavior, a 4-nitrophenol group for efficient protein tethering, and cyclohexyl methacrylate, a hydrophobic monomer, for particle stability. We engineered the copolymer and tested it in both in vitro culture experiments and an in vivo model to evaluate protein retention in the knee joint. The rationale for this project was that the rational design and synthesis of a new drug- and protein

  11. Self-assembly of Ag-TiO2 Nanoparticles:Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Application

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    WANG Xin; LIU Xiaoheng; WANG Xinyun

    2012-01-01

    The formation of Ag clusters on titanium oxide (TiO2) nanoparticles was achieved by selfassembly process and calcination.The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),transmission electron microscopy (TEM),and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis),and conventional techniques (XRD,TEM and UV-Vis) were used to identify Ag particles on the TiO2 surfaces.The results show that Ag-TiO2 particles can be applied to improve catalytic activity of the epoxidation of styrene oxides.Styrene oxide is the main product of catalytic reaction with H2O2 as the oxidant by using Ag-TiO2 nanoparticles as catalysts.High catalytic activitity of styrene oxide can be obtainable at 80 ℃.The reaction temperature,reaction time,the molar ratio of H2O2/styrene and solvent affect greatly the catalytic epoxidation of styrene.

  12. Tripodal osmium polypyridyl complexes for self-assembly on platinum nanoparticles

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    P. Contreras-Carballada; F. Edafe; F.D. Tichelaar; P. Belser; L. De Cola; R.M. Williams

    2011-01-01

    The combination of platinum nanoparticles with a tripodal osmium complex that anchors to the metal surface leads, under visible light irradiation, to the formation of solvated electrons. The formation kinetics is limited by the detachment of the electron from the platinum surface into the solution,

  13. Self-assembled and responsive supramolecular nanoparticles mediated by cucurbit[8]uril host-guest interactions

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    Stoffelen, Carmen

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular nanoparticles (SNPs) have gained large interest in nanoscience because stable, but reversible three-dimensional assemblies can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from stimuli-responsive and self-healing materials to biomedical applications. In particular soft SNPs are prom

  14. Targeted non-covalent self-assembled nanoparticles based on human serum albumin

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    Bunschoten, Anton; Buckle, Tessa; Kuil, Joeri; Luker, Gary D.; Luker, Kathryn E.; Nieweg, Omgo; van Leeuwen, Fijs W. B.

    2012-01-01

    Human serum albumin (HSA) is a biological nanocarrier that forms non-covalent complexes with a number of synthetic and biomolecules. Previously we demonstrated radiolabeled HSA-based nanoparticles can form non-covalent complexes with fluorescent cyanine dyes yielding imaging agents for surgical guid

  15. Functionalized self-assembly of gold nanoparticles functionalized with amino acids and aleurone globular protein

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    Tomoaia-Cotisel, Maria; Mocanu, Aurora; Horovitz, Ossi; Indrea, Emil; Tomoaia, Gheorghe; Bratu, Ioan

    2009-01-01

    Gold colloidal aqueous solutions were synthesized and characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and TEM. Gold films were prepared on silanized glass slides at room temperature and with thermal treatment. The interaction of gold nanoparticles with biomolecules (amino acids, protein) was studied using UV-Vis spectroscopy, AFM, TEM and X-ray diffraction.

  16. Self-assembly of core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticles and their potential as drug delivery vehicles.

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    Shen, Zhiqiang; Loe, David T; Awino, Joseph K; Kröger, Martin; Rouge, Jessica L; Li, Ying

    2016-08-21

    Herein a new multifunctional formulation, referred to as a core-polyethylene glycol-lipid shell (CPLS) nanoparticle, has been proposed and studied in silico via large scale coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. A PEGylated core with surface tethered polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains is used as the starting configuration, where the free ends of the PEG chains are covalently bonded with lipid molecules (lipid heads). A complete lipid bilayer is formed at the surface of the PEGylated particle core upon addition of free lipids, driven by the hydrophobic properties of the lipid tails, leading to the formation of a CPLS nanoparticle. The self-assembly process is found to be sensitive to the grafting density and molecular weight of the tethered PEG chains, as well as the amount of free lipids added. At low grafting densities the assembly of CPLS nanoparticles cannot be accomplished. As demonstrated by simulations, a lipid bud/vesicle can be formed on the surface when an excess amount of free lipids is added at high grafting density. Therefore, the CPLS nanoparticles can only be formed under appropriate conditions of both PEG and free lipids. The CPLS nanoparticle has been recognized to be able to store a large quantity of water molecules, particularly with high molecular weight of PEG chains, indicating its capacity for carrying hydrophilic molecules such as therapeutic biomolecules or imaging agents. Under identical size and surface chemistry conditions of a liposome, it has been observed that the CPLS particle can be more efficiently wrapped by the lipid membrane, indicating its potential for a greater efficiency in delivering its hydrophilic cargo. As a proof-of-concept, the experimental realization of CPLS nanoparticles is explicitly demonstrated in this study. To test the capacity of the CPLS to store small molecule cargo a hydrophilic dye was successfully encapsulated in the particles' water soluble layer. The results of this study show the power and

  17. Self-assembly of nanoparticles onto the surfaces of polystyrene spheres with a tunable composition and loading

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    Functional colloidal materials were prepared by design through the self-assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) on the surfaces of polystyrene (PS) spheres with control over NP surface coverage, NP-to-NP spacing, and NP composition. The ability to control and fine tune the coating was extended to the first demonstration of the co-assembly of NPs of dissimilar composition onto the same PS sphere, forming a multi-component coating. A broad range of NP decorated PS (PS@NPs) spheres were prepared with uniform coatings attributed to electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions between stabilizing groups on the NPs and the functionalized surfaces of the PS spheres. This versatile two-step method provides more fine control than methods previously demonstrated in the literature. These decorated PS spheres are of interest for a number of applications, such as catalytic reactions where the PS spheres provide a support for the dispersion, stabilization, and recovery of NP catalysts. The catalytic properties of these PS@NPs spheres were assessed by studying the catalytic degradation of azo dyes, an environmental contaminant detrimental to eye health. The PS@NPs spheres were used in multiple, sequential catalytic reactions while largely retaining the NP coating. (paper)

  18. Self-assembly of palladium nanoparticles on functional TiO2 nanotubes for a nonenzymatic glucose sensor.

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    Chen, Xianlan; Li, Gang; Zhang, Guowei; Hou, Keyu; Pan, Haibo; Du, Min

    2016-05-01

    Polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride, PDDA, was used as a stabilizer and linker for functionalized TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs). Self-assembled process with palladium nanoparticles (NPs) was successfully synthesized and used for the oxidation of glucose on glassy carbon electrodes. Based on the voltammetric and amperometric results, Pd NPs efficiently catalyzed the oxidation of glucose at -0.05 V in the presence of 0.1 M NaCl and showed excellent resistance toward interference poisoning from such interfering species as ascorbic acid, uric acid and urea. To further increase sensitivity, the Pd NPs-PDDA-TiO2 NTs/GCE was electrochemically treated with H2SO4 and NaOH, the glucose oxidation current was magnified 2.5 times than that before pretreatments due to greatly enhancing the electron transport property of the sensor based on the increased defect sites and surface oxide species. In view of the physiological level of glucose, the wide linear concentration range of glucose (4×10(-7)-8×10(-4)M) with a detection limit of 8×10(-8)M (S/N=3) was obviously good enough for clinical application. PMID:26952430

  19. Intracellular Self-Assembly of Cyclic d-Luciferin Nanoparticles for Persistent Bioluminescence Imaging of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase.

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Fuqiang; Tang, Wei; Ding, Zhanling; Wang, Lin; Liang, Lili; Zheng, Zhen; Zhang, Huafeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2016-07-26

    Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) overexpression induces several disorder symptoms in nerve systems, and therefore long-term tracing of FAAH activity in vivo is of high importance but remains challenging. Current bioluminescence (BL) methods are limited in detecting FAAH activity within 5 h. Herein, by rational design of a latent BL probe (d-Cys-Lys-CBT)2 (1), we developed a "smart" method of intracellular reduction-controlled self-assembly and FAAH-directed disassembly of its cyclic d-luciferin-based nanoparticles (i.e., 1-NPs) for persistent BL imaging of FAAH activity in vitro, in cells, and in vivo. Using aminoluciferin methyl amide (AMA), Lys-amino-d-luciferin (Lys-Luc), and amino-d-luciferin (NH2-Luc) as control BL probes, we validated that the persistent BL of 1 from luciferase-expressing cells or tumors was controlled by the activity of intracellular FAAH. With the property of long-term tracing of FAAH activity in vivo of 1, we envision that our BL precursor 1 could probably be applied for in vivo screening of FAAH inhibitors and the diagnosis of their related diseases (or disorders) in the future. PMID:27348334

  20. Control of dynamical self-assembly of strongly Brownian nanoparticles through convective forces induced by ultrafast laser

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    Ilday, Serim; Akguc, Gursoy B.; Tokel, Onur; Makey, Ghaith; Yavuz, Ozgun; Yavuz, Koray; Pavlov, Ihor; Ilday, F. Omer; Gulseren, Oguz

    We report a new dynamical self-assembly mechanism, where judicious use of convective and strong Brownian forces enables effective patterning of colloidal nanoparticles that are almost two orders of magnitude smaller than the laser beam. Optical trapping or tweezing effects are not involved, but the laser is used to create steep thermal gradients through multi-photon absorption, and thereby guide the colloids through convective forces. Convective forces can be thought as a positive feedback mechanism that helps to form and reinforce pattern, while Brownian motion act as a competing negative feedback mechanism to limit the growth of the pattern, as well as to increase the possibilities of bifurcation into different patterns, analogous to the competition observed in reaction-diffusion systems. By steering stochastic processes through these forces, we are able to gain control over the emergent pattern such as to form-deform-reform of a pattern, to change its shape and transport it spatially within seconds. This enables us to dynamically initiate and control large patterns comprised of hundreds of colloids. Further, by not relying on any specific chemical, optical or magnetic interaction, this new method is, in principle, completely independent of the material type being assembled.

  1. Silver nanoparticles coated with adenine: preparation, self-assembly and application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    We describe herein the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using nucleobase adenine as protecting agent through the in situ chemical reduction of AgNO3 with NaBH4 in an aqueous medium at room temperature. As-prepared AgNPs were characterized by UV-visible spectra, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. All these data confirmed the formation of AgNPs. On the basis of electrostatic interactions between as-prepared AgNPs and anionic polyelectrolyte poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), we successfully fabricated (PSS/AgNP)n (n = 0-9) multilayers on a 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane/AgNP functionalized indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate via the layer-by-layer self-assembly technique and characterized as-formed multilayers with UV-visible spectra. Furthermore, these ITO substrates coated with multilayers of different thickness were investigated as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrates using p-aminothiophenol as a probe molecule, implying that these multilayers substrates may be promising for a new type of SERS-active substrate

  2. Hydrogen bonding strength of diblock copolymers affects the self-assembled structures with octa-functionalized phenol POSS nanoparticles.

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    Lu, Yi-Syuan; Yu, Chia-Yu; Lin, Yung-Chih; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2016-02-28

    In this study, the influence of the functional groups by the diblock copolymers of poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP), and poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) on their blends with octa-functionalized phenol polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (OP-POSS) nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated. The relative hydrogen bonding strengths in these blends follow the order PS-b-P4VP/OP-POSS > PS-b-P2VP/OP-POSS > PS-b-PMMA/OP-POSS based on the Kwei equation from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic analyses. Small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopic analyses show that the morphologies of the self-assembly structures are strongly dependent on the hydrogen bonding strength at relatively higher OP-POSS content. The PS-b-P4VP/OP-POSS hybrid complex system with the strongest hydrogen bonds shows the order-order transition from lamellae to cylinders and finally to body-centered cubic spheres upon increasing OP-POSS content. However, PS-b-P2VP/OP-POSS and PS-b-PMMA/OP-POSS hybrid complex systems, having relatively weaker hydrogen bonds, transformed from lamellae to cylinder structures at lower OP-POSS content (50 wt%). PMID:26781581

  3. Intracellular Self-Assembly of Cyclic d-Luciferin Nanoparticles for Persistent Bioluminescence Imaging of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase.

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    Yuan, Yue; Wang, Fuqiang; Tang, Wei; Ding, Zhanling; Wang, Lin; Liang, Lili; Zheng, Zhen; Zhang, Huafeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2016-07-26

    Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) overexpression induces several disorder symptoms in nerve systems, and therefore long-term tracing of FAAH activity in vivo is of high importance but remains challenging. Current bioluminescence (BL) methods are limited in detecting FAAH activity within 5 h. Herein, by rational design of a latent BL probe (d-Cys-Lys-CBT)2 (1), we developed a "smart" method of intracellular reduction-controlled self-assembly and FAAH-directed disassembly of its cyclic d-luciferin-based nanoparticles (i.e., 1-NPs) for persistent BL imaging of FAAH activity in vitro, in cells, and in vivo. Using aminoluciferin methyl amide (AMA), Lys-amino-d-luciferin (Lys-Luc), and amino-d-luciferin (NH2-Luc) as control BL probes, we validated that the persistent BL of 1 from luciferase-expressing cells or tumors was controlled by the activity of intracellular FAAH. With the property of long-term tracing of FAAH activity in vivo of 1, we envision that our BL precursor 1 could probably be applied for in vivo screening of FAAH inhibitors and the diagnosis of their related diseases (or disorders) in the future.

  4. Self-assembly of nanoparticles onto the surfaces of polystyrene spheres with a tunable composition and loading

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    Pilapil, Brandy K.; Wang, Michael C. P.; Y Paul, Michael T.; Nazemi, Amir; Gates, Byron D.

    2015-02-01

    Functional colloidal materials were prepared by design through the self-assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) on the surfaces of polystyrene (PS) spheres with control over NP surface coverage, NP-to-NP spacing, and NP composition. The ability to control and fine tune the coating was extended to the first demonstration of the co-assembly of NPs of dissimilar composition onto the same PS sphere, forming a multi-component coating. A broad range of NP decorated PS (PS@NPs) spheres were prepared with uniform coatings attributed to electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions between stabilizing groups on the NPs and the functionalized surfaces of the PS spheres. This versatile two-step method provides more fine control than methods previously demonstrated in the literature. These decorated PS spheres are of interest for a number of applications, such as catalytic reactions where the PS spheres provide a support for the dispersion, stabilization, and recovery of NP catalysts. The catalytic properties of these PS@NPs spheres were assessed by studying the catalytic degradation of azo dyes, an environmental contaminant detrimental to eye health. The PS@NPs spheres were used in multiple, sequential catalytic reactions while largely retaining the NP coating.

  5. Internal Morphology-Controllable Self-Assembly in Poly(Ionic Liquid) Nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Weiyi; Kochovski, Zdravko; Lu, Yan; Schmidt, Bernhard V K J; Antonietti, Markus; Yuan, Jiayin

    2016-08-23

    Precise control of the interior and outer shapes of polymer nanoparticles has found broad interest in nanosciences, for example, in fundamental studies of their physical properties, colloidal behavior, and corresponding applications. Realizing such control below the 50 nm scale (i.e., a size scale close to individual polymer chains) requires accurate manipulation of polymerization techniques and a judicious choice of the chemical structure in monomers and/or polymers. Here, we constructed a series of well-defined sub-50 nm homopolymer nanoparticles with controllable shape and highly ordered, complex internal structures with sub-5 nm domain spacings, starting from 1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazolium-type ionic liquids in a one-pot dispersion polymerization. With cryogenic electron microscopy and tomography, a morphological evolution of particle shape and interior at this extremely small size end, unusual for polymer colloids, was identified and investigated in detail. PMID:27501014

  6. Self-assembled Biodegradable Nanoparticles and Polysaccharides as Biomimetic ECM Nanostructures for the Synergistic effect of RGD and BMP-2 on Bone Formation.

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    Wang, Zhenming; Dong, Li; Han, Lu; Wang, Kefeng; Lu, Xiong; Fang, Liming; Qu, Shuxin; Chan, Chun Wai

    2016-01-01

    Producing biomimetic extracellular matrix (ECM) is an effective approach to improve biocompatibility of medical devices. In this study, biomimetic ECM nanostructures are constructed through layer-by-layer self-assembling positively charged chitosan (Chi), negatively charged oxidized sodium alginate (OAlg), and positively charged bovine serum albumin (BSA)-based nanoparticles. The BSA-based nanoparticles in the self-assembled films not only result in porous nanostructures similar to natural ECM, but also preserve the activity and realize the sustained release of Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2). The results of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) culture demonstrate that the penta-peptide glycine-arginine-glycine-aspartate-serine (GRGDS) grafted Chi/OAlg films favor cell adhesion and proliferation. GRGDS and BMP-2 in biomimetic ECM nanostructures synergistically promote BMSC functions and new bone formation. The RGD and BMP incorporated biomimetic ECM coatings could be applied on a variety of biomedical devices to improve the bioactivity and biocompatibility. PMID:27121121

  7. Monte Carlo study of the magnetic behavior of self-assembled nanoparticles

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    The blocking behavior of quasi-two-dimensional hexagonal arrays of magnetic nanoparticles are studied by Monte Carlo simulations. Structural deviations from the perfect arrangement are considered (voids, incomplete coverage). We show that interparticle dipolar interactions are responsible for an increase of the blocking temperature with the coverage of the film and a decrease of the blocking temperature with the cube of the interparticle distance. Our results compare satisfactorily with recent experiments

  8. Controllable Heparin-Based Comb Copolymers and Their Self-assembled Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery.

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    Nie, Jing-Jun; Zhao, Weiyi; Hu, Hao; Yu, Bingran; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2016-04-01

    Polysaccharide-based copolymers have attracted much attention due to their effective performances. Heparin, as a kind of polysaccharide with high negative charge densities, has attracted much attention in biomedical fields. In this work, we report a flexible way to adjust the solubility of heparin from water to oil via the introduction of tetrabutylammonium groups for further functionalization. A range of heparin-based comb copolymers with poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PPEGMEMA), poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA), or PPEGMEMA-b-PDMAEMA side chains were readily synthesized in a MeOH/dimethylsulfoxide mixture via atom-transfer radical polymerization. The heparin-based polymer nanoparticles involving cationic PDMAEMA were produced due to the electrostatic interaction between the negatively charged heparin backbone and PDMAEMA grafts. Then the pDNA condensation ability, cytotoxicity, and gene transfection efficiency of the nanoparticles were characterized in comparison with the reported gene vectors. The nanoparticles were proved to be effective gene vectors with low cytotoxicity and high transfection efficiency. This study demonstrates that by adjusting the solubility of heparin, polymer graft functionalization of heparin can be readily realized for wider applications. PMID:26947134

  9. Small Bioactive Lipoplex (SBL) Nanoparticles Self-Assembled at Elevated Temperature and Pressure

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    Huang, Leaf

    2009-03-01

    Conventional lipoplex (cationic liposome/DNA complex) serves well for gene transfer in cultured cells. However, their in vivo gene delivery activity is limited due to its relatively large size (>100 nm). This is due to incomplete charge neutralization as a result of the steric hindrance during the complexation between DNA and liposomes. Behr et al hypothesized that monomolecular DNA condensate can be prepared if the DNA sees the cationic lipid as monomers. Indeed, small nanoparticles (˜30 nm) were prepared by using a single-chain cationic amphiphile which has a high solubility at the physiological condition. To stabilize the monomolecular condensate, Behr has included a SH group in the cationic amphiphile which could be oxidized to form a dimer. Unfortunately, the stabilized nanoparticles showed no transfection activity when delivered into cells. We hypothesized that similar small lipoplex can be prepared by using a double-chain cationic amphiphile if both DNA and the amphiphile can be soluble in the same solvent. A hydrofluorocarbon HFC-152a is an excellent solvent for the cationic lipid DOTAP at an elevated temperature (˜35 ^oC) and pressure (˜300 atm). Since the solvent can accommodate small amounts of water, DNA or siRNA could be introduced into the system to allow lipoplex formation. The resulting Small Bioactive Lipoplex (SBL) is 30-50 nm in diameter and can transfect cultured cells. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy showed that SBL are solid nanoparticles without any lipid bilayer structure. Since plasmid DNA is fragile at elevated temperature and pressure, we have concentrated our effort in siRNA which is stable under the same conditions. The new formulation shows great promise as an in vivo delivery vector when small particles are required for efficient penetration into the tissues.

  10. Multivariate analysis for the optimization of polysaccharide-based nanoparticles prepared by self-assembly.

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    Pistone, Sara; Qoragllu, Dafina; Smistad, Gro; Hiorth, Marianne

    2016-10-01

    Polysaccharide-based nanoparticles are promising carriers for drug delivery applications. The particle size influences the biodistribution of the nanoparticles; hence size distributions and polydispersity index (PDI) are critical characteristics. However, the preparation of stable particles with a low PDI is a challenging task and is usually based on empirical trials. In this study, we report the use of multivariate evaluation to optimize the formulation factors for the preparation of alginate-zinc nanoparticles by ionotropic gelation. The PDI was selected as the response variable. Particle size, size distributions, zeta potential and pH of the samples were also recorded. Two full factorial (mixed-level) designs were analyzed by partial least squares regression (PLS). In the first design, the influence of the polysaccharide and the crosslinker concentrations were studied. The results revealed that size distributions with a low PDI were obtained by using a low polysaccharide concentrations (0.03-0.05%) and a zinc concentration of 0.03% (w/w). However, a high polysaccharide concentration can be advantageous for drug delivery systems. Therefore, in the second design, a high alginate concentration was used (0.09%) and a reduction in the PDI was obtained by simultaneously increasing the ionic strength of the solvent and the zinc concentration. The multivariate analysis also revealed the interaction between the factors in terms of their effects on the PDI; hence, compared to traditional univariate analyses, the multivariate analysis allowed us to obtain a more complete understanding of the effects of the factors scrutinized. In addition, the results are considered useful in order to avoid extensive empirical tests for future formulation studies. PMID:27288663

  11. Polymer-templated self-assembly of a 2-dimensional gold nanoparticle network

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    Hansen, Christian Rein; Westerlund, Fredrik; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper;

    2008-01-01

    We here report on the formation of well-ordered 2D gold nanostructures at the air/water interface. Spreading a mixture of alkanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and an amphiphilic poly(p-phenylene) on a water surface and compressing the mixture to a surface pressure of 40 mN/m lead...... to the formation of a network of well-ordered gold nanostructures. The structures are transferred horizontally (Langmuir-Schafer) onto a solid substrate and investigated with TEM, AFM, and X-ray reflectivity, showing a pattern that is repeating over several micrometers. AFM and X-ray reflectivity data at different...

  12. Preparation of Gold Nanoparticles Deposited Silicon Thin Film Electrode by Self-Assembly Method for the Employment of an Anode Material for Lithium Secondary Batteries.

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    Halim, Martin; Kim, Jung Sub; Nguyen, Si Hieu; Jeon, Bup Ju; Lee, Joong Kee

    2015-10-01

    This work describes a self-assembly method of gold nanoparticles coating on the surface of silicon thin films for the anode material of lithium secondary batteries. The preparation of the silicon thin films was carried out by electron cyclotron resonance metal organic chemical vapor deposition (ECR-MOCVD) process. The obtained films were further coated with (3-aminopropyl)-trimethoxysilane (APTMS) which has a role to bind the oxygen functional groups on Si surface and the gold nanoparticles. The dispersed gold nanoparticles on the surface of silicon thin films could be prepared due to self-assembly phenomena which interact between attraction and repulsion in gold nanoparticles colloidal solution (GNCS). The use of reducing agent of sodium citrate and tannic acid in GNCS significantly affected the size of gold nanoparticle in our experimental range. Based on our experimental results, the higher reversible capacity was exhibited for the silicon that was immersed in the GNCS consisted of only sodium citrate. The GNCS consisted of both sodium citrate and tannic acid produced severe coagulated nanoparticles when deposited on the silicon surface and thus inhibited the lithium movement from electrolyte to silicon surface. Consequently, the reversible capacity of silicon anode material with coagulated gold nanoparticles coating showed the reduced performance. PMID:26726492

  13. Self-assembled block copolymer-nanoparticle hybrids: interplay between enthalpy and entropy.

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    Sarkar, Biswajit; Alexandridis, Paschalis

    2012-11-13

    The dispersion of nanoparticles in ordered block copolymer nanostructures can provide control over particle location and orientation, and pave the way for engineered nanomaterials that have enhanced mechanical, electrical, or optical properties. Fundamental questions pertaining to the role of enthalpic and entropic particle-polymer interactions remain open and motivate the present work. We consider here a system of 10.6 nm silica nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed in ordered cylinders formed by hydrated poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymers (Pluronic P105: EO(37)PO(56)EO(37)). Protonation of silica was used to vary the NP-polymer enthalpic interactions, while polar organic solvents (glycerol, DMSO, ethanol, and DMF) were used to modulate the NP-polymer entropic interactions. The introduction of deprotonated NPs in the place of an equal mass of water did not affect the lattice parameter of the PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystalline structures. However, the dispersion of protonated NPs led to an increase in the lattice parameter, which was attributed to stronger NP-polymer hydrogen bonding (enthalpic) interactions. Dispersion of protonated NPs into cylindrical structures formed by Pluronic P105 in 80/20 water/organic solvents does not influence the lattice parameter, different from the case of protonated NP in plain water. Organic solvents appear to screen the NP-polymer hydrogen bonding interactions.

  14. Preparation and Charaterization of Self-assembled Nanoparticles Based on Linolenic-acid Modified Chitosan

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    LIU Chenguang; Desai Kashappa Goud H.; CHEN Xiguang; Park Hyun-Jin

    2005-01-01

    Chitosan was modified by conjugating coupling with linolenic acid through the 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyyl) earbodiimide (EDC)-mediated reaction. The degree of substitution 1.8% (i.e. 1.8 linolenic acid group per 100anhydroglucose units) was measured by 1H NMR. The critical aggregation concentration (CAC) of the self-aggregate of hydrophobically modified chitosan was determined by measuring the fluorescence intensity of the pyrene as a fluorescent probe.The CAC value in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution (pH7.4) was 5 × 10-2 mgmL-1. The average particle size of selfaggregates of hydrophobically modified chitosan in PBS solution (pH7.4) was 210.8 nm with a unimodal size distribution ranging from 100 to 500 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study showed that the formation of near spherical shape nanoparticles has enough structural integrity. The loading ability of hydrophibically modified chitosan (LA-chitosan)was investigated by using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the model. The loading capacity of self-aggregated nanoparticles increases (19.85% ± 0.04% to 37.57% ± 0.25 %) with the concentration of BSA (0.1-0.5 mg mL-1).

  15. Efficient White-Light Generation from Ionically Self-Assembled Triply-Fluorescent Organic Nanoparticles.

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    Das, Susmita; Debnath, Tanay; Basu, Amrita; Ghosh, Deepanwita; Das, Abhijit Kumar; Baker, Gary A; Patra, Amitava

    2016-06-20

    Low cost, simple, and environmentally friendly strategies for white-light generation which do not require rare-earth phosphors or other toxic or elementally scare species remain an essentially unmet challenge. Progress in the area of all-organic approaches is highly sought, single molecular systems remaining a particular challenge. Taking inspiration from the designer nature of ionic-liquid chemistry, we now introduce a new strategy toward white-light emission based on the facile generation of nanoparticles comprising three different fluorophores assembled in a well-defined stoichiometry purely through electrostatic interactions. The building blocks consist of the fluorophores aminopyrene, fluorescein, and rhodamine 6G which represent blue, green, and red-emitting species, respectively. Spherical nanoparticles 16(±5) nm in size were prepared which display bright white-light emission with high fluorescence quantum efficiency (26 %) and color coordinate at (0.29, 0.38) which lie in close proximity to pure white light (0.33, 0.33). It is noteworthy that this same fluorophore mixture in free solution yields only blue emission. Density functional theory calculations reveal H-bond and ground-state proton transfer mediated absolute non-parallel orientation of the constituent units which result in frustrated energy transfer, giving rise to emission from the individual centers and concomitant white-light emission. PMID:27219524

  16. Dispersions of Semiconductor Nanoparticles in Thermotropic Liquid Crystal: From Optical Modification to Assisted Self-Assembly

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    Rodarte, Andrea L.

    The interaction of semiconducting quantum dot nanoparticles (QDs) within thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) materials are studied in this thesis. LC materials are ideal for bottom-up organization of nanoparticles as an active matrix that can be externally manipulated via electric or magnetic fields. In addition, the optical properties of QDs can be modified by the surrounding LC resulting in novel devices such as a quantum dot/liquid crystal laser. The first system studies the dispersion of spherical nanoparticles in the phase. The dispersion is investigated with the use of polarized optical microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and confocal scanning microscopy. Quantum dots well dispersed in the isotropic phase are expelled from ordered domains of LC at the phase transition. Under controlled conditions, the majority of QDs in the system can form ordered three dimensional assemblies that are situated at defect points in the liquid crystal. The internal order of the assemblies is probed utilizing Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET), combined with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Furthermore, the location of these assemblies can be predetermined with the use of beads as defect nucleation points in the cell. The interaction of QDs in a cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) is also investigated. The reflection band created by the periodic change of index of refraction in a planar aligned CLC acts as a 1-D photonic cavity when the CLC is doped with a low concentration of QDs. A Cano-wedge cell varies the pitch of the CLC leading to the formation of Grandjean steps. This spatially tunes the photonic stop band, changing the resonance condition and continuously altering both the emission wavelength and polarization state of the QD ensemble. Using high resolution spatially and spectrally resolved photoluminescence measurements, the emission is shown to be elliptically polarized and that the tilt of the ellipse, while dependent on the emission wavelength, additionally

  17. Self-assembled arrays of high anisotropy FePt-Au nanoparticles

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    Butera, A. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina)]. E-mail: butera@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Kang, S.S. [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0209 (United States); Nikles, D.E. [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0209 (United States); Harrell, J.W. [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0209 (United States)

    2004-12-31

    We have studied the ferromagnetic resonance response of as-made and annealed Fe46Pt46Au8 self-ordered nanoparticles forming a film. As-made particles, which crystallize in a low magnetic anisotropy FCC phase, show a single isotropic resonance line close to g=2.1. Particles annealed at 450-bar C for 30min are composed of a mixture of the FCC and the high anisotropy L10 phases. In this sample the resonant spectra are anisotropic when the external applied field is rotated from the in-plane to the out-of-plane direction. This absorption also seems to be related to the minority FCC particles which have a better degree of surface order due to the surrounding ferromagnetic environment. From the line width angular dependence we obtained a large dispersion in the anisotropy constant, probably arising from the different degree of atomic ordering of particles in the L10 phase.

  18. Localized Surface Plasmon-Enhanced Electroluminescence in OLEDs by Self-Assembly Ag Nanoparticle Film

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    He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Wenjun; Li, Shuhong; Wang, Qingru; Zheng, Wanquan; Shi, Qiang; Liu, Yunlong

    2015-12-01

    We fabricated Ag nanoparticle (NP) film in organic light emission diodes (OLEDs), and a 23 times increase in electroluminescence (EL) at 518 nm was probed by time-resolved EL measurement. The luminance and relative external quantum efficiency (REQE) were increased by 5.4 and 3.7 times, respectively. There comes a new energy transport way that localized surface plasmons (LSPs) would absorb energy that corresponds to the electron-hole pair before recombination, promoting the formation of electron-hole pair and exciting local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). The extended lifetime of Alq3 indicates the existence of strong interaction between LSPR and exciton, which decreases the nonradiative decay rate of OLEDs.

  19. 3D self-assembly of aluminium nanoparticles for plasmon-enhanced solar desalination

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    Zhou, Lin; Tan, Yingling; Wang, Jingyang; Xu, Weichao; Yuan, Ye; Cai, Wenshan; Zhu, Shining; Zhu, Jia

    2016-06-01

    Plasmonics has generated tremendous excitement because of its unique capability to focus light into subwavelength volumes, beneficial for various applications such as light harvesting, photodetection, sensing, catalysis and so on. Here we demonstrate a plasmon-enhanced solar desalination device, fabricated by the self–assembly of aluminium nanoparticles into a three-dimensional porous membrane. The formed porous plasmonic absorber can float naturally on water surface, efficiently absorb a broad solar spectrum (>96%) and focus the absorbed energy at the surface of the water to enable efficient (∼90%) and effective desalination (a decrease of four orders of magnitude). The durability of the devices has also been examined, indicating a stable performance over 25 cycles under various illumination conditions. The combination of the significant desalination effect, the abundance and low cost of the materials, and the scalable production processes suggest that this type of plasmon-enhanced solar desalination device could provide a portable desalination solution.

  20. Self-assembly of Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles to Solid, Hollow Spherical and Wire-Shaped Structures

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    NAN Zhao-Dong; WEI Cheng-Zhen; WANG Xue-Ying; HAO Hai-Yan

    2008-01-01

    Copper sulfides, such as Cu7S4, Cu1.8S, Cu1.81S and Cu2S, in the wire-like, and solid and hollow ball-like shapes congregated from nano-spherical particles and nanoslices, have been prepared by a solvothermal method using a mixture of water and ethylene glycol as solvent. CuSO4 and thiourea were used as the starting materials without as- sistance of any surfactant or template. The results show that the water content in the solvent affects the morphology of the samples, and the reaction time and temperature affect the crystal structure and morphology. On the basis of the obtained results, the formation processes of different morphologies of copper sulfides can be interpreted by the following mechanism: nanoparticles of copper sulfides initially formed, then the wire-like structures were gradually created, and finally translated to solid and hollow spherical structures under the different experimental conditions.

  1. Hierarchical self-assembly of nanoparticles in polymer matrix and the nature of the interparticle interaction

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    Lin, Yu-Chiao; Chen, Chun-Yu; Chen, Hsin-Lung; Hashimoto, Takeji; Chen, Show-An; Li, Yen-Cheng

    2015-06-01

    Using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), we elucidated the spatial organization of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles (NPs) in the polymer matrix of poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) and the nature of inter-nanoparticle interactions, where the NPs were synthesized in the presence of P2VP by the reduction of palladium acetylacetonate (Pd(acac)2). The experimental SAXS profiles were analysed on the basis of a hierarchical structure model considering the following two types of interparticle potential: (i) hard-core repulsion only (i.e., the hard-sphere interaction) and (ii) hard-core repulsion together with an attractive potential well (i.e., the sticky hard-sphere interaction). The corresponding theoretical scattering functions, which were used for analysing the experimental SAXS profiles, were obtained within the context of the Percus-Yevick closure and the Ornstein-Zernike equation in the fundamental liquid theory. The analyses revealed that existence of the attractive potential well is indispensable to account for the experimental SAXS profiles. Moreover, the morphology of the hybrids was found to be characterized by a hierarchical structure with three levels, where about six primary NPs with the diameter of ca. 1.8 nm (level one) formed local clusters (level two), and these clusters aggregated to build up a large-scale mass-fractal structure (level three) with the fractal dimension of ca. 2.3. The scattering function developed here is of general use for quantitatively characterizing the morphological structures of polymer/NP hybrids and, in particular, for exploring the interaction potential of the NPs on the basis of the fundamental liquid theory.

  2. Self-assembly of cyclodextrins

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    Fülöp, Z.; Kurkov, S.V.; Nielsen, T.T.;

    2012-01-01

    The design of functional cyclodextrin (CD) nanoparticles is a developing area in the field of nanomedicine. CDs can not only help in the formation of drug carriers but also increase the local concentration of drugs at the site of action. CD monomers form aggregates by self-assembly, a tendency...

  3. Morphology control of polymer: Fullerene solar cells by nanoparticle self-assembly

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    Zhang, Wenluan

    During the past two decades, research in the field of polymer based solar cells has attracted great effort due to their simple processing, mechanical flexibility and potential low cost. A standard polymer solar cell is based on the concept of a bulk-heterojunction composed of a conducting polymer as the electron donor and a fullerene derivative as the electron acceptor. Since the exciton lifetime is limited, this places extra emphasis on control of the morphology to obtain improved device performance. In this thesis, detailed characterization and novel morphological design of polymer solar cells was studied, in addition, preliminary efforts to transfer laboratory scale methods to industrialized device fabrication was made. Magnetic contrast neutron reflectivity was used to study the vertical concentration distribution of fullerene nanoparticles within poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2- b]thiophene (pBTTT) thin film. Due to the wide space between the side chains of polymer, these fullerene nanoparticles intercalate between them creating a stable co-crystal structure. Therefore, a high volume fraction of fullerene was needed to obtain optimal device performance as phase separated conductive pathways are required and resulted in a homogeneous fullerene concentration profile through the film. Small angle neutron scattering was used to find there is amorphous fullerene even at lower concentration since it was previously believed that all fullerene formed a co-crystal. These fullerene molecules evolve into approximately 15 nm sized agglomerates at higher concentrations to improve electron transport. Unfortunately, thermal annealing gives these agglomerates mobility to form micrometer sized crystals and reduce the device performance. In standard poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCMBM) solar cells, a higher concentration of PCBM at the cathode interface is desired due to the band alignment structure. This was

  4. Flexible magnetic nanoparticles-reduced graphene oxide composite membranes formed by self-assembly in solution.

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    Zhu, Guoxing; Liu, Yuanjun; Xu, Zheng; Jiang, Tian; Zhang, Chi; Li, Xun; Qi, Gang

    2010-08-01

    A facile and robust route for the pre-synthesized Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles (NPs) exclusively assembled on both sides of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets with tunable density forming two-dimensional NPs composite membranes is developed in solution. The assembly is driven by electrostatic attraction, and the nanocomposite sheets display considerable mechanical robustness, such as it can sustain supersonic and solvothermal treatments without NPs falling off, also, can freely float in solution and curl into a tube. The obtained two-dimensional composite grain membranes exhibit superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature but responds astutely to an external magnetic field. In addition, these magnetic composite membranes show an enhanced absorption capability for microwaves. The grain sheets are attractive for biomedical, sensors, environmental applications and electric-magnetic devices benefited from large surfaces, high magnetization moment, and superparamagnetic properties. The effective integration of oxide nanocrystals on RGO sheets provides a new way to design semiconductor-carbon nanocomposites for nanodevices or catalytic applications. PMID:20572256

  5. Electrostatic self-assembly of Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

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    Liu, Yong; Jiang, Wei; Li, Song; Li, Fengsheng

    2009-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-based magnetic nanocomposites can find numerous applications in nanotechnology, integrated functional system, and in medicine owing to their great potentialities. Herein, densely distributed magnetic Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles were successfully attached onto the convex surfaces of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by an in situ polyol-medium solvothermal method via non-covalent functionalization of CNTs with cationic surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and anionic polyelectrolyte, poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), through the polymer-wrapping technique, in which the negatively charged PSS-grafted CNTs can be used as primer for efficiently adsorption of positively metal ions on the basis of electrostatic attraction. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis have been used to study the formation of Fe 3O 4/CNTs. The Fe 3O 4/CNTs nanocomposites were proved to be superparamagnetic with saturation magnetization of 43.5 emu g -1. A mechanism scheme was proposed to illustrate the formation process of the magnetic nanocomposites.

  6. Self-assembled amphiphilic polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) grafted poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanoparticles

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    In the present study, spherical nanoparticles (NPs) containing polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) as an inner hydrophobic core and poly(vinyl alcohol) PVA as a hydrophilic outer shell were prepared by dialysis approach. Preparation of amphiphilic POSS-grafted-PVA co-polymer was characterized by 1H NMR and FT-IR. The results indicated urethane linkage between monoisocyanate group of POSS macromer and the hydroxyl groups of PVA. The dynamic light scattering (DLS) and electrophoretic light scattering (ELS) of the NPs revealed that they have an average hydrodynamic diameter and negative zeta (ζ)-potential of 215 nm and - 161 mV, respectively. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and bio-transmission electron microscope (BIO-TEM) have shown unagglomerated NPs within a diameter range of 60-90 nm. The prepared NPs were investigated to improve the control release of anticancer drug; paclitaxel as a model drug. Due to drug loading, the hydrodynamic diameter and negative zeta (ζ)-potential have changed to 325 nm and - 14 mV, respectively. In addition, in-vitro drug release experiments were conducted; the obtained results explicated continuous release for over 40 days. However, in case of using pure drug only, the drug completely released within 1 h.

  7. Self-Assembled Polymeric Micellar Nanoparticles as Nanocarriers for Poorly Soluble Anticancer Drug Ethaselen

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    Yang Zhuoli

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A series of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol-poly(lactide (mPEG-PLA diblock copolymers were synthesized, and mPEG-PLA micelle was fabricated and used as a nanocarrier for solubilization and delivery of a promising anticancer drug ethaselen. Ethaselen was efficiently encapsulated into the micelles by the dialysis method, and the solubility of ethaselen in water was remarkably increased up to 82 μg/mL before freeze-drying. The mean diameter of ethaselen-loaded micelles ranged from 51 to 98 nm with a narrow size distribution and depended on the length of PLA block. In vitro hemolysis study indicated that mPEG-PLA copolymers and ethaselen-loaded polymeric micelles had no hemolytic effect on the erythrocyte. The enhanced antitumor efficacy and reduced toxic effect of ethaselen-loaded polymeric micelle when compared with ethaselen-HP-β-CD inclusion were observed at the same dose in H22human liver cancer cell bearing mouse models. These suggested that mPEG-PLA polymeric micelle nanoparticles had great potential as nanocarriers for effective solubilization of poorly soluble ethaselen and further reducing side effects and toxicities of the drug.

  8. Size Distribution and Anisotropy of Self-assembled MnAs Nanoparticles in GaAs

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    Dipietro, Robert; Johnson, Hannah; Bennett, Steve; Nummy, Tom; Lewis, Laura; Heiman, Don

    2010-03-01

    The size distribution and anisotropy of composite films of MnAs nanoparticles in a GaAs matrix have been determined by thermomagnetic measurement and subsequently confirmed by electron microscopy studies. The composite was fabricated from a homogeneous Ga0.9Mn0.1As film grown by MBE and annealed at 520-570 C to produce superparamagnetic particles of diameter 10-50 nm. Magnetization measurements show a peak in the temperature-dependent zero field cooling (ZFC) moment, mZFC(T), near the system blocking temperature TB. The distribution in TB was first obtained from f(TB) d/dT [T.mZFC(T)], derived assuming that the moment of a particle below its blocking temperature is zero and varies as 1/T above the blocking temperature. The distribution in particle diameter f(D) was obtained using the usual relation between blocking temperature and particle volume, KeffV/kBTB=25, where Keff is the effective MnAs anisotropy constant. A value for the anisotropy constant was obtained by comparing the thermomagnetic f(D) with the size distribution obtained visually from SEM micrographs, where =12 nm and width δD=7nm for a 50-nm-thick film. The visual and thermomagnetic size distribution functions are found to be nearly identical using Keff=160,000 erg/cm^3. Work supported by NSF DMR-097007.

  9. Direct translocation as major cellular uptake for CADY self-assembling peptide-based nanoparticles.

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    Anna Rydström

    Full Text Available Cell penetrating peptides constitute a potent approach to overcome the limitations of in vivo siRNA delivery. We recently proposed a peptide-based nanoparticle system, CADY, for efficient delivery of siRNA into numerous cell lines. CADY is a secondary amphipathic peptide that forms stable complexes with siRNA thereby improving both their cellular uptake and biological response. With the aim of understanding the cellular uptake mechanism of CADY:siRNA complexes, we have combined biochemical, confocal and electron microscopy approaches. In the present work, we provide evidence that the major route for CADY:siRNA cellular uptake involves direct translocation through the membrane but not the endosomal pathway. We have demonstrated that CADY:siRNA complexes do not colocalize with most endosomal markers and remain fully active in the presence of inhibitors of the endosomal pathway. Moreover, neither electrostatic interactions with cell surface heparan sulphates nor membrane potential are essential for CADY:siRNA cell entry. In contrast, we have shown that CADY:siRNA complexes clearly induce a transient cell membrane permeabilization, which is rapidly restored by cell membrane fluidity. Therefore, we propose that direct translocation is the major gate for cell entry of CADY:siRNA complexes. Membrane perturbation and uptake are driven mainly by the ability of CADY to interact with phospholipids within the cell membrane, followed by rapid localization of the complex in the cytoplasm, without affecting cell integrity or viability.

  10. PREPARATION OF CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL CONJUGATES OF SELF-ASSEMBLING NANOPARTICLES WITH CELL-PENETRATING PEPTIDE AND DOXORUBICIN

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    Full Text Available Abstract: Nano-sized carriers can help to reduce toxicity and improve clinical efficacy of drugs. Virus-like particles (VLPs are biocompatible and biodegradable self-assembling nanoparticles, which show great promise as carriers for substances for targeted delivery and controlled release. Either chemical conjugation of physical incorporation without formation of covalent bonds is possible to load substances of interest into VLPs.Objectives: To produce VLPs from recombinant viral capsid protein (HBcAg and test feasibility of methods of formation of chemical and physical conjugates of VLPs with substances of pharmacological interest.Methods: Virus-like particles composed from recombinant hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg were produced by recombinant expression in E.coli and purified by successive centrifugation through sucrose gradients. Peptide transportan 10 was synthesized and used for carbodiimide (EDC-mediated conjugation to VLPs. Doxorubicin (DOX was loaded into the nucleic acid-containing VLPs to form physical conjugate.Results: VLPs with chemically attached moieties of cell-penetrating peptide transportan 10 were produced. The conjugate was examined in SDS-PAGE to confirm presence of conjugation products. Conjugation efficiency (molar ration peptide/protein in the conjugate reaches 0.5:1 (i.e. 50% of protein chains have one attached peptide moiety. The nucleic acid-containing VLPs can be loaded with the DOX forming stable non-covalent physical conjugate.Conclusion: Recombinantly expressed VLPs allow easy attaching of small molecules making them a convenient platform to develop drug carriers.

  11. A comparative in vitro evaluation of self-assembled PTX-PLA and PTX-MPEG-PLA nanoparticles

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    Cui, Fei; Li, Yang; Zhou, Shuifan; Jia, Mengmeng; Yang, Xiangrui; Yu, Fei; Ye, Shefang; Hou, Zhenqing; Xie, Liya

    2013-06-01

    We present a dialysis technique to direct the self-assembly of paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) using methoxypolyethylene glycol-poly( d, l-lactide) (MPEG-PLA) and PLA, respectively. The composition, morphology, particle size and zeta potential, drug loading content, and drug encapsulation efficiency of both PTX-PLA NPs and PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic light scattering, and high-performance liquid chromatography. The passive targeting effect and in vitro cell viability of the PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs on HeLa cells were demonstrated by comparative cellular uptake and MTT assay of the PTX-PLA NPs. The results showed that the PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs and PTX-PLA NPs presented a hydrodynamic particle size of 179.5 and 441.9 nm, with a polydispersity index of 0.172 and 0.189, a zeta potential of -24.3 and -42.0 mV, drug encapsulation efficiency of 18.3% and 20.0%, and drug-loaded content of 1.83% and 2.00%, respectively. The PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs presented faster release rate with minor initial burst compared to the PTX-PLA NPs. The PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs presented superior cell cytotoxicity and excellent cellular uptake compared to the PTX-PLA NPs. These results suggested that the PTX-MPEG-PLA NPs presented more desirable characteristics for sustained drug delivery compared to PTX-PLA NPs.

  12. Self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for transparent and flexible film heaters

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    Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Han-Ki, E-mail: imdlhkkim@khu.ac.kr [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering for Information and Electronics, Kyung Hee University, 1 Seocheon-dong, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min-Yi; Chang, Hyo-Sik [Graduate School of Energy Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, 305-764 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    We investigated a self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network electrode passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for use in high-performance transparent and flexible film heaters (TFFHs). The low temperature atomic layer deposition of a nano-sized ZnO layer effectively filled the uncovered area of Ag network and improved the current spreading in the self-assembled Ag network without a change in the sheet resistance and optical transmittance as well as mechanical flexibility. The time-temperature profiles and heat distribution analysis demonstrate that the performance of the TFTH with the ZnO/Ag network is superior to that of a TFFH with Ag nanowire electrodes. In addition, the TFTHs with ZnO/Ag network exhibited better stability than the TFFH with a bare Ag network due to the effective current spreading through the nano-sized ZnO layer.

  13. Self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for transparent and flexible film heaters

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    Ki-Won Seo

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We investigated a self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network electrode passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for use in high-performance transparent and flexible film heaters (TFFHs. The low temperature atomic layer deposition of a nano-sized ZnO layer effectively filled the uncovered area of Ag network and improved the current spreading in the self-assembled Ag network without a change in the sheet resistance and optical transmittance as well as mechanical flexibility. The time-temperature profiles and heat distribution analysis demonstrate that the performance of the TFTH with the ZnO/Ag network is superior to that of a TFFH with Ag nanowire electrodes. In addition, the TFTHs with ZnO/Ag network exhibited better stability than the TFFH with a bare Ag network due to the effective current spreading through the nano-sized ZnO layer.

  14. Size-controlled starch nanoparticles prepared by self-assembly with different green surfactant: The effect of electrostatic repulsion or steric hindrance.

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    Li, Xiaojing; Qin, Yang; Liu, Chengzhen; Jiang, Suisui; Xiong, Liu; Sun, Qingjie

    2016-05-15

    To study the control effect of surfactants in the process of formation of starch nanoparticles by self-assembly, different surfactants (sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), and sorbitan monooleate (Span 80) were added during the fabrication of waxy corn starch nanoparticles (WCSNPs) and potato starch nanoparticles (PSNPs), and their characteristics were determined and compared. The results showed that WCSNPs with SDS and Tween 80 had smaller particle size (28-35 nm and 15-24 nm, respectively) than that of WCSNPs (50-120 nm). The surfactants significantly increased the dispersion and thermal stability of nanoparticles. Short-chain amylose debranched from waxy corn starch had a lower degree of polymerization than that debranched from potato starch and were easier to retrograde, resulting in higher gelatinization enthalpy of WCSNPs. However, PSNPs were smaller in size and achieved better stability than WCSNPs due to stronger electrostatic repulsion caused by a higher absolute value of zeta potential.

  15. Physicochemical and biological properties of self-assembled antisense/poly(amidoamine dendrimer nanoparticles: the effect of dendrimer generation and charge ratio

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    Alireza Nomani

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Alireza Nomani1,6, Ismaeil Haririan1,5, Ramin Rahimnia2,4, Shamileh Fouladdel2, Tarane Gazori1, Rassoul Dinarvand1, Yadollah Omidi3, Ebrahim Azizi2,41Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Molecular Research Lab, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 3Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran; 4Department of Medical Biotechnology, School of Advanced Medical Technologies, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 5Biomaterials Research Center (BRC Tehran, Iran; 6Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, IranAbstract: To gain a deeper understanding of the physicochemical phenomenon of self-assembled nanoparticles of different generations and ratios of poly (amidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM dendrimer and a short-stranded DNA (antisense oligonucleotide, multiple methods were used to characterize these nanoparticles including photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS; zeta potential measurement; and atomic force microscopy (AFM. PCS and AFM results revealed that, in contrast to larger molecules of DNA, smaller molecules produce more heterodisperse and large nanoparticles when they are condensed with a cationic dendrimer. AFM images also showed that such nanoparticles were spherical. The stability of the antisense content of the nanoparticles was investigated over different charge ratios using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. It was clear from such analyses that much more than charge neutrality point was required to obtain stable nanoparticles. For cell uptake, self-assembled nanoparticles were prepared with PAMAM G5 and 5’-FITC labeled antisense and the uptake experiment was carried out in T47D cell culture. This investigation also shows that the cytotoxicity of the nanoparticles was

  16. In vitro and in vivo study of Gal-OS self-assembled nanoparticles for liver-targeting delivery of doxorubicin.

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    Guo, Hejian; Zhang, Dianrui; Li, Tingting; Li, Caiyun; Guo, Yuanyuan; Liu, Guangpu; Hao, Leilei; Shen, Jingyi; Qi, Lisi; Liu, Xinquan; Luan, Jingjing; Zhang, Qiang

    2014-03-01

    A liver-targeting drug delivery system for doxorubicin (DOX), that is, DOX-loaded self-assembled nanoparticles based on galactosylated O-carboxymethyl chitosan-graft-stearic acid conjugates (Gal-OS/DOX), has been prepared. The objective of the present study was to investigate the preparation, in vitro release, in vivo pharmacokinetics, and tissue distribution of Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were spherical in shape with mean size of 181.9 nm. In vitro release profiles indicated that the release of DOX from Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles behaved with a sustained and pH-dependent drug release. Pharmacokinetics study revealed Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles exhibited a higher AUC value and a prolonged residence time of drug in the blood circulation than those of DOX solution. Furthermore, Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles increased the uptake of DOX in liver and spleen, but decreased uptake in heart, lung, and kidney in the tissue distribution study. These results suggested that the Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles could prolong blood circulation time, enhance the liver accumulation, and reduce the side effect especially the cardiotoxicity of DOX. In conclusion, Gal-OS/DOX nanoparticles could be a promising drug delivery system for liver cancer therapy.

  17. Manipulation of extinction spectra of P3HT/PMMA medium arrays on silicon substrate containing self-assembled gold nanoparticles

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    Wu, Ming-Chung [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333-02, Taiwan (China); Chen, Shih-Wen; Li, Jia-Han [Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106-17, Taiwan (China); Chou, Yi; Lin, Jhih-Fong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106-17, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yang-Fang [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106-17, Taiwan (China); Su, Wei-Fang, E-mail: suwf@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106-17, Taiwan (China)

    2012-11-15

    In this study, we report a simple novel approach to modulate the extinction spectra of P3HT/PMMA by manipulating the medium arrays on a substrate that is coated with self-assembled gold nanoparticles. The 20 nm gold nanoparticles were synthesized and then self-assembled on the APTMS/silicon substrate surface by immersing the substrate into the gold colloid suspension. A high-resolution P3HT/PMMA photoluminescent electron beam resist was used to fabricate various square hole arrays on the substrate containing gold nanoparticles. The P3HT/PMMA medium composition causes the blue shifts in the extinction peaks of up to 40.6 nm by decreasing the period from 500 nm to 200 nm for P3HT/PMMA square hole arrays with a diameter of 100 nm. The magnitude of blue shift is directly proportional to the product of the changes of medium refractive index and the array structure factor. These peak shifts and intensity of extinction spectra for various P3HT/PMMA medium arrays are well described by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation results. Since this simple cost-effective technique can tune the extinction spectrum of medium and adding the gold nanoparticles can give more functionalities for sensing applications, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), that provides good opportunities for the design and fabrication of new optoelectronic devices and sensors. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We can tune the extinction spectra of P3HT/PMMA by manipulating the medium arrays. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These optical behaviors of P3HT/PMMA medium arrays are well described by FDTD simulation results. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adding the Au nanoparticles can give more functionalities for sensing applications.

  18. Fabrication of glucose biosensor for whole blood based on Au/hyperbranched polyester nanoparticles multilayers by antibiofouling and self-assembly technique

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    Highlight: •A novel method for detection of glucose in whole blood has been developed. •The method based on antibiofouling and self-assembly technology was investigated. •The antibiofouling technique utilized for sensor is significant for diagnostics. -- Abstract: Acknowledging the benefits of hyperbranched polymers and their nanoparticles, herein we report the design and synthesis of sulfonic acid group functionalized hydroxyl-terminated hyperbranched polyester (H30-SO3H) nanoparticles and their biomedical application. The H30-SO3H nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR). The good hemocompatibility of H30-SO3H nanoparticles was also investigated by coagulation tests, complement activation and platelet activation. The novel glucose biosensor was fabricated by immobilizing the positively charged Au nanoparticles, H30-SO3H nanoparticles and glucose oxidase (GOx) onto the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE). It can be applied in whole blood directly, which was based on the good hemocompatibility and antibiofouling property of H30-SO3H nanoparticles. The biosensor had good electrocatalytic activity toward glucose with a wide linear range (0.2–20 mM), a low detection limit 1.2 × 10−5 M in whole blood and good anti-interference property. The development of materials science will offer a novel platform for application to substance detection in whole blood

  19. In Vitro Investigation of Self-Assembled Nanoparticles Based on Hyaluronic Acid-Deoxycholic Acid Conjugates for Controlled Release Doxorubicin: Effect of Degree of Substitution of Deoxycholic Acid

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    Wen-Hao Wei

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembled nanoparticles based on a hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid (HD chemical conjugate with different degree of substitution (DS of deoxycholic acid (DOCA were prepared. The degree of substitution (DS was determined by titration method. The nanoparticles were loaded with doxorubicin (DOX as the model drug. The human cervical cancer (HeLa cell line was utilized for in vitro studies and cell cytotoxicity of DOX incorporated in the HD nanoparticles was accessed by the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT assay. In addition, cellular uptake of fluorescently labeled nanoparticles was also investigated. An increase in the degree of deoxycholic acid substitution reduced the size of the nanoparticles and also enhanced their drug encapsulation efficiency (EE, which increased with the increase of DS. A higher degree of deoxycholic acid substitution also lead to a lower release rate and an initial burst release of doxorubicin from the nanoparticles. In summary, the degree of substitution allows the modulation of the particle size, drug encapsulation efficiency, drug release rate, and cell uptake efficiency of the nanoparticles. The herein developed hyaluronic acid-deoxycholic acid conjugates are a good candidate for drug delivery and could potentiate therapeutic formulations for doxorubicin–mediated cancer therapy.

  20. Fabrication of glucose biosensor for whole blood based on Au/hyperbranched polyester nanoparticles multilayers by antibiofouling and self-assembly technique

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    Sun, Chong [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Chen, Xiaohan; Han, Qiaorong [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Zhou, Min [Department of Vascular Surgery, the Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Mao, Chun, E-mail: maochun127@yahoo.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Zhu, Qinshu [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Shen, Jian, E-mail: jshen@njnu.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China)

    2013-05-07

    Highlight: •A novel method for detection of glucose in whole blood has been developed. •The method based on antibiofouling and self-assembly technology was investigated. •The antibiofouling technique utilized for sensor is significant for diagnostics. -- Abstract: Acknowledging the benefits of hyperbranched polymers and their nanoparticles, herein we report the design and synthesis of sulfonic acid group functionalized hydroxyl-terminated hyperbranched polyester (H30-SO{sub 3}H) nanoparticles and their biomedical application. The H30-SO{sub 3}H nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ({sup 1}H NMR). The good hemocompatibility of H30-SO{sub 3}H nanoparticles was also investigated by coagulation tests, complement activation and platelet activation. The novel glucose biosensor was fabricated by immobilizing the positively charged Au nanoparticles, H30-SO{sub 3}H nanoparticles and glucose oxidase (GOx) onto the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE). It can be applied in whole blood directly, which was based on the good hemocompatibility and antibiofouling property of H30-SO{sub 3}H nanoparticles. The biosensor had good electrocatalytic activity toward glucose with a wide linear range (0.2–20 mM), a low detection limit 1.2 × 10{sup −5} M in whole blood and good anti-interference property. The development of materials science will offer a novel platform for application to substance detection in whole blood.

  1. Electrostatic Self-Assembly of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles on Graphene Oxides for High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes

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    Jung Kyoo Lee

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Magnetite, Fe3O4, is a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries due to its high theoretical capacity (924 mA h g−1, high density, low cost and low toxicity. However, its application as high capacity anodes is still hampered by poor cycling performance. To stabilize the cycling performance of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, composites comprising Fe3O4 nanoparticles and graphene sheets (GS were fabricated. The Fe3O4/GS composite disks of mm dimensions were prepared by electrostatic self-assembly between negatively charged graphene oxide (GO sheets and positively charged Fe3O4-APTMS [Fe3O4 grafted with (3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS] in an acidic solution (pH = 2 followed by in situ chemical reduction. Thus prepared Fe3O4/GS composite showed an excellent rate capability as well as much enhanced cycling stability compared with Fe3O4 electrode. The superior electrochemical responses of Fe3O4/GS composite disks assure the advantages of: (1 electrostatic self-assembly between high storage-capacity materials with GO; and (2 incorporation of GS in the Fe3O4/GS composite for high capacity lithium-ion battery application.

  2. The alternative strategy for designing covalent drugs through kinetic effects of pi-stacking on the self-assembled nanoparticles: a model study with antibiotics

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    Du, Libo; Suo, Siqingaowa; Zhang, Han; Jia, Hongying; Liu, Ke Jian; Zhang, Xue Ji; Liu, Yang

    2016-11-01

    It is still a huge challenge to find a new strategy for rationally designing covalent drugs because most of them are discovered by serendipity. Considering that the effect of covalent drugs is closely associated with the kinetics of the reaction between drug molecule and its target protein, here we first demonstrate an example of the kinetic effect of pi-stacking of drug molecules on covalent antimicrobial drug design. When PEGylated 7-aminocephalosporanic acid (PEG-ACA) is used as a substrate drug, pi-stacking of the ACA group via the self-assembly of PEG-ACA on the surface of gold nanoparticles (i.e. Au@ACA) exhibits antibacterial activity against E. coli fourfold higher than a PEG-ACA monomer does. The reason can be reasonably attributed to the kinetic rate enhancement for the covalent reaction between Au@ACA and penicillin binding proteins. We believe that the self-assembly of functional groups onto the surface of gold nanoparticles represents a new strategy for covalent drug design.

  3. Unique self-assembly behavior of a triblock copolymer and fabrication of catalytically active gold nanoparticle/polymer thin films at the liquid/liquid interface

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    Gold nanoparticle-doped poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP) thin films were prepared at the planar liquid/liquid interface between the chloroform solution of the polymer and aqueous solution of HAuCl4. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that foam films composed of microcapsules as well as one-dimensional belts were formed, and numerous Au nanoparticles were incorporated in the walls of the microcapsules and the nanobelts. The walls and the belts have layered structure. The formation mechanism of the foams and the belts was attributed to adsorption of the polymer molecules, combination of the polymer molecules with AuCl4− ions, microphase separation and self-assembly of the composite molecules at the interface. This microstructure is different apparently from those formed in solutions, in casting or spin-coating thin films and at the air/water interface of this triblock copolymer, reflecting unique self-assembly behavior at the liquid/liquid interface. This microstructure is also different from those formed by homo-P2VP and P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the liquid/liquid interface, indicating the effects of molecular structures on the self-assembly behaviors of the polymers. After further treatment by UV-light irradiation and KBH4 aqueous solution, the gold species were reduced completely, as indicated by UV–vis spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the composite films have high thermal stability, and the content of gold was estimated to be about 9.1%. These composite films exhibited high catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by KBH4 in aqueous solutions. - Highlights: • P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP formed microcapsules and nanobelts at the liquid/liquid interface. • Its self-assembly behavior differs from P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the interface. • This behavior also differs from those in solution, in film and at air/water interface.

  4. Nanoparticle self-assembly assisted by polymers: the role of shear stress in the nanoparticle arrangement of Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Martín-García, Beatriz; Velázquez, M Mercedes

    2014-01-21

    We propose to use the self-assembly ability of a block copolymer combined with compression-expansion cycles to obtain CdSe quantum dots (QDs) structures of different morphology. The methodology proposed consists in transferring onto mica mixed Langmuir monolayers of QDs and the polymer poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2-butoxyethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE, previously sheared by 50 compression-expansion cycles. Results indicate that the shear stress takes out nanoparticles at the air-water interface from metastable states and promotes a new equilibrium state of the Langmuir monolayer. This new state was transferred onto mica by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) methodology, and the morphology of the LB films was analyzed by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements. Our results show that when the amplitude strain increases, the QDs domain size decreases and the QDs LB film arrangement becomes more ordered. The dynamics of the monolayer relaxation after cycling involves at least three time scales which are related to the damping of surface fluctuation, raft rearrangement, and component movements inside each raft. Brewster angle microscopy allowed visualizing in situ the raft rearrangement at the air-water interface.

  5. Interfacial self-assembled functional nanoparticle array: a facile surface-enhanced Raman scattering sensor for specific detection of trace analytes.

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    Zhang, Kun; Ji, Ji; Li, Yixin; Liu, Baohong

    2014-07-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has proven to be promising for the detection of trace analytes; however, the precise nanofabrication of a specific and sensitive plasmonic SERS-active substrate is still a major challenge that limits the scope of its applications. In this work, gold nanoparticles are self-assembled into densely packed two-dimensional arrays at a liquid/liquid interface between dimethyl carbonate and water in the absence of template controller molecules. Both the simulation and experiment results show that the particles within these film-like arrays exhibit strong electromagnetic coupling and enable large amplification of Raman signals. In order to realize the level of sensing specificity, the surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) is rationally tailored by incorporating an appropriate chemical moiety that specifically captures molecules of interest. The ease of fabrication and good uniformity make this platform ideal for in situ SERS sensing of trace targets in complex samples. PMID:24915488

  6. Mechanical and Thermal Characteristics of Bio-Nanocomposites Consisting of Poly-L-lactic Acid and Self-Assembling Siloxane Nanoparticles with Three Phases

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    Masatoshi Iji

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Biopolymer nanocomposites (bio-nanocomposite consisting of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA and siloxane nanoparticles with three phases, a high-density siloxane phase (plural cores, an elastomeric silicone phase, and a caprolactone oligomer phase, were developed to increase the mechanical properties of PLLA. The nanoparticles, average size of 13 nm, were self-assembled by aggregation and condensation of an organosiloxane with three units: isocyanatepropyltrimethoxysilane (IPTS, polymethylpropyloxysiloxane (PMPS, and a caprolactone oligomer (CLO, which form each phase. The bio-nanocomposite was produced using PLLA and the nanoparticles. Bending and tensile testing showed that the use of these nanoparticles (5 wt% in PLLA greatly increases the tenacity (breaking strain of PLLA while maintaining its relatively high breaking (maximum strength. The elongation of the nanocomposite was more than twice that of PLLA while the elasticity modulus and breaking (maximum strength were comparable to those of PLLA. The nanoparticles also increased the impact strength of PLLA. The use of the nanoparticles almost did not show adverse affect on the thermal resistance of PLLA. The nanocomposite’s heat resistance indicated by the glass transition temperature and heat distortion temperature was fairly kept. The decomposition temperature of the nanocomposite somewhat increased.

  7. Impediment to heterogeneous electron transfer reactions of redox-active species by alkanedithiol self-assembled monolayers with and without an adlayer of Au nanoparticles

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    Minli Yang; Zhanjun Zhang [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China). Graduate School, Department of Chemistry

    2004-11-01

    The impediment of heterogeneous electron transfer (ET) reactions of several electroactive species by alkanedithiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and those covered with Au nanoparticles was investigated. It was found that, when densely packed 1,6-hexanedithiol and 1,9-nonanedithiol SAMs were formed with and without adsorbed gold nanoparticles, Fe(CN){sub 6}{sup 3-} reduction became extremely sluggish. The attachment of Au nanoparticles does not appear to improve the electronic communication between the solution species and the underlying Au electrode surface. On the other hand, Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}{sup 3+} and ferrocenecarboxylic acid both exhibited quasi-reversible redox waves at these surfaces. The variation of impediment were attributed to the different electron transfer mechanisms for these redox species. The adsorption of Au nanoparticles onto alkanedithiol SAMs was estimated by flow injection quartz crystal microbalance (FI-QCM), showing a rapid adsorption process. Amounts of Au nanoparticles did not vary between the two different alkanedithiols. Finally, we quantified the adsorption of Au nanoparticles at the QCM crystal modified with a 1,9-nonanedithiol SAM in air. A surface coverage of 2.56% was obtained. (author)

  8. Impediment to heterogeneous electron transfer reactions of redox-active species by alkanedithiol self-assembled monolayers with and without an adlayer of Au nanoparticles

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    Yang Minli [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Zhang Zhanjun [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China)]. E-mail: zhangzj@gscas.ac.cn

    2004-11-01

    The impediment of heterogeneous electron transfer (ET) reactions of several electroactive species by alkanedithiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and those covered with Au nanoparticles was investigated. It was found that, when densely packed 1,6-hexanedithiol and 1,9-nonanedithiol SAMs were formed with and without adsorbed gold nanoparticles, Fe(CN){sub 6}{sup 3-} reduction became extremely sluggish. The attachment of Au nanoparticles does not appear to improve the electronic communication between the solution species and the underlying Au electrode surface. On the other hand, Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}{sup 3+} and ferrocenecarboxylic acid both exhibited quasi-reversible redox waves at these surfaces. The variation of impediment were attributed to the different electron transfer mechanisms for these redox species. The adsorption of Au nanoparticles onto alkanedithiol SAMs was estimated by flow injection quartz crystal microbalance (FI-QCM), showing a rapid adsorption process. Amounts of Au nanoparticles did not vary between the two different alkanedithiols. Finally, we quantified the adsorption of Au nanoparticles at the QCM crystal modified with a 1,9-nonanedithiol SAM in air. A surface coverage of 2.56% was obtained.

  9. Mechanical and Thermal Characteristics of Bio-Nano composites Consisting of Poly-L-lactic Acid and Self-Assembling Siloxane Nanoparticles with Three Phases

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    Bio polymer nano composites (bio-nano composite) consisting of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and siloxane nanoparticles with three phases, a high-density siloxane phase (plural cores), an elastomeric silicone phase, and a caprolactone oligomer phase, were developed to increase the mechanical properties of PLLA. The nanoparticles, average size of 13?nm, were self-assembled by aggregation and condensation of an organo siloxane with three units: isocyanatepropyltrimethoxysilane (IPTS), polymethylpropyloxysiloxane (PMPS), and a caprolactone oligomer (CLO), which form each phase. The bio-nano composite was produced using PLLA and the nanoparticles. Bending and tensile testing showed that the use of these nanoparticles (5 wt% in PLLA) greatly increases the tenacity (breaking strain) of PLLA while maintaining its relatively high breaking (maximum) strength. The elongation of the nano composite was more than twice that of PLLA while the elasticity modulus and breaking (maximum) strength were comparable to those of PLLA. The nanoparticles also increased the impact strength of PLLA. The use of the nanoparticles almost did not show adverse affect on the thermal resistance of PLLA. The nano composite heat resistance indicated by the glass transition temperature and heat distortion temperature was fairly kept. The decomposition temperature of the nano composite somewhat increased.

  10. Morphological and electrical properties of self-assembled iron silicide nanoparticles on Si(0 0 1) and Si(1 1 1) substrates

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    Molnár, G.; Dózsa, L.; Erdélyi, R.; Vértesy, Z.; Osváth, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Epitaxial iron silicide nanostructures are grown by solid phase epitaxy on Si(0 0 1) and Si(1 1 1), and by reactive deposition epitaxy on Si(0 0 1) substrates. The formation process is monitored by reflection high-energy electron diffraction. The morphology, size, and electrical properties of the nanoparticles are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, by electrically active scanning probe microscopy, and by confocal Raman spectroscopy. The results show that the shape, size, orientation, and density of the nanoobjects can be tuned by self-assembly, controlled by the lattice misfit between the substrates and iron silicides. The size distribution and shape of the grown nanoparticles depend on the substrate orientation, on the initial thickness of the evaporated iron, on the temperature and time of the annealing, and on the preparation method. The so-called Ostwald ripening phenomena, which state that the bigger objects develop at the expense of smaller ones, controls the density of the nanoparticles. Raman spectra show the bigger objects do not contain β-FeSi2 phase. The different shape nanoparticles exhibit small, about 100 mV barrier compared to the surrounding silicon. The local leakage current of the samples measured by conductive AFM using a Pt coated Si tip is localized in a few nanometers size sites, and the sites which we assume are very small silicide nanoparticles or point defects.

  11. Amperometric Glucose Biosensor Based on Effective Self-Assembly Technology for Preparation of Poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/Au Nanoparticles Multilayers.

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    Ye, Yuhang; Xie, Hangqing; Shao, Xiaobao; Wei, Yuan; Liu, Yuhong; Zhao, Wenbo; Xia, Xinyi

    2016-03-01

    Novel nanomaterials and nanotechnology for use in bioassay applications represent a rapidly advancing field. This study developed a novel method to fabricate the glucose biosensor with good gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) fixed efficiency based on effective self-assembly technology for preparation of multilayers composed of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and AuNPs. The electrochemical properties of the biosensor based on (AuNPs/PAH)n/AuNPs/glucose oxide (GOD) with different multilayers were systematically investigated. Among the resulting glucose biosensors, electrochemical properties of the biosensor with three times self-assembly processes ((AuNPs/PAH)3/AuNPs/GOD) is best. The GOD biosensor exhibited a fast amperometric response (5 s) to glucose, a good linear current-time relation over a wide range of glucose concentrations from 0.05 to 162 mM, and a low detection limit of 0.029 mM. The GOD biosensor modified with (AuNPs/PAH)n layers will have essential significance and practical application in future owing to the simple method of fabrication and good performance. PMID:27455628

  12. Block copolymer assisted self-assembly of nanoparticles into Langmuir–Blodgett films: Effect of polymer concentration

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    Martín-García, Beatriz; Velázquez, M. Mercedes, E-mail: mvsal@usal.es

    2013-08-15

    We propose to use the self-assembly ability of a block copolymer to obtain CdSe quantum dots (QDs) structures of different morphology. The methodology proposed consist in transferring mixed Langmuir monolayers of QDs and the polymer poly (styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2 buthoxy ethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE onto mica by the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) methodology. The morphology of the LB films was analyzed by AFM and TEM measurements. Our results show that it is possible to modulate the self-assembly process by modifying the composition of the mixed Langmuir monolayer precursor of the LB film. The different morphologies are interpreted according to two different dewetting mechanisms, growth of holes and spinodal-like dewetting. The growth of holes dewetting process is driven by gravitatory effects and was observed for LB films obtained by transferring Langmuir monolayer of the smallest elasticity values in which the polymer is in brush conformation. The spinodal dewetting mechanism prevailed when the Langmuir monolayer presents the highest elasticity values. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Effect of the surface composition on the LB films architecture. • QDs/polymer LB films morphology interpreted in terms of dewetting mechanism. • The dewetting mechanism depends on the Langmuir monolayer state.

  13. Control of Partial Coalescence of Self-Assembled Metal Nano-Particles across Lyotropic Liquid Crystals Templates towards Long Range Meso-Porous Metal Frameworks Design

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    Ludovic F. Dumée

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The formation of purely metallic meso-porous metal thin films by partial interface coalescence of self-assembled metal nano-particles across aqueous solutions of Pluronics triblock lyotropic liquid crystals is demonstrated for the first time. Small angle X-ray scattering was used to study the influence of the thin film composition and processing conditions on the ordered structures. The structural characteristics of the meso-structures formed demonstrated to primarily rely on the lyotropic liquid crystal properties while the nature of the metal nano-particles used as well as the their diameters were found to affect the ordered structure formation. The impact of the annealing temperature on the nano-particle coalescence and efficiency at removing the templating lyotropic liquid crystals was also analysed. It is demonstrated that the lyotropic liquid crystal is rendered slightly less thermally stable, upon mixing with metal nano-particles and that low annealing temperatures are sufficient to form purely metallic frameworks with average pore size distributions smaller than 500 nm and porosity around 45% with potential application in sensing, catalysis, nanoscale heat exchange, and molecular separation.

  14. Self-assembling process of flash nanoprecipitation in a multi-inlet vortex mixer to produce drug-loaded polymeric nanoparticles

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    Shen Hao [University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States); Hong, Seungpyo [University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences (United States); Prud' homme, Robert K. [Princeton University, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States); Liu Ying, E-mail: liuying@uic.edu [University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States)

    2011-09-15

    We present an experimental study of self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles in the process of flash nanoprecipitation using a multi-inlet vortex mixer (MIVM). {beta}-Carotene and polyethyleneimine (PEI) are used as a model drug and a macromolecule, respectively, and encapsulated in diblock copolymers. Flow patterns in the MIVM are microscopically visualized by mixing iron nitrate (Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}) and potassium thiocyanate (KSCN) to precipitate Fe(SCN){sub x}{sup (3-x)+}. Effects of physical parameters, including Reynolds number, supersaturation rate, interaction force, and drug-loading rate, on size distribution of the nanoparticle suspensions are investigated. It is critical for the nanoprecipitation process to have a short mixing time, so that the solvent replacement starts homogeneously in the reactor. The properties of the nanoparticles depend on the competitive kinetics of polymer aggregation and organic solute nucleation and growth. We report the existence of a threshold Reynolds number over which nanoparticle sizes become independent of mixing. A similar value of the threshold Reynolds number is confirmed by independent measurements of particle size, flow-pattern visualization, and our previous numerical simulation along with experimental study of competitive reactions in the MIVM.

  15. Water repellent spray-type encapsulation of quantum dot light-emitting diodes using super-hydrophobic self-assembled nanoparticles

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    Han, Junebeom; Bong, Jihye; Lim, Taekyung; Lee, Ki-Heon; Yang, Heesun; Ju, Sanghyun

    2015-10-01

    We have developed a spray-type encapsulation method for quantum dot light-emitting diode (QD-LED) displays designed to prevent the penetration of oxygen and moisture in ambient air and repel water. The non-wettability and oxygen/moisture repellency afforded by the super-hydrophobic (contact angle of ∼158°) self-assembled Al2O3 nanoparticles (SAM-NP) is attributed to a reduction in the number of defects sites such as pin-holes or cracks during the formation of the thin-film. The QD-LEDs with SAM-NP encapsulation were found to have an effective lifetime in ambient air and a stable light emission in water compared to those of equivalent QD-LEDs without encapsulation.

  16. Influence of “Glow Discharge Plasma” as an External Stimulus on the Self-Assembly, Morphology and Binding Affinity of Gold Nanoparticle-Streptavidin Conjugates

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we investigate the influence of glow discharge plasma (GDP on the self-assembly, morphology and binding affinity of streptavidin coated gold nanoparticles (Au-NP-SV and biotinylated antibody (bAb adsorbed on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG substrate. Atomic force microscope (AFM was used to image the pre- and post-GDP treated samples. The analysis of the AFM images showed a considerable change in the aggregation and morphology of Au-NP-conjugates after treatment with GDP. To our knowledge, this is the first report on using GDP to enhance and speed-up the aggregation (sintering of adsorbed NP biomolecular conjugates. These results show a promising route that could be generalized for other NPs and their conjugates. It can also be considered as an alternative and cheap aggregation method for controlling the binding affinity of biomolecular species on different surfaces with interesting applications.

  17. Self-assembled plasmonic metamaterials

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    Mühlig, Stefan; Cunningham, Alastair; Dintinger, José; Scharf, Toralf; Bürgi, Thomas; Lederer, Falk; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2013-07-01

    Nowadays for the sake of convenience most plasmonic nanostructures are fabricated by top-down nanofabrication technologies. This offers great degrees of freedom to tailor the geometry with unprecedented precision. However, it often causes disadvantages as well. The structures available are usually planar and periodically arranged. Therefore, bulk plasmonic structures are difficult to fabricate and the periodic arrangement causes undesired effects, e.g., strong spatial dispersion is observed in metamaterials. These limitations can be mitigated by relying on bottom-up nanofabrication technologies. There, self-assembly methods and techniques from the field of colloidal nanochemistry are used to build complex functional unit cells in solution from an ensemble of simple building blocks, i.e., in most cases plasmonic nanoparticles. Achievable structures are characterized by a high degree of nominal order only on a short-range scale. The precise spatial arrangement across larger dimensions is not possible in most cases; leading essentially to amorphous structures. Such self-assembled nanostructures require novel analytical means to describe their properties, innovative designs of functional elements that possess a desired near- and far-field response, and entail genuine nanofabrication and characterization techniques. Eventually, novel applications have to be perceived that are adapted to the specifics of the self-assembled nanostructures. This review shall document recent progress in this field of research. Emphasis is put on bottom-up amorphous metamaterials. We document the state-of-the-art but also critically assess the problems that have to be overcome.

  18. Structural characterization and self-assembly into superlattices of iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via a high-temperature organometallic route

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    Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanocrystals have been synthesized by the thermal decomposition of iron pentacarbonyl and the subsequent reduction of gold acetate by 1,2-hexadecanediol with oleic acid and oleylamine as stabilizers. Their size, structure, composition, and optical and magnetic properties were characterized. The resultant nanoparticles were nearly monodisperse with a complete core-shell structure, and the shell thickness could be tuned via the seed-mediated growth. Also, they exhibited an absorption band at 520 nm owing to the surface plasmon resonance of Au shells and were nearly superparamagnetic due to the presence of the iron cores. By analyzing the x-ray adsorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectrum and the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra of the fast etching mode, the iron cores were shown to be oxidized but the oxidation was incomplete in the inner region. Noteworthily, the iron oxide-Au nanoparticles could self-assemble into 2D and 3D superlattices. The packing density increased while approaching the center of assembly, leading to the variation of superstructures from a 2D nearly hcp monolayer to a 3D hcp superlattice and a 3D hexagonal superlattice. Moreover, hydrophilic iron oxide-Au core-shell nanoparticles were also obtained by surface modification with mercaptoacetic acid via a phase transfer route.

  19. Fabrication of electrodes with ultralow platinum loading by RF plasma processing of self-assembled arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles

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    Banerjee, Ipshita; Kumaran, V.; Santhanam, Venugopal

    2016-07-01

    Conductive, carbon-free, electrocatalytically active, nanostructured electrodes with ultra-low platinum loading were fabricated using self-assembly of octadecanethiol-coated Au@Pt nanoparticles followed by RF plasma treatment. Bilayer arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles with platinum loadings of 0.50, 1.04, 1.44, and 1.75 μg cm‑2 (corresponding to 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 atomic layer coverage of platinum on nominally 5 nm gold core) were subjected to RF argon plasma treatment for various durations and their electrical conductivity, morphological evolution, and electrocatalytic activity characterized. Samples with monolayer and above platinum coverages exhibit maximum electrochemically active surface areas values of ∼100 m2/gpt and specific activities that are ∼4× to 6× of a reference platinum nanoparticle bilayer array. The underlying gold core influences the structural evolution of the samples upon RF plasma treatment and leads to the formation of highly active Pt(110) facets on the surface at an optimal plasma treatment duration, which also corresponds to the onset of a sharp decline in lateral sheet resistance. The sample having a two atom thick platinum coating has the highest total mass activity of 48 ± 3 m2/g(pt+au), corresponding to 44% Pt atom utilization, while also exhibiting enhanced CO tolerance as well as high methanol oxidation reaction and oxygen reduction reaction activity.

  20. Magnetic Films on Self-assembled Nanospheres

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    T.Ulbrich; I.Guhr; T.Schrefl; O.Hellwig; S.van; Dijken; M.Albrecht

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Nanoparticle media using arrays of monodisperse nanoparticles with high magneticanisotropy are assumed to be the ideal future magnetic recording media. However,key requirements like control of the magnetic anisotropy orientation along with magnetic domain isolation have not been achieved so far. Here, we report on a combination of a two-dimensional topographic pattern formed of self-assembled nanoparticles with sizes as small as 20 nm and magnetic multilayer film deposition[1]. The so formed n...

  1. Self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles as new, smart contrast agents for cancer early detection using magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Mouffouk, Fouzi; Simão, Teresa; Dornelles, Daniel F; Lopes, André D; Sau, Pablo; Martins, Jorge; Abu-Salah, Khalid M; Alrokayan, Salman A; Rosa da Costa, Ana M; dos Santos, Nuno R

    2015-01-01

    Early cancer detection is a major factor in the reduction of mortality and cancer management cost. Here we developed a smart and targeted micelle-based contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), able to turn on its imaging capability in the presence of acidic cancer tissues. This smart contrast agent consists of pH-sensitive polymeric micelles formed by self-assembly of a diblock copolymer (poly(ethyleneglycol-b-trimethylsilyl methacrylate)), loaded with a gadolinium hydrophobic complex ((t)BuBipyGd) and exploits the acidic pH in cancer tissues. In vitro MRI experiments showed that (t)BuBipyGd-loaded micelles were pH-sensitive, as they turned on their imaging capability only in an acidic microenvironment. The micelle-targeting ability toward cancer cells was enhanced by conjugation with an antibody against the MUC1 protein. The ability of our antibody-decorated micelles to be switched on in acidic microenvironments and to target cancer cells expressing specific antigens, together with its high Gd(III) content and its small size (35-40 nm) reveals their potential use for early cancer detection by MRI.

  2. Directed Self-Assembly of Nanodispersions

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    Furst, Eric M [University of Delaware

    2013-11-15

    directed self-assembly of anisotropic nanoparticles and their unique physical properties.

  3. Self-assembled nanoparticles based on the c(RGDfk peptide for the delivery of siRNA targeting the VEGFR2 gene for tumor therapy

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Li Liu,1 Xiaoxia Liu,1 Qian Xu,1 Ping Wu,2 Xialin Zuo,3 Jingjing Zhang,1 Houliang Deng,1 Zhuomin Wu,1 Aimin Ji1 1Department of Pharmacy, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmacy, Chengdu Integrated TCM & Western Medicine Hospital, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China; 3Institute of Neurosciences and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Key Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Channelopathies of Guangdong Province and the Ministry of Education of China, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China Abstract: The clinical application of small interfering RNA (siRNA has been restricted by their poor intracellular uptake, low serum stability, and inability to target specific cells. During the last several decades, a great deal of effort has been devoted to exploring materials for siRNA delivery. In this study, biodegradable, tumor-targeted, self-assembled peptide nanoparticles consisting of cyclo(Arg–Gly–Asp–d–Phe–Lys-8–amino–3,6–dioxaoctanoic acid–β–maleimidopropionic acid (hereafter referred to as RPM were found to be an effective siRNA carrier both in vitro and in vivo. The nanoparticles were characterized based on transmission electron microscopy, circular dichroism spectra, and dynamic light scattering. In vitro analyses showed that the RPM/VEGFR2-siRNA exhibited negligible cytotoxicity and induced effective gene silencing. Delivery of the RPM/VEGFR2 (zebrafish-siRNA into zebrafish embryos resulted in inhibition of neovascularization. Administration of RPM/VEGFR2 (mouse-siRNA to tumor-bearing nude mice led to a significant inhibition of tumor growth, a marked reduction of vessels, and a downregulation of VEGFR2 (messenger RNA and protein in tumor tissue. Furthermore, the levels of IFN-α, IFN-γ, IL-12, and IL-6 in mouse serum, assayed via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, did not indicate any immunogenicity of the RPM/VEGFR2

  4. Self-assembled nanostructures

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    2003-01-01

    Nanostructures refer to materials that have relevant dimensions on the nanometer length scales and reside in the mesoscopic regime between isolated atoms and molecules in bulk matter. These materials have unique physical properties that are distinctly different from bulk materials. Self-Assembled Nanostructures provides systematic coverage of basic nanomaterials science including materials assembly and synthesis, characterization, and application. Suitable for both beginners and experts, it balances the chemistry aspects of nanomaterials with physical principles. It also highlights nanomaterial-based architectures including assembled or self-assembled systems. Filled with in-depth discussion of important applications of nano-architectures as well as potential applications ranging from physical to chemical and biological systems, Self-Assembled Nanostructures is the essential reference or text for scientists involved with nanostructures.

  5. Albumin-NIR dye self-assembled nanoparticles for photoacoustic pH imaging and pH-responsive photothermal therapy effective for large tumors.

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    Chen, Qian; Liu, Xiaodong; Zeng, Jianfeng; Cheng, Zhenping; Liu, Zhuang

    2016-08-01

    Real-time in vivo pH imaging in the tumor, as well as designing therapies responsive to the acidic tumor microenvironment to achieve optimized therapeutic outcomes have been of great interests in the field of nanomedicine. Herein, a pH-responsive near-infrared (NIR) croconine (Croc) dye is able to induce the self-assembly of human serum albumin (HSA) to form HSA-Croc nanoparticles useful not only for real-time ratiometric photoacoustic pH imaging of the tumor, but also for pH responsive photothermal therapy with unexpected great performance against tumors with relatively large sizes. Such HSA-Croc nanoparticles upon intravenous injection exhibit efficient tumor homing. As the decrease of pH, the absorption of Croc at 810 nm would increase while that at 680 nm would decrease, allowing real-time pH sensing in the tumor by double-wavelength ratiometric photoacoustic imaging, which reveals the largely decreased pH inside the cores of large tumors. Moreover, utilizing HSA-Croc as a pH-responsive photothermal agent, effective photothermal ablation of large tumors is realized, likely owing to the more evenly distributed intratumoral heating compared to that achieved by conventional pH-insensitive photothermal agents, which are effective mostly for tumors with small sizes. PMID:27177219

  6. Hydrophilic modification of poly(ether sulfone) ultrafiltration membrane surface by self-assembly of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Luo Mingliang [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)]. E-mail: yfsailing_wxg@hotmail.com; Zhao Jianqing [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Tang Wu [LASMIS, University de Technologie de Troyes, Troyes Cedex 10010 (France); Pu Chunsheng [College of Petroleum Engineering, Xi' an Shiyou University, Xi' an 710065 (China)

    2005-08-15

    Membrane fouling is one of the major obstacles for reaching the ultimate goal, which realizes high flux over a prolonged period of ultrafiltration (UF) operation. In this paper, TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of a quantum size (40 nm or less) in anatase crystal structure were prepared from the controlled hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hydrophilic modification of poly(ether sulfone) UF membrane was performed by self-assembly of the hydroxyl group of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle surface and the sulfone group and ether bond in poly(ether sulfone) structure through coordination and hydrogen bond interaction, which was ascertained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology and hydrophilicity were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle test, respectively. The composite UF membrane was also characterized in terms of separation behavior for polyethylene glycol-5000 solute. The experimental results show that the composite UF membrane has good separation performance and offers a strong potential for possible use as a new type of anti-fouling UF membrane.

  7. High-pressure Raman study on CeO{sub 2} nanospheres self-assembled by 5 nm CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Liu, Bo; Liu, Bingbing; Li, Quanjun; Li, Zepeng; Yao, Mingguang; Liu, Ran; Zou, Xu; Lv, Hang; Wu, Wei; Cui, Wen; Liu, Zhaodong; Li, Dongmei; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian [State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2011-05-15

    CeO{sub 2} undergoes a first-order phase transition from fluorite to {alpha}-PbCl{sub 2}-type structure under high pressure. To evaluate the changes in physical properties of CeO{sub 2} nanomaterials as the particle size decreasing, high-pressure Raman study under quasi-hydrostatic condition has been performed on CeO{sub 2} nanospheres self-assembled by 5 nm CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles at room temperature. Surprisingly, as the pressure elevate to 34 GPa, the CeO{sub 2} nanospheres still retain the cubic fluorite-type structure, indicating the sample is more stable than the bulk counterpart. Whereas, previous high-pressure studies show the phase transition at 22.3/26.5 GPa for 12 nm CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles, which is less stable than the bulk materials. The enhancement of phase stability might be attributed to the increase of surface energy of CeO{sub 2} nanospheres as the size of the building units decrease. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Nanoparticle self-assembly in mixtures of phospholipids with styrene/maleic acid copolymers or fluorinated surfactants

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    Vargas, Carolyn; Arenas, Rodrigo Cuevas; Frotscher, Erik; Keller, Sandro

    2015-12-01

    Self-assembling nanostructures in aqueous mixtures of bilayer-forming lipids and micelle-forming surfactants are relevant to in vitro studies on biological and synthetic membranes and membrane proteins. Considerable efforts are currently underway to replace conventional detergents by milder alternatives such as styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers and fluorinated surfactants. However, these compounds and their nanosized assemblies remain poorly understood as regards their interactions with lipid membranes, particularly, the thermodynamics of membrane partitioning and solubilisation. Using 19F and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, static and dynamic light scattering, and isothermal titration calorimetry, we have systematically investigated the aggregational state of a zwitterionic bilayer-forming phospholipid upon exposure to an SMA polymer with a styrene/maleic acid ratio of 3 : 1 or to a fluorinated octyl phosphocholine derivative called F6OPC. The lipid interactions of SMA(3 : 1) and F6OPC can be thermodynamically conceptualised within the framework of a three-stage model that treats bilayer vesicles, discoidal or micellar nanostructures, and the aqueous solution as distinct pseudophases. The exceptional solubilising power of SMA(3 : 1) is reflected in very low membrane-saturating and solubilising polymer/lipid molar ratios of 0.10 and 0.15, respectively. Although F6OPC saturates bilayers at an even lower molar ratio of 0.031, this nondetergent does not solubilise lipids even at >1000-fold molar excess, thus highlighting fundamental differences between these two types of mild membrane-mimetic systems. We rationalise these findings in terms of a new classification of surfactants based on bilayer-to-micelle transfer free energies and discuss practical implications for membrane-protein research.Self-assembling nanostructures in aqueous mixtures of bilayer-forming lipids and micelle-forming surfactants are relevant to in vitro studies on biological and

  9. Enhanced bio-compatibility of ferrofluids of self-assembled superparamagnetic iron oxide-silica core-shell nanoparticles

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    -interacting, monodispersed and hence the synthesis of such nanostructures has great relevance in the realm of nanoscience. Silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles based ferrofluids were prepared using polyethylene glycol as carrier fluid by employing a...

  10. Coulomb blockade based field-effect transistors exploiting stripe-shaped channel geometries of self-assembled metal nanoparticles

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    Lehmann, Hauke; Möller, Sandra; Volkmann, Mirjam; Klinke, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Metallic nanoparticles offer possibilities to build basic electric devices with new functionality and improved performance. Due to the small volume and the resulting low self-capacitance, each single nanoparticle exhibits a high charging energy. Thus, a Coulomb-energy gap emerges during transport experiments that can be shifted by electric fields, allowing for charge transport whenever energy levels of neighboring particles match. Hence, the state of the device changes sequentially between conducting and non-conducting instead of just one transition from conducting to pinch-off as in semiconductors. To exploit this behavior for field-effect transistors, it is necessary to use uniform nanoparticles in ordered arrays separated by well-defined tunnel barriers. In this work, CoPt nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution are synthesized by colloidal chemistry. These particles are deposited via the scalable Langmuir-Blodgett technique as ordered, homogeneous monolayers onto Si/SiO2 substrates with pre-patterne...

  11. Self-assembled nanogaps for molecular electronics

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    Tang, Qingxin; Tong, Yanhong; Jain, Titoo;

    2009-01-01

    A nanogap for molecular devices was realized using solution-based self-assembly. Gold nanorods were assembled to gold nanoparticle-coated conducting SnO2:Sb nanowires via thiol end-capped oligo(phenylenevinylene)s (OPVs). The molecular gap was easily created by the rigid molecule itself during se...

  12. Coulomb blockade based field-effect transistors exploiting stripe-shaped channel geometries of self-assembled metal nanoparticles

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    Lehmann, Hauke; Willing, Svenja; Möller, Sandra; Volkmann, Mirjam; Klinke, Christian

    2016-07-01

    Metallic nanoparticles offer possibilities to build basic electric devices with new functionality and improved performance. Due to the small volume and the resulting low self-capacitance, each single nanoparticle exhibits a high charging energy. Thus, a Coulomb-energy gap emerges during transport experiments that can be shifted by electric fields, allowing for charge transport whenever energy levels of neighboring particles match. Hence, the state of the device changes sequentially between conducting and non-conducting instead of just one transition from conducting to pinch-off as in semiconductors. To exploit this behavior for field-effect transistors, it is necessary to use uniform nanoparticles in ordered arrays separated by well-defined tunnel barriers. In this work, CoPt nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution are synthesized by colloidal chemistry. These particles are deposited via the scalable Langmuir-Blodgett technique as ordered, homogeneous monolayers onto Si/SiO2 substrates with pre-patterned gold electrodes. The resulting nanoparticle arrays are limited to stripes of adjustable lengths and widths. In such a defined channel with a limited number of conduction paths the current can be controlled precisely by a gate voltage. Clearly pronounced Coulomb oscillations are observed up to temperatures of 150 K. Using such systems as field-effect transistors yields unprecedented oscillating current modulations with on/off-ratios of around 70%.

  13. Coulomb blockade based field-effect transistors exploiting stripe-shaped channel geometries of self-assembled metal nanoparticles.

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    Lehmann, Hauke; Willing, Svenja; Möller, Sandra; Volkmann, Mirjam; Klinke, Christian

    2016-08-14

    Metallic nanoparticles offer possibilities to build basic electric devices with new functionality and improved performance. Due to the small volume and the resulting low self-capacitance, each single nanoparticle exhibits a high charging energy. Thus, a Coulomb-energy gap emerges during transport experiments that can be shifted by electric fields, allowing for charge transport whenever energy levels of neighboring particles match. Hence, the state of the device changes sequentially between conducting and non-conducting instead of just one transition from conducting to pinch-off as in semiconductors. To exploit this behavior for field-effect transistors, it is necessary to use uniform nanoparticles in ordered arrays separated by well-defined tunnel barriers. In this work, CoPt nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution are synthesized by colloidal chemistry. These particles are deposited via the scalable Langmuir-Blodgett technique as ordered, homogeneous monolayers onto Si/SiO2 substrates with pre-patterned gold electrodes. The resulting nanoparticle arrays are limited to stripes of adjustable lengths and widths. In such a defined channel with a limited number of conduction paths the current can be controlled precisely by a gate voltage. Clearly pronounced Coulomb oscillations are observed up to temperatures of 150 K. Using such systems as field-effect transistors yields unprecedented oscillating current modulations with on/off-ratios of around 70%. PMID:27232949

  14. Photovoltaic self-assembly.

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    Lavin, Judith; Kemp, Richard Alan; Stewart, Constantine A.

    2010-10-01

    This late-start LDRD was focused on the application of chemical principles of self-assembly on the ordering and placement of photovoltaic cells in a module. The drive for this chemical-based self-assembly stems from the escalating prices in the 'pick-and-place' technology currently used in the MEMS industries as the size of chips decreases. The chemical self-assembly principles are well-known on a molecular scale in other material science systems but to date had not been applied to the assembly of cells in a photovoltaic array or module. We explored several types of chemical-based self-assembly techniques, including gold-thiol interactions, liquid polymer binding, and hydrophobic-hydrophilic interactions designed to array both Si and GaAs PV chips onto a substrate. Additional research was focused on the modification of PV cells in an effort to gain control over the facial directionality of the cells in a solvent-based environment. Despite being a small footprint research project worked on for only a short time, the technical results and scientific accomplishments were significant and could prove to be enabling technology in the disruptive advancement of the microelectronic photovoltaics industry.

  15. pH-Sensitive self-assembling nanoparticles for tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy

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    Hou, Wenxiu; Zhao, Xin; Qian, Xiaoqing; Pan, Fei; Zhang, Chunlei; Yang, Yuming; de La Fuente, Jesús Martínez; Cui, Daxiang

    2015-12-01

    The development of visual tumor theranostic nanoparticles has become a great challenge. In this study, d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was conjugated to acid-sensitive cis-aconitic anhydride-modified doxorubicin (CAD) to obtain pH-sensitive anti-tumor prodrug nanoparticles (TCAD NPs) via self-assembling. Subsequently, the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) was loaded into the resulting prodrug nanoparticles to prepare a novel tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy system (TCAD@Ce6 NPs). An accelerated release of doxorubicin (DOX) and chlorin e6 (Ce6) from the TCAD@Ce6 NPs could be achieved due to the hydrolysis of the acid-sensitive amide linker under mild acidic conditions (pH = 5.5). An in vitro experiment showed that A549 lung cancer cells exhibited a significantly higher uptake of DOX and Ce6 by using our delivery system than the free form of DOX and Ce6. An in vivo experiment showed that TCAD@Ce6 NPs displayed better tumor targeting gathering through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect than free Ce6, thus improving fluorescence imaging. Moreover, the chemo-photodynamic combination therapy of TCAD@Ce6 NPs combined with near-infrared laser irradiation was confirmed to be capable of inducing high apoptosis and necrosis of tumor cells (A549) in vitro and to display a significantly higher tumor growth suppression in the A549 lung cancer-bearing mice model. Furthermore, compared with exclusive chemotreatment (DOX) or photodynamic treatment (Ce6), our system showed enhanced therapeutic effects both in vitro and in vivo. In conclusion, the high performance TCAD@Ce6 NPs can be used as a promising NIR fluorescence imaging and highly effective chemo-photodynamic system for theranostics of lung cancer, etc. in the near future.The development of visual tumor theranostic nanoparticles has become a great challenge. In this study, d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was

  16. Preparation and characterization of self-assembled chitosan nanoparticles for the sustained delivery of streptokinase: an in vivo study.

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    Modaresi, Seyed Mohamad Sadegh; Ejtemaei Mehr, Shahram; Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali; Esmaeilzadeh Gharehdaghi, Elina; Azarnia, Mahnaz; Modarressi, Mohammad Hossein; Baharifar, Hadi; Vaez, Seyed Javad; Amani, Amir

    2014-08-01

    Chitosan (CS) nanoparticles have been extensively studied as carriers for therapeutic proteins in recent years. In this study, streptokinase loaded-CS nanoparticles were prepared and the pharmacokinetic parameters of streptokinase were compared with those of naked streptokinase. The preparation method included stirring the protein with the CS solution. The optimized combination was used for animal experiments to determine the streptokinase activity in rat plasma. Blood samples were collected at specified intervals and the activity assay was performed based on amidolysis activity of the chromogenic substrate, S2251, by streptokinase-plasminogen activator complex. The results demonstrated that streptokinase-loaded CS nanoparticles have more prolonged amidolytic activity in vivo compared to the naked one. PMID:23859703

  17. Surface charge driven size evolution during the formation of self-assembled nanostructures from discrete hydrophilic silver nanoparticles

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    We investigate the spontaneous evolution of mercaptosuccinic acid-capped silver nanoparticles (MSA-Ag) of size 2.5 ± 1.0 nm during the formation of assembled nanostructures at the air/water interface. In the phase transfer approach induced by the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), the fusion among MSA-Ag nanoparticles is notably accelerated owing to the formation of a CTA-MSA bilayer on the particle surface. Provided that the size-selective separation is carried out in advance for these polydisperse MSA-Ag nanoparticles, either a unitary or a binary orderly superlattice composed of evolved nanoparticles is obtained at the air/water interface. For self-corrective equilibrium growth by adjusting the pH value of the bulk solution through the diffusion of HCl vapor, a competition is found between the superlattice formation and the size growth. The possible size evolution mechanism of each method is proposed. This work also shows that controllable evolution is a useful approach to prepare nanostructures with structural diversity

  18. Highly Sensitive Aluminium(III) Ion Sensor Based on a Self-assembled Monolayer on a Gold Nanoparticles Modified Screen-printed Carbon Electrode.

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    See, Wong Pooi; Heng, Lee Yook; Nathan, Sheila

    2015-01-01

    A new approach for the development of a highly sensitive aluminium(III) ion sensor via the preconcentration of aluminium(III) ion with a self-assembled monolayer on a gold nanoparticles modified screen-printed carbon electrode and current mediation by potassium ferricyanide redox behavior during aluminium(III) ion binding has been attempted. A monolayer of mercaptosuccinic acid served as an effective complexation ligand for the preconcentration of trace aluminium; this led to an enhancement of aluminium(III) ion capture and thus improved the sensitivity of the sensor with a detection limit of down to the ppb level. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the sensor exhibited a wide linear dynamic range from 0.041 to 12.4 μM. The lower detection limit of the developed sensor was 0.037 μM (8.90 ppb) using a 10 min preconcentration time. The sensor showed excellent selectivity towards aluminium(III) ion over other interference ions.

  19. A facile one-pot self-assembly approach to incorporate SnOx nanoparticles in ordered mesoporous carbon with soft templating for fuel cells

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    Huang, Yingqiang; Zhai, Zhicheng; Luo, Zhigang; Liu, Yingju; Liang, Zhurong; Fang, Yueping

    2014-04-01

    Unique SnOx (x = 1,2)/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposites (denoted as SnOx/OMC) are firstly synthesized through a ‘one-pot’ synthesis together with the soft template self-assembly approach. The obtained SnOx/OMC nanocomposites with various SnOx contents exhibit uniform pore sizes between 3.9 and 4.2 nm, high specific surface areas between 497 and 595 m2 g-1, and high pore volumes between 0.39 and 0.48 cm3 g-1. With loading of Pt, Pt-SnOx/OMC with relatively low SnOx content exhibits superior electrocatalytic performance, long-term durability, and resistance to CO poisoning for methanol oxidation, as compared to Pt/OMC, PtRu/C and Pt-SnOx/C, which may be attributed not only to the synergetic effect of embedded SnOx, but also to the highly ordered mesostructure with high specific surface areas and large pore volumes affording plenty of surface area for support of Pt nanoparticles. This work supplies an efficient way to synthesize novel ordered mesoporous carbon self-supported metallic oxide as catalyst support and its further potential application to reduce the cost of catalysts in direct methanol fuel cells.

  20. Self-assembled cyclodextrin-modified gold nanoparticles on silica beads as stationary phase for chiral liquid chromatography and hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Wei, Manman; Chen, Tong; Zhu, Nan; Ma, Yulong

    2016-11-01

    A facile strategy based on self-assembly of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) (60±10nm in size) on the surfaces of amino-functionalized porous silica spheres under mild conditions was proposed. The resulting material possessed a core-shell structure in which AuNPs were the shell and silica spheres were the core. Then, thiolated-β-cyclodextrin (SH-β-CD) was covalently attached onto the AuNPs as chiral selector for the enantioseparation. The resultant packing material was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The separations of nine pairs of enantiomers were achieved by using the new chiral stationary phase (CSP) in the reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) mode, respectively. The results showed the new CSP have more sufficient interaction with the analytes due to the existence of AuNPs on silica surfaces, resulting in faster mass transfer rate, compared with β-CD modified silica column. The result shed light on potential usage of chemical modified NPs as chiral selector for enantioseparation based on HPLC. In addition, the new phase was also used in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) to separate polar compounds and highly hydrophilic compounds. PMID:27591589

  1. Impedimetric biosensor based on self-assembled hybrid cystein-gold nanoparticles and CramoLL lectin for bacterial lipopolysaccharide recognition.

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    Oliveira, Maria D L; Andrade, Cesar A S; Correia, Maria T S; Coelho, Luana C B B; Singh, Pankaj R; Zeng, Xiangqun

    2011-10-01

    We report the development of a new selective and specific electrochemical biosensor for bacterial lipolysaccharide (LPS). An electrode interface was constructed using a l-cysteine-gold nanoparticle (AuNpCys) composite to be immobilized by electrostatic interaction in the network of a poly(vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate maleic acid) (PVM) layer on a gold bare electrode. The impedimetric biosensor is fabricated by self-assembled CramoLL lectin on the PVM-AuNpCys-modified gold electrode through electrostatic interaction. CramoLL is used as the recognition interface. AFM images showed that LPS was specifically recognized on the PVM-AuNpCys-CramoLL system surface. The measurements of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the electrochemical response of a redox probe system (K(4)[Fe(CN)(6)](4-)/K(3)[Fe(CN)(6)](3-)) were blocked, due to the procedures of modified electrode with PVM-AuNpCys-CramoLL. In the majority of the experiments the lectin retained its activity as observed through its interaction with LPS from Escherichia coli, Serratia marcescens, Salmonella enterica and Klebsiella pneumoniae. The results are expressed in terms of the charge transfer resistance and current peak anodic using the EIS and CV techniques for the development of a biosensor for contamination by endotoxins. A new type of sensor for selective discrimination of LPS types with a high sensitivity has been obtained. PMID:21752390

  2. Self-assembled platinum nanoparticles on sulfonic acid-grafted graphene as effective electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation in direct methanol fuel cells

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    Lu, Jinlin; Li, Yanhong; Li, Shengli; Jiang, San Ping

    2016-02-01

    In this article, sulfonic acid-grafted reduced graphene oxide (S-rGO) were synthesized using a one-pot method under mild conditions, and used as Pt catalyst supports to prepare Pt/S-rGO electrocatalysts through a self-assembly route. The structure, morphologies and physicochemical properties of S-rGO were examined in detail by techniques such as atomic force microscope (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The S-rGO nanosheets show excellent solubility and stability in water and the average particle size of Pt nanoparticles supported on S-rGO is ~3.8 nm with symmetrical and uniform distribution. The electrocatalytic properties of Pt/S-rGO were investigated for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). In comparison to Pt supported on high surface area Vulcan XC-72 carbon (Pt/VC) and Pt/rGO, the Pt/S-rGO electrocatalyst exhibits a much higher electrocatalytic activity, faster reaction kinetics and a better stability. The results indicate that Pt/S-rGO is a promising and effective electrocatalyst for MOR of DMFCs.

  3. Preparation of Biocatalytic Microparticles by Interfacial Self-Assembly of Enzyme-Nanoparticle Conjugates Around a Cross-Linkable Core.

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    Andler, S M; Wang, L-S; Goddard, J M; Rotello, V M

    2016-01-01

    Rational design of hierarchical interfacial assembly of reusable biocatalytic microparticles is described in this chapter. Specifically, purified enzymes and functionalized nanoparticles are electrostatically assembled at the interface of cross-linked microparticles which are formed through ring opening metathesis polymerization. The diameters of microparticle assemblies average 10μm, and they show enhanced kinetic efficiency as well as improved stability against heat, pH, and solvent denaturation when compared to stabilities of the corresponding native enzymes.

  4. In situ small-angle X-ray scattering studies of sterically-stabilized diblock copolymer nanoparticles formed during polymerization-induced self-assembly in non-polar media

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    Derry, MJ; Fielding, LA; Warren, NJ; Mable, CJ; Smith, AJ; Mykhaylyk, OO; Armes, SP

    2016-01-01

    Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) dispersion polymerization of benzyl methacrylate (BzMA) is utilized to prepare a series of poly(stearyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PSMA-PBzMA) diblock copolymer nano-objects at 90 °C directly in mineral oil. Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) occurs under these conditions, with the resulting nanoparticles exhibiting spherical, worm-like or vesicular morphologies when using a relatively short PSMA13 macromolecular c...

  5. Plasmon resonance hybridization in self-assembled copper nanoparticle clusters: efficient and precise localization of surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing based on Fano resonances.

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    Ahmadivand, Arash; Pala, Nezih

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we have investigated the hybridization of plasmon resonance modes in completely copper (Cu)-based subwavelength nanoparticle clusters from simple symmetric dimers to complex asymmetric self-assembled structures. The quality of apparent bonding and antibonding plasmon resonance modes for all of the clusters has been studied, and we examined the spectral response of each one of the proposed configurations numerically using the finite-difference time domain (FDTD) method. The effect of the geometric sizes of nanoparticles used and substrate refractive index on the cross-sectional profiles of each of the studied structures has been calculated and drawn. We proved that Fano-like resonance can be formed in Cu-based heptamer clusters as in analogous noble metallic particles (e.g., Au and Ag) by determining the coupling strength and interference between sub-radiant and super-radiant resonance modes. Employing certain Cu nanodiscs in designing an octamer structure, we measured the quality of the Fano dip formation along the scattering diagram. Accurate tuning of the geometric sizes for the Cu-based octamer yields an opportunity to observe isotropic, deep, and narrow Fano minima along the scattering profile that are in comparable condition with the response of other plasmonic metallic substances. Immersing investigated final Cu-based octamer in various liquids with different refractive indices, we determined the sensing accuracy of the cluster based on the performance of the Fano dip. Plotting a linear diagram of plasmon energy differences over the refractive index variations as a figure of merit (FoM), which we have quantified as 13.25. With this method, the precision of the completely Cu-based octamer is verified numerically using the FDTD tool. This study paves the way toward the use of Cu as an efficient, low-cost, and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible plasmonic material with optical properties that are similar to analogous plasmonic

  6. Novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles for formulating a poorly water-soluble drug in oral solid granules, improving stability, palatability, and bioavailability

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    Guo, Shujie; Pham, Kevin; Li, Diana; Penzak, Scott R; Dong, Xiaowei

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to develop a novel lipid-based nanotechnology to formulate poorly water-soluble drugs in oral solid granules to improve stability, palatability, and bioavailability. Materials and methods In one method, we prepared ritonavir (RTV) nanoparticles (NPs) by a microemulsion-precursor method and then converted the RTV NPs to solid granules by wet granulation to produce RTV NP-containing granules. In the other innovative method, we did not use water in the formulation preparation, and discovered novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles (ISNPs). We prepared RTV ISNP granules that did not initially contain NPs, but spontaneously produced RTV ISNPs when the granules were introduced to water with gentle agitation. We fully characterized these RTV nanoformulations. We also used rats to test the bioavailability of RTV ISNP granules. Finally, an Astree electronic tongue was used to assess the taste of the RTV ISNP granules. Results RTV NP-containing granules only had about 1% drug loading of RTV in the solid granules. In contrast, RTV ISNP granules achieved over 16% drug loading and were stable at room temperature over 24 weeks. RTV ISNPs had particle size between 160 nm and 300 nm with narrow size distribution. RTV ISNPs were stable in simulated gastric fluid for 2 hours and in simulated intestinal fluid for another 6 hours. The data from the electronic tongue showed that the RTV ISNP granules were similar in taste to blank ISNP granules, but were much different from RTV solution. RTV ISNP granules increased RTV bioavailability over 2.5-fold compared to RTV solution. Conclusion We successfully discovered and developed novel ISNPs to manufacture RTV ISNP granules that were reconstitutable, stable, and palatable, and improved RTV bioavailability. The novel ISNP nanotechnology is a platform to manufacture oral solid dosage forms for poorly water-soluble drugs, especially for pediatric formulation development. PMID:27103803

  7. Self-assembled targeted nanoparticles based on transferrin-modified eight-arm-polyethylene glycol–dihydroartemisinin conjugate

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    Liu, Kefeng; Dai, Lin; Li, Chunxiao; Liu, Jing; Wang, Luying; Lei, Jiandu

    2016-07-01

    Poor delivery of insoluble anticancer drugs has so far precluded their clinical application. In this study, an efficient tumor targeted-nanoparticle delivery system, transferrin-eight-arm-polyethylene glycol–dihydroartemisinin nanoparticles (TF-8arm-PEG-DHA NPs) for the vehiculation of dihydroartemisinin (DHA) was first prepared and evaluated for its targeting efficiency and cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo to Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells, which overexpress transferrin receptors (TFRs). The synthesized TF-8arm-PEG–DHA NPs had high solubility (~102 fold of free DHA), relatively high drug loading (~10 wt% DHA), long circulating half-life and moderate particle size (~147 nm). The in vitro cytotoxicity and in vivo tumor growth inhibition studies in LLC-tumor bearing mice confirmed the enhanced efficacy of TF-modified 8arm-PEG-DHA NPs compared to free DHA and non-modified 8arm-PEG-DHA NPs. All these results together supported that the formulation developed in this work exhibited great potential as an effective tumor targeting delivery system for insoluble anticancer drugs.

  8. Self-Assembling Micelle-like Nanoparticles Based on Phospholipid-Polyethyleneimine Conjugates for Systemic Gene Delivery

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    Ko, Young Tag; Kale, Amit; Hartner, William C.; Papahadjopoulos-Sternberg, Brigitte; Torchilin, Vladimir P.

    2011-01-01

    With few exceptions, where local administration is feasible, progress towards broad clinical application of gene therapies requires the development of effective delivery systems. Here we report a novel non-viral gene delivery vector, ‘micelle-like nanoparticle’ (MNP) suitable for systemic application. MNP were engineered by condensing plasmid DNA with a chemical conjugate of phospholipid with polyethylenimine (PLPEI) and then coating the complexes with an envelope of lipid monolayer additionally containing polyethylene glycol-phosphatidyl ethanolamine (PEG-PE), resulting in spherical ‘hard-core’ nanoparticles loaded with DNA. MNP allowed for complete protection of the loaded DNA from enzymatic degradation, resistance to salt-induced aggregation, and reduced cytotoxicity. MNP also demonstrated prolonged blood circulation and low RES accumulation. Intravenous injection of MNP loaded with plasmid DNA encoding for the Green Fluorescence Protein (GFP) resulted in an effective transfection of a distal tumor. Thus, MNP provide a promising tool for systemic gene therapy. PMID:18929605

  9. Structure and Properties of Nano- and Meso-Scale Materials Prepared by Designed Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles

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    The work presented in this thesis explores the homo- and co-assembly process, structural characteristics and properties of nano- and meso-scale, one- and three-dimensional structures composed of nanoscale building blocks. In chapter 3, we developed a method for terminating the colloidal polymerization process of gold nanorods by post-assembly photocrosslinking of polymer ligands. By functionalizing gold nanorods with a hydrophobic polymer containing pendant double bonds, we were able to compartmentalize a hydrophobic photoinitiator. We could then suppress the association ability of the polymer ligands by covalently crosslinking them using photoirradiation. The averaged aggregation number of the polymers could be predicted from the kinetics of molecular step-growth polymerization. Furthermore, we found that following crosslinking, the inert-rod distance reduced, and the nanorod co-linearity increased, both allowing for better electromagnetic coupling between the nanorods. In chapter 4, we further explored the resemblance between colloidal and molecular polymerization reactions by applying strategies from molecular copolymerization to the co-assembly of gold nanorods with different dimensions into random and block copolymer structures (plasmonic copolymers). The approach was extended to the co-assembly of random copolymers of gold and palladium nanorods. We showed that the formation of random copolymers is achieved regardless of the composition, size, or concentration if both co-monomers are present at the beginning of the copolymerization. Block copolymers were prepared by combining one pre-polymer with the second monomer, or two pre-polymers. A kinetic model validated and further expanded the kinetic theories developed for molecular copolymerization reactions. Chapters 5 and 6 explore a bottom-up method to produce composite materials from spherical nanoparticles with different core-composition, surface-characteristics, and concentrations and cellulose nanocrystals

  10. Synthesis of Janus-like gold nanoparticles with hydrophilic/hydrophobic faces by surface ligand exchange and their self-assemblies in water.

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    Iida, Ryo; Kawamura, Hitoshi; Niikura, Kenichi; Kimura, Takashi; Sekiguchi, Shota; Joti, Yasumasa; Bessho, Yoshitaka; Mitomo, Hideyuki; Nishino, Yoshinori; Ijiro, Kuniharu

    2015-04-14

    This study aims at the synthesis of Janus gold nanoparticles (Janus GNPs) with hydrophilic/hydrophobic faces by a simple ligand exchange reaction in an homogeneous system and at the elucidation of the self-assembled structures of the Janus GNPs in water. As hydrophilic surface ligands, we synthesized hexaethylene glycol (E6)-terminated thiolate ligands with C3, C7, or C11 alkyl chains, referred to as E6C3, E6C7, and E6C11, respectively. As a hydrophobic ligand, a butyl-headed thiolate ligand C4-E6C11, in which a C4 alkyl was introduced on the E6C11 terminus, was synthesized. The degree of segregation between the two ligands on the GNPs (5 nm in diameter) was examined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of fright mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis. We found that the choice of immobilization methods, one-step or two-step addition of the two ligands to the GNP solution, crucially affects the degree of segregation. The two-step addition of a hydrophilic ligand (E6C3) followed by a hydrophobic ligand (C4-E6C11) produced a large degree of segregation on the GNPs, providing Janus-like GNPs. When dispersed in water, these Janus-like GNPs formed assemblies of ∼160 nm in diameter, whereas Domain GNPs, in which the two ligands formed partial domains on the surface, were precipitated even when the molar ratio of the hydrophilic ligand and the hydrophobic ligand on the surface of the NPs was almost 1:1. The assembled structure of the Janus-like GNPs in water was directly observed by pulsed coherent X-ray solution scattering using an X-ray free-electron laser, revealing irregular spherical structures with uneven surfaces.

  11. Overcoming the diffusion barrier of mucus and absorption barrier of epithelium by self-assembled nanoparticles for oral delivery of insulin.

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    Shan, Wei; Zhu, Xi; Liu, Min; Li, Lian; Zhong, Jiaju; Sun, Wei; Zhang, Zhirong; Huang, Yuan

    2015-03-24

    Nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated great potential for the oral delivery of protein drugs that have very limited oral bioavailability. Orally administered NPs could be absorbed by the epithelial tissue only if they successfully permeate through the mucus that covers the epithelium. However, efficient epithelial absorption and mucus permeation require very different surface properties of a nanocarrier. We herein report self-assembled NPs for efficient oral delivery of insulin by facilitating both of these two processes. The NPs possess a nanocomplex core composed of insulin and cell penetrating peptide (CPP), and a dissociable hydrophilic coating of N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide copolymer (pHPMA) derivatives. After systematic screening using mucus-secreting epithelial cells, NPs exhibit excellent permeation in mucus due to the "mucus-inert" pHPMA coating, as well as high epithelial absorption mediated by CPP. The investigation of NP behavior shows that the pHPMA molecules gradually dissociate from the NP surface as it permeates through mucus, and the CPP-rich core is revealed in time for subsequent transepithelial transport through the secretory endoplasmic reticulum/Golgi pathway and endocytic recycling pathway. The NPs exhibit 20-fold higher absorption than free insulin on mucus-secreting epithelium cells, and orally administered NPs generate a prominent hypoglycemic response and an increase of the serum insulin concentration in diabetic rats. Our study provides the evidence of using pHPMA as dissociable "mucus-inert" agent to enhance mucus permeation of NPs, and validates a strategy to overcome the multiple absorption barriers using NP platform with dissociable hydrophilic coating and drug-loaded CPP-rich core.

  12. Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Grain Like Curcumin Conjugated ZnO: Curcumin Conjugation Enhances Removal of Perylene, Fluoranthene, and Chrysene by ZnO

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    Moussawi, Rasha N.; Patra, Digambara

    2016-04-01

    Curcumin conjugated ZnO, referred as Zn(cur)O, nanostructures have been successfully synthesized, these sub-micro grain-like structures are actually self-assemblies of individual needle-shaped nanoparticles. The nanostructures as synthesized possess the wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure of ZnO and exhibit very good crystalline quality. FT-Raman and TGA analysis establish that Zn(cur)O is different from curcumin anchored ZnO (ZnO@cur), which is prepared by physically adsorbing curcumin on ZnO surfaces. Chemically Zn(cur)O is more stable than ZnO@cur. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates Zn(cur)O have more impurities compared to ZnO@cur. The solid-state photoluminescence of Zn(cur)O has been investigated, which demonstrates that increase of curcumin concentration in Zn(cur)O suppresses visible emission of ZnO prepared through the same method, this implies filling ZnO defects by curcumin. However, at excitation wavelength 425 nm the emission is dominated by fluorescence from curcumin. The study reveals that Zn(cur)O can remove to a far extent high concentrations of perylene, fluoranthene, and chrysene faster than ZnO. The removal depends on the extent of curcumin conjugation and is found to be faster for PAHs having smaller number of aromatic rings, particularly, it is exceptional for fluoranthene with 93% removal after 10 minutes in the present conditions. The high rate of removal is related to photo-degradation and a mechanism has been proposed.

  13. Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Grain Like Curcumin Conjugated ZnO: Curcumin Conjugation Enhances Removal of Perylene, Fluoranthene, and Chrysene by ZnO

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    Moussawi, Rasha N.; Patra, Digambara

    2016-01-01

    Curcumin conjugated ZnO, referred as Zn(cur)O, nanostructures have been successfully synthesized, these sub-micro grain-like structures are actually self-assemblies of individual needle-shaped nanoparticles. The nanostructures as synthesized possess the wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure of ZnO and exhibit very good crystalline quality. FT-Raman and TGA analysis establish that Zn(cur)O is different from curcumin anchored ZnO (ZnO@cur), which is prepared by physically adsorbing curcumin on ZnO surfaces. Chemically Zn(cur)O is more stable than ZnO@cur. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates Zn(cur)O have more impurities compared to ZnO@cur. The solid-state photoluminescence of Zn(cur)O has been investigated, which demonstrates that increase of curcumin concentration in Zn(cur)O suppresses visible emission of ZnO prepared through the same method, this implies filling ZnO defects by curcumin. However, at excitation wavelength 425 nm the emission is dominated by fluorescence from curcumin. The study reveals that Zn(cur)O can remove to a far extent high concentrations of perylene, fluoranthene, and chrysene faster than ZnO. The removal depends on the extent of curcumin conjugation and is found to be faster for PAHs having smaller number of aromatic rings, particularly, it is exceptional for fluoranthene with 93% removal after 10 minutes in the present conditions. The high rate of removal is related to photo-degradation and a mechanism has been proposed. PMID:27080002

  14. Towards negative index self-assembled metamaterials

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    Fruhnert, Martin; Lederer, Falk; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic response of meta-atoms that can be fabricated by a bottom-up technique. Usually such meta-atoms consist of a dielectric core surrounded by a large number of solid metallic nanoparticles. In contrast to those meta-atoms considered thus far, we study here for the first time hollow metallic nanoparticles (shells). In doing so we solve one of the most pertinent problems of current self-assembled metamaterials, namely implementing meta-atoms with sufficiently large resonance strength and small absorption. Both conditions have to be met for deep sub-wavelength meta-atoms to obtain effectively homogeneous metamaterials which may be meaningfully described by negative material parameters. Eventually we show that by using these findings self-assembled negative index materials come in reach.

  15. Novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles for formulating a poorly water-soluble drug in oral solid granules, improving stability, palatability, and bioavailability

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Shujie Guo,1 Kevin Pham,2 Diana Li,2 Scott R Penzak,3 Xiaowei Dong2 1State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Hypertension, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel lipid-based nanotechnology to formulate poorly water-soluble drugs in oral solid granules to improve stability, palatability, and bioavailability. Materials and methods: In one method, we prepared ritonavir (RTV nanoparticles (NPs by a microemulsion-precursor method and then converted the RTV NPs to solid granules by wet granulation to produce RTV NP-containing granules. In the other innovative method, we did not use water in the formulation preparation, and discovered novel in situ self-assembly nanoparticles (ISNPs. We prepared RTV ISNP granules that did not initially contain NPs, but spontaneously produced RTV ISNPs when the granules were introduced to water with gentle agitation. We fully characterized these RTV nanoformulations. We also used rats to test the bioavailability of RTV ISNP granules. Finally, an Astree electronic tongue was used to assess the taste of the RTV ISNP granules. Results: RTV NP-containing granules only had about 1% drug loading of RTV in the solid granules. In contrast, RTV ISNP granules achieved over 16% drug loading and were stable at room temperature over 24 weeks. RTV ISNPs had particle size between 160 nm and 300 nm with narrow size distribution. RTV ISNPs were stable in simulated gastric fluid for 2 hours and in simulated intestinal fluid for another 6 hours. The data from the electronic tongue showed that the RTV ISNP granules were similar in taste to blank ISNP granules, but were much different from RTV solution. RTV ISNP granules increased RTV bioavailability

  16. Self Assembly of Complex Building Blocks

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    Stucke, David; Crespi, Vincent

    2004-03-01

    A genetic search algorithm for optimizing the packing density of self-assembled multicomponent crystals of nanoparticles applied to complex colloidal building blocks will be presented. The algorithm searches the complex multi-dimensional space to find preferred crystal structures where standard methods fail. Mixtures of colloidal molecules and the structures found to be preferred to phase separation for different species of coloidal molecule mixtures will be shown.

  17. Self-assembly via microfluidics

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    Wang, Lei; Sánchez, Samuel

    2015-01-01

    The self-assembly of amphiphilic building blocks has attracted extensive interest in myriad fields in recent years, due to their great potential in the nanoscale design of functional hybrid materials. Microfluidic techniques provide an intriguing method to control kinetic aspects of the self-assembly of molecular amphiphiles by the facile adjustment of the hydrodynamics of the fluids. Up to now, there have been several reports about one-step direct self-assembly of different building blocks w...

  18. 阿霉素自组装纳米粒的制备及其抗肿瘤活性的研究%Preparation and Research on the Aniti-Tumor Activity of Adriamycin Self-assembled Nanoparticles

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    诸佳珍; 李范珠

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    [目的]制备胆固醇基普鲁兰多糖阿霉素自组装纳米粒(Self-assembled ADM-loaded cholesterol modified pul ulan nanoparticles, ADM-CHSP-SAN)并考察其体外抗肿瘤活性。[方法]以胆固醇基普鲁兰多糖(cholesterol-modified pul ulan,CHSP)为载体,采用透析法制备ADM-CHSP-SAN,并测定其形态、粒径、Zeta电位、包封率和载药量,采用MTT法研究其抑制U251肿瘤细胞的活性作用。[结果]ADM-CHSP-SAN外观呈圆形或类圆形,平均粒径为(112.8±1.02)nm,Zeta电位为(-27.2±0.246)mV,包封率和载药量分别为(67.14±1.21)%和(7.65±0.58)%;体外释药行为符合Higuchi方程;给药剂量大于25μg·mL-1时,ADM-CHSP-SAN抑制U251肿瘤细胞的活性作用明显优于阿霉素溶液剂(P<0.01)。[结论]将阿霉素制备成ADM-CHSP-SAN可有效提高药物的抗肿瘤活性。%[Objective] To prepare adriamycin self-assembled nanoparticles, and study the in vivo anti-tumor activity. [Methods]The self-assembled adri-amycin loaded cholesterol-modified pul ulan nanoparticles were prepared by dialysis and were characterized by morphology for particle size,Zeta potential, entrapment efficiency,drug loading content.They were incubated with U251 cel s to assess the inhibition ability of the self-assembled adriamycin-loaded cholesterol-modified pul ulan nanoparticles. [Results]The morphology of self-assembled adriamycin loaded cholesterol-modified pul ulan nanoparticles was spherical. The mean particle size, Zeta potential, entrapment efficiency and drug loading were (112.8 ±1.02)nm,(-27.2±0.246)mV,(67.14±1.21)% and (7.65±0.58)%, respectively.The profiles of release were expressed wel by Higuchi equation. When the dosages were 25μg·mL-1 plus, the inhibiton ability against U251 was stronger than adriamycin solution( P<0.01).[Conclusion]The self-assembled adriamycin loaded cholesterol-modified pul ulan nanoparticles exhibited more cycitoxic activity against U251

  19. Titanium Surface Priming with Phase-Transited Lysozyme to Establish a Silver Nanoparticle-Loaded Chitosan/Hyaluronic Acid Antibacterial Multilayer via Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly.

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    Full Text Available The formation of biofilm around implants, which is induced by immediate bacterial colonization after installation, is the primary cause of post-operation infection. Initial surface modification is usually required to incorporate antibacterial agents on titanium (Ti surfaces to inhibit biofilm formation. However, simple and effective priming methods are still lacking for the development of an initial functional layer as a base for subsequent coatings on titanium surfaces. The purpose of our work was to establish a novel initial layer on Ti surfaces using phase-transited lysozyme (PTL, on which multilayer coatings can incorporate silver nanoparticles (AgNP using chitosan (CS and hyaluronic acid (HA via a layer-by-layer (LbL self-assembly technique.In this study, the surfaces of Ti substrates were primed by dipping into a mixture of lysozyme and tris(2-carboxyethylphosphine (TCEP to obtain PTL-functionalized Ti substrates. The subsequent alternating coatings of HA and chitosan loaded with AgNP onto the precursor layer of PTL were carried out via LbL self-assembly to construct multilayer coatings on Ti substrates.The results of SEM and XPS indicated that the necklace-like PTL and self-assembled multilayer were successfully immobilized on the Ti substrates. The multilayer coatings loaded with AgNP can kill planktonic and adherent bacteria to 100% during the first 4 days. The antibacterial efficacy of the samples against planktonic and adherent bacteria achieved 65%-90% after 14 days. The sustained release of Ag over 14 days can prevent bacterial invasion until mucosa healing. Although the AgNP-containing structure showed some cytotoxicity, the toxicity can be reduced by controlling the Ag release rate and concentration.The PTL priming method provides a promising strategy for fabricating long-term antibacterial multilayer coatings on titanium surfaces via the LbL self-assembly technique, which is effective in preventing implant-associated infections

  20. Lamellar crystalline self-assembly behaviour and solid lipid nanoparticles of a palmityl prodrug analogue of Capecitabine—A chemotherapy agent

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    Gong, Xiaojuan; Moghaddam, Minoo J.; Sagnella, Sharon M.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Danon, Stephen J.; Waddington, Lynne J.; Drummond, Calum J. [CSIRO/MSE

    2014-09-24

    An amphiphile prodrug, 5'-deoxy-5-fluoro-N4-(palmityloxycarbonyl) cytidine or 5'-deoxy-5-fluoro-N4-(hexadecanaloxycarbonyl) cytidine (5-FCPal), consisting of the same head group as the commercially available chemotherapeutic agent Capecitabine, linked to a palmityl hydrocarbon chain via a carbamate bond is reported. Thermal analysis of this prodrug indicates that it melts at ~115 °C followed quickly by degradation beginning at ~120 °C. The neat solid 5-FCPal amphiphile acquires a lamellar crystalline arrangement with a d-spacing of 28.6 ± 0.3 Å, indicating interdigitation of the hydrocarbon chains. Under aqueous conditions, solid 5-FCPal is non-swelling and no lyotropic liquid crystalline phase formation is observed. In order to assess the in vitro toxicity and in vivo efficacy in colloidal form, solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) with an average size of ~700 nm were produced via high pressure homogenization. The in vitro toxicity of the 5-FCPal SLNs against several different cancer and normal cell types was assessed over a 48 h period, and IC50 values were comparable to those observed for Capecitabine. The in vivo efficacy of the 5-FCPal SLNs was then assessed against the highly aggressive mouse 4T1 breast cancer model. To do so, the prodrug SLNs were administered orally at 3 different dosages (0.1, 0.25, 0.5 mmol/mouse/day) and compared to Capecitabine delivered at the same dosages. After 21 days of receiving the treatments, the 0.5 mmol dose of 5-FCPal exhibited the smallest average tumour volume. Since 5-FCPal is activated in a similar manner to Capecitabine via a 3 step enzymatic pathway with the final step occurring preferentially at the tumour site, formulation of the prodrug into SLNs combines the advantage of selective, localized activation with the sustained release properties of nanostructured amphiphile self-assembly and multiple payload materials thereby potentially creating a more effective anticancer agent.

  1. An Improved Method for Site-Specific End Modification of Zeolite L for the Formation of Zeolite L and Gold Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Structures

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    Beierle, John M.; Roswanda, Robby; Erne, Petra M.; Coleman, Anthony C.; Browne, Wesley R.; Feringa, Ben L.

    2013-01-01

    The ability to site-selectively modify micro- and nanosized particles has allowed for directed self-assembly in two and three dimensions. Site-selective modification of particles can be a complicated task requiring the pre-organization of particles or enhanced particle fabrication methods. The alumi

  2. Reactive self-assembled monolayers on flat and nanoparticle surfaces, and their application in soft and scanning probe lithographic nanofabrication technologies

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    Li, Xue-Mei; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly is an interesting process both for its biological relevance and because it provides a novel approach to complex structures having nanometer-scale dimensions. These structures are difficult or impossible to prepare by traditional methods. In this article, a general review on the use of

  3. Building a Low-Cost, Six-Electrode Instrument to Measure Electrical Properties of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Gold Nanoparticles

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    Gerber, Ralph W.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria

    2007-01-01

    The development of a new low-cost, six-electrode instrument for measuring the electrical properties of the self-assembled monolayers of gold particles is being described. The system can also be used to measure conductive liquids, except for those that contain aqua region.

  4. Inducing self-assembly of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} nanoparticles via Ca-doping for improved pinning in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}

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    Barnes, P.N., E-mail: paul.barnes@wpafb.af.mi [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Haugan, T.J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Baca, F.J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 (United States); Varanasi, C.V. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); University of Dayton Research Institute, Metals and Ceramics, 2645 Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45469 (United States); Wheeler, R.; Meisenkothen, F. [UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton-Xenia Drive, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Sathiraju, S. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States)

    2009-12-01

    Different mechanisms may exists as a means to provide additional or specialized enhancement of existing nanoparticulate pinning in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) thin films. In the particular case of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) nanoparticles, Ca-doping of these nanoparticles via addition to the Y211 target material provides an additional increase to the J{sub c}(H). YBCO + Y211 samples were created by pulsed laser deposition with alternating targets of YBCO with Y211 and Y211 doped with Ca. Initial indications suggest that this improvement in pinning results from some scattered short-ranged self-assembly of the nanoparticles into short nanocolumns.

  5. 轮状病毒结构蛋白自组装修饰金纳米粒子%Modification of Gold Nanoparticles by Self-Assembly of Rotavirus Structural Protein

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    李咏梅; 赵庆欢

    2015-01-01

    In this research,gold nanoparticles were modified by self-assembly of rotavirus structural protein VP6,and VP6 coated gold nanoparticles were formed.The biocompatibility of gold nanoparticles enhanced and surfaces covered with abundant chemical groups,and then made it easier for applications in targeted drug deliv-ery,hyperthermia,and in vivo imaging.%通过轮状病毒结构蛋白 VP6自组装的方式对金纳米粒子进行了修饰,获得了 VP6包覆的金纳米复合材料,改善了金纳米粒子的生物相容性,使其表面带有丰富的化学基团,更易在靶向药物输运、热疗及造影等方面获得新应用。

  6. Preparation and characterization of highly water-soluble magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles via surface double-layered self-assembly method of sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate

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    Li, Honghong; Qin, Li [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Feng, Ying [Department of Bridge Engineering, Shanxi Railway Institute, Weinan 714000 (China); Hu, Lihua [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Zhou, Chunhua, E-mail: chm_zhouch@ujn.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2015-06-15

    A kind of double-layered self-assembly sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) capped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN) with highly water-solubility was prepared by a wet co-precipitation method with a pH of 4.8. The resulting Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN could be dispersed into water to form stable magnetic fluid without other treatments. The result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN maintained original crystalline structure and exhibited a diameter of about 7.5 nm. The iron oxide phase of nanoparticles determined by Raman spectroscopy is Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis confirmed that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN with spherical morphology were uniformly dispersed in water. FT-IR spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) verified the successful preparation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN capped with double-layered self-assembled AOS. The corresponding capacities of monolayer chemical absorption and the second-layer self-assembly absorption were respectively 4.07 and 14.71 wt% of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-MN, which were much lower than those of other surfactants. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) test result showed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN possessed superparamagnetic behavior with the saturation magnetization value of about 44.45 emu/g. The blocking temperature T{sub B} of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS is 170 K. - Highlights: • Double-layered self-assembly sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) capped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles are prepared by a wet co-precipitation method. • Double-layered Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN exhibits highly water-solubility. • The iron oxide phase is determined by Raman spectroscopy. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS possesses super-paramagnetic behavior. • The blocking temperature T{sub B} of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS is 170 K.

  7. Preparation and characterization of highly water-soluble magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles via surface double-layered self-assembly method of sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate

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    A kind of double-layered self-assembly sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) capped Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4-AOS-MN) with highly water-solubility was prepared by a wet co-precipitation method with a pH of 4.8. The resulting Fe3O4-AOS-MN could be dispersed into water to form stable magnetic fluid without other treatments. The result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the Fe3O4-AOS-MN maintained original crystalline structure and exhibited a diameter of about 7.5 nm. The iron oxide phase of nanoparticles determined by Raman spectroscopy is Fe3O4. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis confirmed that the Fe3O4-AOS-MN with spherical morphology were uniformly dispersed in water. FT-IR spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) verified the successful preparation of Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered self-assembled AOS. The corresponding capacities of monolayer chemical absorption and the second-layer self-assembly absorption were respectively 4.07 and 14.71 wt% of Fe3O4-MN, which were much lower than those of other surfactants. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) test result showed Fe3O4-AOS-MN possessed superparamagnetic behavior with the saturation magnetization value of about 44.45 emu/g. The blocking temperature TB of Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS is 170 K. - Highlights: • Double-layered self-assembly sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) capped Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles are prepared by a wet co-precipitation method. • Double-layered Fe3O4-AOS-MN exhibits highly water-solubility. • The iron oxide phase is determined by Raman spectroscopy. • Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS possesses super-paramagnetic behavior. • The blocking temperature TB of Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS is 170 K

  8. Preparation and characterization of highly water-soluble magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles via surface double-layered self-assembly method of sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate

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    Li, Honghong; Qin, Li; Feng, Ying; Hu, Lihua; Zhou, Chunhua

    2015-06-01

    A kind of double-layered self-assembly sodium alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) capped Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4-AOS-MN) with highly water-solubility was prepared by a wet co-precipitation method with a pH of 4.8. The resulting Fe3O4-AOS-MN could be dispersed into water to form stable magnetic fluid without other treatments. The result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the Fe3O4-AOS-MN maintained original crystalline structure and exhibited a diameter of about 7.5 nm. The iron oxide phase of nanoparticles determined by Raman spectroscopy is Fe3O4. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis confirmed that the Fe3O4-AOS-MN with spherical morphology were uniformly dispersed in water. FT-IR spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) verified the successful preparation of Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered self-assembled AOS. The corresponding capacities of monolayer chemical absorption and the second-layer self-assembly absorption were respectively 4.07 and 14.71 wt% of Fe3O4-MN, which were much lower than those of other surfactants. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) test result showed Fe3O4-AOS-MN possessed superparamagnetic behavior with the saturation magnetization value of about 44.45 emu/g. The blocking temperature TB of Fe3O4-AOS-MN capped with double-layered AOS is 170 K.

  9. Water-soluble light-emitting nanoparticles prepared by non-covalent bond self-assembly of a hydroxyl group functionalized oligo(p-phenyleneethynylene) with different water-soluble polymers

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    2010-01-01

    Water-soluble light-emitting nanoparticles were prepared from hydroxyl group functionalized oligos(p-phenyleneethynylene) (OHOPEL) and water-soluble polymers(PEG,PAA,and PG) by non-covalent bond self-assembly.Their structure and optoelectronic properties were investigated through dynamic light scattering(DLS) ,UV and PL spectroscopy.The optical properties of OHOPEL-based water-soluble nanoparticles exhibited the same properties as that found in OHOPEL films,indicating the existence of interchain-aggregation of OHOPELs in the nanoparticles.OHOPEL-based nanoparticles prepared from conjugated oligomers show smaller size and lower dispersity than nanoparticles from conjugated polymers,which means that the structures of water-soluble nanoparticles are linked to the conjugated length.Furthermore,the OHOPEL/PG and OHOPEL/PAA systems produced smaller particles and lower polydispersity than the OHOPEL/PEG system,indicating that there may exist influence of the strength of non-covalent bonds on the size and degree of dispersity of the nanoparticles.

  10. Facile synthesis of new nano sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction by self assembling of bis-(2,4,4-trimethyl pentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid on Fe3O4-Ag core-shell nanoparticles: Characterization and application

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    Graphical abstract: Self assembling of bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid on Fe3O4-Ag core-shell nanoparticles and application of it for solid phase extraction of PAHs. Highlights: ► A novel sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction of PAHs was introduced. ► Silver was coated on Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs) by reduction of AgNO3 with NaBH4. ► Bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid self-assembled on silver coated MNPs. ► Size, morphology, composition and properties of the nanoparticles were characterized. ► Extraction efficiency of the sorbent was investigated by extraction of five PAHs. - Abstract: A novel sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction by self-assembling of organosulfur compound, (bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid), onto the silver-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles was introduced. Due to the formation of covalent bond of S-Ag, the new coating on the silver surface was very stable and showed high thermal stability (up to 320 °C). The size, morphology, composition, and properties of the prepared nanoparticles have also been characterized and determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Extraction efficiency of the new sorbent was investigated by extraction of five polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as model compounds. The optimum extraction conditions for PAHs were obtained as of extraction time, 20 min; 50 mg sorbent from 100 mL of the sample solution, and elution with 100 μL of 1-propanol under fierce vortex for 2 min. Under the optimal conditions, the calibration curves were obtained in the range of 0.05–100 μg L−1 (R2 > 0.9980) and the LODs (S/N = 3) were obtained in the range of 0.02–0.10 μg L−1. Relative standard deviations (RSDs) for intra- and inter-day precision were 2.6–4.2% and 3.6–8.3%, respectively. In

  11. Coded nanoscale self-assembly

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    Prathyush Samineni; Debabrata Goswami

    2008-12-01

    We demonstrate coded self-assembly in nanostructures using the code seeded at the component level through computer simulations. Defects or cavities occur in all natural assembly processes including crystallization and our simulations capture this essential aspect under surface minimization constraints for self-assembly. Our bottom-up approach to nanostructures would provide a new dimension towards nanofabrication and better understanding of defects and crystallization process.

  12. Evaluation of self-assembled HCPT-loaded PEG-b-PLA nanoparticles by comparing with HCPT-loaded PLA nanoparticles

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    Yang, Xiangrui; Wu, Shichao; Wang, Yange; Li, Yang; Chang, Di; Luo, Yin; Ye, Shefang; Hou, Zhenqing

    2014-01-01

    We present a dialysis technique to prepare the 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT)-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) using methoxypolyethylene glycol-poly(d,l-lactide) (PEG-b-PLA) and PLA, respectively. Both HCPT-loaded PEG-b-PLA NPs and HCPT-loaded PLA NPs were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results showed that the HCPT-lo...

  13. Hierarchical self-assembly: Self-organized nanostructures in a nematically ordered matrix of self-assembled polymeric chains

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    Mubeena, Shaikh; Chatterji, Apratim

    2015-03-01

    We report many different nanostructures which are formed when model nanoparticles of different sizes (diameter σn) are allowed to aggregate in a background matrix of semiflexible self-assembled polymeric wormlike micellar chains. The different nanostructures are formed by the dynamical arrest of phase-separating mixtures of micellar monomers and nanoparticles. The different morphologies obtained are the result of an interplay of the available free volume, the elastic energy of deformation of polymers, the density (chemical potential) of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix, and, of course, the ratio of the size of self-assembling nanoparticles and self-avoidance diameter of polymeric chains. We have used a hybrid semi-grand-canonical Monte Carlo simulation scheme to obtain the (nonequilibrium) phase diagram of the self-assembled nanostructures. We observe rodlike structures of nanoparticles which get self-assembled in the gaps between the nematically ordered chains, as well as percolating gel-like network of conjoined nanotubes. We also find a totally unexpected interlocked crystalline phase of nanoparticles and monomers, in which each crystal plane of nanoparticles is separated by planes of perfectly organized polymer chains. We identified the condition which leads to such interlocked crystal structure. We suggest experimental possibilities of how the results presented in this paper could be used to obtain different nanostructures in the laboratory.

  14. Large-Scale Self-Assembled Ag Nanotubes

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    WEI Guodan; NAN Cewen; YU Dapeng

    2005-01-01

    A high yield of silver nanotubes with large aspect ratio were conveniently synthesized via an organic-assist solvothermal preparation technique using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping reagent and architecture soft-template. The molecular ratio between the repeating unit of PVP and AgNO3 plays a crucial role in determining the geometric shape of the product. Such novel-type Ag nanotubes were self-assembled by Ag nanoparticles, which had largely similar crystallographic orientation, forming a texture. The fact that nanoparticles without anisotropic crystal structures can form such superstructures by self-assembly may open a window for understanding a range of nanotube formation processes.

  15. Stability of Self-Assembled Polymeric Micelles in Serum

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    Lu, Jiao; Owen, Shawn C.; Shoichet, Molly S.

    2011-01-01

    The stability of polymeric nanoparticles in serum is critical to their use in drug delivery where dilution after intravenous injection often results in nanoparticle disassembly and drug unloading; however, few investigate this in biologically relevant media. To gain greater insight into nanoparticle stability in blood, the stability of self-assembled polymeric micelles of poly(d,l-lactide-co-2-methyl-2-carboxytrimethylene carbonate)-g-poly(ethylene glycol), P(LA-co-TMCC)-g-PEG, were tested in...

  16. Evaluation of self-assembled HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA nanoparticles by comparing with HCPT-loaded PLA nanoparticles

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    Yang, Xiangrui; Wu, Shichao; Wang, Yange; Li, Yang; Chang, Di; Luo, Yin; Ye, Shefang; Hou, Zhenqing

    2014-12-01

    We present a dialysis technique to prepare the 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT)-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) using methoxypolyethylene glycol-poly( d, l-lactide) (PEG- b-PLA) and PLA, respectively. Both HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA NPs and HCPT-loaded PLA NPs were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results showed that the HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA NPs and HCPT-loaded PLA NPs presented a hydrodynamic particle size of 120.1 and 226.8 nm, with a polydispersity index of 0.057 and 0.207, a zeta potential of -31.2 and -45.7 mV, drug encapsulation efficiency of 44.52% and 44.94%, and drug-loaded content of 7.42% and 7.49%, respectively. The HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA NPs presented faster drug release rate compared to the HCPT-loaded PLA NPs. The HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA NPs presented higher cytotoxicity than the HCPT-loaded PLA NPs. These results suggested that the HCPT-loaded PEG- b-PLA NPs presented better characteristics for drug delivery compared to HCPT-loaded PLA NPs.

  17. Synthesis and self-assembly of Chitosan-g-Polystyrene copolymer: A new route for the preparation of heavy metal nanoparticles

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    Francis, Raju S.

    2015-01-01

    Amphiphilic graft copolymers made of a Chitosan (CS) backbone and three arm polystyrene (PS) grafts were prepared by "grafting onto" strategy using Toluene Diisocyanate. IR spectroscopy and SEC show the successful grafting process. SEM pictures of Chitosan-g-Polystyrene (CS-g-PS) indicate a spherulite like surface and exhibit properties that result from the disappearance of Chitosan crystallinity. The introduced polystyrene star grafts units improve hydrophobic properties considerably as confirmed by the very high solubility of (CS-g-PS) in organic solvents. The graft copolymer which self-assembles into polymeric micelles in organic media demonstrates much better adsorption of transition and inner transition metal ions than pure Chitosan whose amine groups are not necessarily available due to crystallinity.

  18. Fabrication of new carbon paste electrodes based on gold nano-particles self-assembled to mercapto compounds as suitable ionophores for potentiometric determination of copper ions

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    Rasoul Pourtaghavi Talemi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we investigate the potentiometric behavior of Cu2+ carbon paste electrodes based on two mercapto compounds 2-ethylmino-5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (EAMT and 2-acetylamino-5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (AAMT self-assembled on gold nano-paricle (GNP as ionophore. Then, the obtained results from the modified electrodes are compared. The self-assembled ionophores exhibit a high selectivity for copper ion (Cu2+, in which the sulfur and nitrogen atoms in their structure play a significant role as the effective coordination donor site for the copper ion. Among these electrodes, the best performance was obtained with the sensor with a EAMT/graphite powder/paraffin oil weight ratio of 4.0/68/28 with 200 µL of GNP which exhibits the working concentration range of 1.6×10−9 to 6.3×10−2 M and a nernstian slope of 28.9±0.4 mVdecade−1 of copper(II activity. The detection limit of electrode was 2.9(±0.2×10−10M and potential response was pH ; in other words, it was independent across the range of 2.8–6.3. The proposed electrode presented very good selectivity and sensitivity towards the Cu2+ ions over a wide variety of cations including alkali, alkaline earth, transition and heavy metal ions. Moreover, the proposed electrode was successfully applied as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of Cu(II ions with EDTA and also the potentiometric determination of copper ions in spiked water samples.

  19. Self-assembly of flagellin on Au(111) surfaces.

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    González Orive, Alejandro; Pissinis, Diego E; Diaz, Carolina; Miñán, Alejandro; Benítez, Guillermo A; Rubert, Aldo; Daza Millone, Antonieta; Rumbo, Martin; Hernández Creus, Alberto; Salvarezza, Roberto C; Schilardi, Patricia L

    2014-11-01

    The adsorption of flagellin monomers from Pseudomonas fluorescens on Au(111) has been studied by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), and electrochemical techniques. Results show that flagellin monomers spontaneously self-assemble forming a monolayer thick protein film bounded to the Au surface by the more hydrophobic subunit and exposed to the environment the hydrophilic subunit. The films are conductive and allow allocation of electrochemically active cytochrome C. The self-assembled films could be used as biological platforms to build 3D complex molecular structures on planar metal surfaces and to functionalize metal nanoparticles.

  20. Nano-engineering by optically directed self-assembly.

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    Furst, Eric (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Dunn, Elissa (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Park, Jin-Gyu (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Sainis, Sunil (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Merrill, Jason (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Dufresne, Eric (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Reichert, Matthew D.; Brotherton, Christopher M.; Bogart, Katherine Huderle Andersen; Molecke, Ryan A.; Koehler, Timothy P.; Bell, Nelson Simmons; Grillet, Anne Mary; Gorby, Allen D.; Singh, John (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Lele, Pushkar (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Mittal, Manish (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)

    2009-09-01

    Lack of robust manufacturing capabilities have limited our ability to make tailored materials with useful optical and thermal properties. For example, traditional methods such as spontaneous self-assembly of spheres cannot generate the complex structures required to produce a full bandgap photonic crystals. The goal of this work was to develop and demonstrate novel methods of directed self-assembly of nanomaterials using optical and electric fields. To achieve this aim, our work employed laser tweezers, a technology that enables non-invasive optical manipulation of particles, from glass microspheres to gold nanoparticles. Laser tweezers were used to create ordered materials with either complex crystal structures or using aspherical building blocks.

  1. Formation of the self-assembled structures by the ultrasonic cavitation erosion-corrosion effect on carbon steel

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    Dayun Yan; Jiadao Wang; Fengbin Liu; Kenan Rajjoub

    2015-01-01

    The cavitation erosion-corrosion effect on the metal surface always forms irregular oxide structures. In this study, we reported the formation of regular self-assembled structures of amorphous nanoparticles around the cavitation erosion pits on carbon steel upon the ultrasonic cavitation in methylene blue solution. Each self-assembled structure was composed of linearly aligned nanoparticles of about 100 nm. The formation of self-assembled structures might be due to the combined effect of corr...

  2. Selective modification of nanoparticle arrays by laser-induced self assembly (MONA-LISA): putting control into bottom-up plasmonic nanostructuring

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    Kalfagiannis, Nikolaos; Siozios, Anastasios; Bellas, Dimitris V.; Toliopoulos, Dimosthenis; Bowen, Leon; Pliatsikas, Nikolaos; Cranton, Wayne M.; Kosmidis, Constantinos; Koutsogeorgis, Demosthenes C.; Lidorikis, Elefterios; Patsalas, Panos

    2016-04-01

    Nano-structuring of metals is one of the greatest challenges for the future of plasmonic and photonic devices. Such a technological challenge calls for the development of ultra-fast, high-throughput and low-cost fabrication techniques. Laser processing, accounts for the aforementioned properties, representing an unrivalled tool towards the anticipated arrival of modules based in metallic nanostructures, with an extra advantage: the ease of scalability. In the present work we take advantage of the ability to tune the laser wavelength to either match the absorption spectral profile of the metal or to be resonant with the plasma oscillation frequency, and demonstrate the utilization of different optical absorption mechanisms that are size-selective and enable the fabrication of pre-determined patterns of metal nanostructures. Thus, we overcome the greatest challenge of Laser Induced Self Assembly by combining simultaneously large-scale character with atomic-scale precision. The proposed process can serve as a platform that will stimulate further progress towards the engineering of plasmonic devices.Nano-structuring of metals is one of the greatest challenges for the future of plasmonic and photonic devices. Such a technological challenge calls for the development of ultra-fast, high-throughput and low-cost fabrication techniques. Laser processing, accounts for the aforementioned properties, representing an unrivalled tool towards the anticipated arrival of modules based in metallic nanostructures, with an extra advantage: the ease of scalability. In the present work we take advantage of the ability to tune the laser wavelength to either match the absorption spectral profile of the metal or to be resonant with the plasma oscillation frequency, and demonstrate the utilization of different optical absorption mechanisms that are size-selective and enable the fabrication of pre-determined patterns of metal nanostructures. Thus, we overcome the greatest challenge of Laser

  3. Self-assembly of self-assembled molecular triangles

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    Mili C Naranthatta; V Ramkumar; Dillip Kumar Chand

    2014-09-01

    A rare variety of self-assembledmolecular triangle [Pd3(bpy)3(imidazolate)3](NO3)3, 1 is prepared by the combination of Pd(bpy)(NO3)2 with imidazole, at 1:1 ratio, in acetonitrile-water. Deprotonation of imidazole happened during the course of the complexation reaction where upon the metallomacrocycle is formed. The bowl-shaped trinuclear architecture of 1 is crafted with three peripheral bpy units capable of - stacking interactions. While the solution state structure of 1 can be best described as a trinuclear complex, in the solidstate well-fashioned intermolecular - and CH- interactions are observed. Thus, in the solid-state further self-assembly of already self-assembled molecular triangle is witnessed. The triangular panels are arranged in a linear manner utilizing intermolecular - interactions where upon two out of three bpy units of each molecule participated in the chain formation.

  4. Purification of ethanol for highly sensitive self-assembly experiments

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    Kathrin Barbe; Martin Kind; Christian Pfeiffer; Andreas Terfort

    2014-01-01

    Ethanol is the preferred solvent for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of thiolates on gold. By applying a thin film sensor system, we could demonstrate that even the best commercial qualities of ethanol contain surface-active contaminants, which can compete with the desired thiolates for surface sites. Here we present that gold nanoparticles deposited onto zeolite X can be used to remove these contaminants by chemisorption. This nanoparticle-impregnated zeolite does not only ...

  5. Self-Assembly in Biosilicification and Biotemplated Silica Materials

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    Francisco M. Fernandes

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available During evolution, living organisms have learned to design biomolecules exhibiting self-assembly properties to build-up materials with complex organizations. This is particularly evidenced by the delicate siliceous structures of diatoms and sponges. These structures have been considered as inspiration sources for the preparation of nanoscale and nanostructured silica-based materials templated by the self-assembled natural or biomimetic molecules. These templates range from short peptides to large viruses, leading to biohybrid objects with a wide variety of dimensions, shapes and organization. A more recent strategy based on the integration of biological self-assembly as the driving force of silica nanoparticles organization offers new perspectives to elaborate highly-tunable, biofunctional nanocomposites.

  6. Sequential programmable self-assembly: Role of cooperative interactions

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    Halverson, Jonathan D.; Tkachenko, Alexei V.

    2016-03-01

    We propose a general strategy of "sequential programmable self-assembly" that enables a bottom-up design of arbitrary multi-particle architectures on nano- and microscales. We show that a naive realization of this scheme, based on the pairwise additive interactions between particles, has fundamental limitations that lead to a relatively high error rate. This can be overcome by using cooperative interparticle binding. The cooperativity is a well known feature of many biochemical processes, responsible, e.g., for signaling and regulations in living systems. Here we propose to utilize a similar strategy for high precision self-assembly, and show that DNA-mediated interactions provide a convenient platform for its implementation. In particular, we outline a specific design of a DNA-based complex which we call "DNA spider," that acts as a smart interparticle linker and provides a built-in cooperativity of binding. We demonstrate versatility of the sequential self-assembly based on spider-functionalized particles by designing several mesostructures of increasing complexity and simulating their assembly process. This includes a number of finite and repeating structures, in particular, the so-called tetrahelix and its several derivatives. Due to its generality, this approach allows one to design and successfully self-assemble virtually any structure made of a "GEOMAG" magnetic construction toy, out of nanoparticles. According to our results, once the binding cooperativity is strong enough, the sequential self-assembly becomes essentially error-free.

  7. Self-Assembled Cationic Biodegradable Nanoparticles from pH-Responsive Amino-Acid-Based Poly(Ester Urea Urethane)s and Their Application As a Drug Delivery Vehicle.

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    He, Mingyu; Potuck, Alicia; Kohn, Julie C; Fung, Katharina; Reinhart-King, Cynthia A; Chu, Chih-Chang

    2016-02-01

    The objective of this study is to develop a new family of biodegradable and biologically active copolymers and their subsequent self-assembled cationic nanoparticles as better delivery vehicles for anticancer drugs to achieve the synergism between the cytotoxicity effects of the loaded drugs and the macrophage inflammatory response of the delivery vehicle. This family of cationic nanoparticles was formulated from a new family of amphiphilic cationic Arginine-Leucine (Arg-Leu)-based poly(ester urea urethane) (Arg-Leu PEUU) synthesized from four building blocks (amino acids, diols, glycerol α-monoallyl ether, and 1,6 hexamethylene diisocyanate). The chemical, physical, and biological properties of Arg-Leu PEUU biomaterials can be tuned by controlling the feed ratio of the four building blocks. The Arg-Leu PEUU copolymers have weight-average molecular weights from 13.4 to 16.8 kDa and glass-transition temperatures from -3.4 to -4.6 °C. The self-assembled cationic nanoparticles (Arg-Leu PEUU NPs) were prepared using a facile dialysis method. Arg-Leu PEUU NPs have average diameters ranging from 187 to 272 nm, show good biocompatibility with 3T3 fibroblasts, and they support bovine aortic endothelial cell (BAEC) proliferation and adhesion. Arg-Leu PEUU NPs also enhanced the macrophages' production of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and nitric oxide (NO), but produced relatively low levels of interleukin-10 (IL-10), and therefore, the antitumor activity of macrophages might be enhanced. Arg-Leu PEUU NPs were taken up by HeLa cells after 4 h of incubation. The in vitro hemolysis assay showed the cationic Arg-Leu PEUU NPs increased their chance of endosomal escape at a more acidic pH. Doxorubicin (DOX) was successfully incorporated into the Arg-Leu PEUU NPs, and the DOX-loaded Arg-Leu PEUU NPs exhibited a pH-dependent drug release profile with accelerated release kinetics in a mild acidic condition. The DOX-loaded 6-Arg-4-Leu-4 A/L-2/1 NPs showed higher HeLa cell

  8. Multifunctional self-assembled monolayers

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    Zawodzinski, T.; Bar, G.; Rubin, S.; Uribe, F. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Ferrais, J. [Texas Univ., Dallas, TX (United States)

    1996-06-01

    This is the final report of at three year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The specific goals of this research project were threefold: to develop multifunctional self-assembled monolayers, to understand the role of monolayer structure on the functioning of such systems, and to apply this knowledge to the development of electrochemical enzyme sensors. An array of molecules that can be used to attach electrochemically active biomolecules to gold surfaces has been synthesized. Several members of a class of electroactive compounds have been characterized and the factors controlling surface modification are beginning to be characterized. Enzymes have been attached to self-assembled molecules arranged on the gold surface, a critical step toward the ultimate goal of this project. Several alternative enzyme attachment strategies to achieve robust enzyme- modified surfaces have been explored. Several means of juxtaposing enzymes and mediators, electroactive compounds through which the enzyme can exchange electrons with the electrode surface, have also been investigated. Finally, the development of sensitive biosensors based on films loaded with nanoscale-supported gold particles that have surface modified with the self-assembled enzyme and mediator have been explored.

  9. Combination chemotherapy of doxorubicin, all-trans retinoic acid and low molecular weight heparin based on self-assembled multi-functional polymeric nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Ting; Xiong, Hui; Zohra Dahmani, Fatima; Sun, Li; Li, Yuanke; Yao, Li; Zhou, Jianping; Yao, Jing

    2015-04-01

    Based on the complementary effects of doxorubicin (DOX), all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), the combination therapy of DOX, ATRA and LMWH was expected to exert the enhanced anti-tumor effects and reduce the side effects. In this study, amphiphilic LMWH-ATRA conjugate was synthesized for encapsulating the DOX. In this way, DOX, ATRA and LMWH were assembled into a single nano-system by both chemical and physical modes to obtain a novel anti-tumor targeting drug delivery system that can realize the simultaneous delivery of multiple drugs with different properties to the tumor. LMWH-ATRA nanoparticles exhibited good loading capacities for DOX with excellent physico-chemical properties, good biocompatibility, and good differentiation-inducing activity and antiangiogenic activity. The drug-loading capacity was up to 18.7% with an entrapment efficiency of 78.8%. It was also found that DOX-loaded LMWH-ATRA nanoparticles (DHR nanoparticles) could be efficiently taken up by tumor cells via endocytic pathway, and mainly distributed in cytoplasm at first, then transferred into cell nucleus. Cell viability assays suggested that DHR nanoparticles maintained the cytotoxicity effect of DOX on MCF-7 cells. Moreover, the in vivo imaging analysis indicated that DiR-loaded LMWH-ATRA nanoparticles could target the tumor more effectively as compared to free DiR. Furthermore, DHR nanoparticles possessed much higher anticancer activity and reduced side effects compared to free drugs solution. These results suggested that DHR nanoparticles could be considered as a promising targeted delivery system for combination cancer chemotherapy with lower adverse effects.

  10. Combination chemotherapy of doxorubicin, all-trans retinoic acid and low molecular weight heparin based on self-assembled multi-functional polymeric nanoparticles

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    Based on the complementary effects of doxorubicin (DOX), all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), the combination therapy of DOX, ATRA and LMWH was expected to exert the enhanced anti-tumor effects and reduce the side effects. In this study, amphiphilic LMWH–ATRA conjugate was synthesized for encapsulating the DOX. In this way, DOX, ATRA and LMWH were assembled into a single nano-system by both chemical and physical modes to obtain a novel anti-tumor targeting drug delivery system that can realize the simultaneous delivery of multiple drugs with different properties to the tumor. LMWH–ATRA nanoparticles exhibited good loading capacities for DOX with excellent physico-chemical properties, good biocompatibility, and good differentiation-inducing activity and antiangiogenic activity. The drug-loading capacity was up to 18.7% with an entrapment efficiency of 78.8%. It was also found that DOX-loaded LMWH–ATRA nanoparticles (DHR nanoparticles) could be efficiently taken up by tumor cells via endocytic pathway, and mainly distributed in cytoplasm at first, then transferred into cell nucleus. Cell viability assays suggested that DHR nanoparticles maintained the cytotoxicity effect of DOX on MCF-7 cells. Moreover, the in vivo imaging analysis indicated that DiR-loaded LMWH–ATRA nanoparticles could target the tumor more effectively as compared to free DiR. Furthermore, DHR nanoparticles possessed much higher anticancer activity and reduced side effects compared to free drugs solution. These results suggested that DHR nanoparticles could be considered as a promising targeted delivery system for combination cancer chemotherapy with lower adverse effects. (paper)

  11. Spin-dependent transport properties of oleic acid molecule self-assembled La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Xi, L., E-mail: xili@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Du, J.H.; Ma, J.H.; Wang, Z.; Zuo, Y.L.; Xue, D.S. [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Spin-dependent transport property of LSMO/oleic acid nanoparticles is investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transport properties and MR measured by Cu/nanoparticle assembly/elargol device. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Non-linear I-V curve indicates a tunneling type transport properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tunnel barrier height around 1.3 {+-} 0.15 eV was obtained by fitting I-V curves. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LFMR of LSMO/oleic acid molecules value reaches -18% with current of 0.1 {mu}A at 10 K. - Abstract: Spin-dependent transport property through molecules is investigated using a monolayer of oleic acid molecule self-assembled half metallic La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) nanoparticles, which was synthesized using a coprecipitation method. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to confirm that one-monolayer oleic acid molecules chemically bond to the LSMO nanoparticles. The transport properties and magnetoresistance (MR) effect of the oleic acid molecule coated LSMO nanoparticles were measured by a direct current four probes method using a Cu/nanoparticle assembly/elargol electrode sandwich device with various temperatures and bias voltages. The non-linear I-V curve indicates a tunneling type transport properties. The tunnel barrier height around 1.3 {+-} 0.15 eV was obtained by fitting the I-V curve according to the Simmons equation. The magnetoresistance curves can be divided to high-field MR and low-field MR (LFMR) parts. The former is ascribed to the influence of spin disorder or canting within the LSMO nanoparticle surface and the latter one with strong bias dependence is attributed to the spin-dependent tunneling effect through the insulating surface layer of LSMO and oleic acid molecules. The enhanced LFMR effect for oleic acid coated LSMO with respect to the bare LSMO was attributed to the enhanced tunneling transport and weak spin scattering in oleic acid molecule barrier.

  12. 三维自组装:从多分散的纳米粒子到单分散的超级纳米粒子%Three-dimensional Self-assembly: From Polydisperse Nanoparticles to Monodisperse Supraparticles

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    夏云生; 唐智勇

    2012-01-01

    如何将具有特殊光、电性能的单个无机纳米粒子按照人类的意愿构建成宏观尺度、具有特定结构和性质的集合体,一直是当今科学界最具挑战性的前沿课题之一.我们发现,尺寸分布不均一的无机纳米粒子能自发组装为尺寸均一、具有核/壳结构的超级纳米粒子.这种多分散纳米粒子的自限制生长过程由纳米粒子自身的库仑排斥力和范德华吸引力间的平衡所控制.对这些相互作用力本质的认识为纳米粒子组装基元的可控设计和合成提供了理论基础,并可用于构建包括具有分级结构的胶体晶体在内的各种自组装结构,为纳米粒子的实际应用提供了新途经.此外,该研究结果对于理解单分散性的病毒等生物体系和聚合物等有机大分子超结构的形成具有指导意义.%One of formidable challenges for chemists and material scientists at present is how to construct macro-assembly with specific structures and properties by u sin gnanoparticles with special optical and electrical properties as building blocks. In the present work, we have found that polydisperse nanoparticles can self-assemble into monodisperse supraparticles with core/shell structures. This self-limiting growth process is governed by a balance between electrostatic repulsion and van der Waals attraction. The generic nature of the interactions creates flexibility in the composition, size and shape of the constituent nanoparticles, and leads to a large family of self-assembled structures, including hierarchically organized colloidal crystals. In addition to a novel approach for fabrication of functional nanomaterials, this stuth can help us to deep unders tan d the formation mechanisms of some organic superstructures, such as monodisperse virus particles and polymers.

  13. Simple one step synthesis of nonionic dithiol surfactants and their self-assembling with silver nanoparticles: Characterization, surface properties, biological activity

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nonionic dithiol surfactants were synthesized by simple one step esterification. • The surface activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants showed high tendency toward adsorption and micellization. • The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared. • The silver nanoparticles enhanced the biological activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants. - Abstract: Simple esterification of 2-mercaptoacetic acid and polyethylene glycol with different molecular weights was done to form the desired nonionic dithiol surfactants. The chemical structures of synthesized thiol surfactants were confirmed using FT-IR and 1H NMR spectra. The surface activity of the synthesized surfactants was determined by measurement of the surface tension at different temperatures. The surface activity measurements showed their high tendency towards adsorption and micellization. The thermodynamic parameters of micellization (ΔGmic, ΔHmic and ΔSmic) and adsorption (ΔGads, ΔGads and ΔSads) showed their tendency toward adsorption at the interfaces and also micellization in the bulk of their solutions. The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared and investigated using UV and TEM techniques. Screening tests of the synthesized dithiol surfactants and their nanostructure with silver nanoparticles, against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Microccus luteus), gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bordatella pertussis) and fungi (Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans) showed that they are highly active biocides. The presence of silver nanoparticles enhancement the biological activities of the individual synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants

  14. A self-assembled ionophore

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    Tirumala, Sampath K.

    1997-11-01

    Ionophores are compounds that bind and transport ions. Ion binding and transport are fundamental to many biological and chemical processes. In this thesis we detail the structural characterization and cation binding properties of a self-assembled ionophore built from an isoguanosine (isoG) derivative, 5sp'-t-butyldimethylsilyl-2sp',3sp'-isopropylidene isoG 30. We begin with a summary of the themes that facilitate ionophore design and the definitions of "self-assembly" and "self-assembled ionophore" in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, we describe the structural characterization of the isoG 30 self-assembly. IsoG possesses complementary hydrogen bond donor and acceptor sites suitable to form a Csb4-symmetric tetramer, (isoG)sb4 51, that is stable even in high dielectric organic solvents such as CDsb3CN and dsb6-acetone. The isoG tetramer 51 has been characterized by vapor phase osmometry, UV spectroscopy, and by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy. The isoG tetramer 51 organizes by hydrogen bonding between the Watson-Crick face of one isoG base and the complementary bottom edge of another purine. The tetramer 51 is stabilized by an inner and outer ring of hydrogen bonds. The inner ring forms between the imino NH1 proton of one monomer and the C2 carbonyl oxygen of an adjacent monomer, while the outer ring is made up of four NH6-N3 hydrogen bonds. The isoG tetramer 51 is thermodynamically stable, with an equilibrium constant (Ksba) of ca. 10sp9-10sp{10} Msp{-3} at room temperature, and a DeltaGsp° of tetramer formation of -12.5 kcal molsp{-1} in dsb6-acetone at 25sp°C. The van't Hoff plots indicated that the thermodynamic parameters for tetramer formation were DeltaHsp° = -18.2 ± 0.87 kcal molsp{-1} and DeltaSsp°sb{298} = -19.1 ± 5.45 eu. In Chapter 3, we describe the cation binding properties of isoG tetramer 51. The isoG tetramer 51 has a central cavity, containing four oxygen atoms, that is suitable for cation coordination. Depending on the cation, the resulting iso

  15. Synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles by self-assembling reverse micelle cores of PS-b-PAA for functional textile applications

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    Highlights: • TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized within poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) micelles. • The copolymer solution including nano TiO2 was coated onto textile fabrics. • UV-protective factor of nano TiO2 coated fabrics was estimated as 50+. • Nano TiO2 coated fabrics was found to exhibit a high photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Titanium dioxide (i.e., titanium(IV) oxide, TiO2) nanoparticles have been fabricated using a copolymer templating technique in micellar solution of poly(styrene)-block-poly(acrylic acid), PS(10912)-b-PAA(4842) synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The size and morphology of the synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles have been characterized via TEM and XRD measurements. The average size of TiO2 nanoparticles was determined as 13 ± 3 and 13 ± 4 nm for titanium:copolymer ratios of 20:1 and 33:1, respectively. The copolymer solution including nano TiO2 particles has been coated onto textile fabrics to enhance their UV-blocking and self-cleaning properties. It has been determined that nano TiO2 coated textile fabrics have very good UV-blocking properties with 50+ of the ultraviolet protecting factor (UPF) and high photocatalytic efficiency with 69.2% of the photodegradation of methylene blue

  16. Synthesis of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles by self-assembling reverse micelle cores of PS-b-PAA for functional textile applications

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    Akpolat, Leyla Budama; Çakır, Burçin Acar; Topel, Önder, E-mail: ondertopel@akdeniz.edu.tr; Hoda, Numan, E-mail: nhoda@akdeniz.edu.tr

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized within poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) micelles. • The copolymer solution including nano TiO{sub 2} was coated onto textile fabrics. • UV-protective factor of nano TiO{sub 2} coated fabrics was estimated as 50+. • Nano TiO{sub 2} coated fabrics was found to exhibit a high photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Titanium dioxide (i.e., titanium(IV) oxide, TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles have been fabricated using a copolymer templating technique in micellar solution of poly(styrene)-block-poly(acrylic acid), PS(10912)-b-PAA(4842) synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The size and morphology of the synthesized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have been characterized via TEM and XRD measurements. The average size of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was determined as 13 ± 3 and 13 ± 4 nm for titanium:copolymer ratios of 20:1 and 33:1, respectively. The copolymer solution including nano TiO{sub 2} particles has been coated onto textile fabrics to enhance their UV-blocking and self-cleaning properties. It has been determined that nano TiO{sub 2} coated textile fabrics have very good UV-blocking properties with 50+ of the ultraviolet protecting factor (UPF) and high photocatalytic efficiency with 69.2% of the photodegradation of methylene blue.

  17. Enhanced oral absorption of 20(S-protopanaxadiol by self-assembled liquid crystalline nanoparticles containing piperine: in vitro and in vivo studies

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Xin Jin,1,2 Zhen-hai Zhang,1 E Sun,1 Xiao-bin Tan,1 Song-lin Li,3 Xu-dong Cheng,4 Ming You,4 Xiao-bin Jia11Key Laboratory of New Drug Delivery System of Chinese Materia Medica, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China; 2College of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China; 3Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis and Metabolomics, Jiangsu Province Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China; 4ALG Bioscience Co, Ltd, Suzhou, People's Republic of ChinaBackground: 20(S-protopanaxadiol (PPD, similar to several other anticancer agents, has low oral absorption and is extensively metabolized. These factors limit the use of PPD for treatment of human diseases.Methods: In this study, we used cubic nanoparticles containing piperine to improve the oral bioavailability of PPD and to enhance its absorption and inhibit its metabolism. Cubic nanoparticles loaded with PPD and piperine were prepared by fragmentation of glyceryl monoolein (GMO/poloxamer 407 bulk cubic gel and verified using transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. We evaluated the in vitro release of PPD from these nanoparticles and its absorption across the Caco-2 cell monolayer model, and subsequently, we examined the bioavailability and metabolism of PPD and its nanoparticles in vivo.Results: The in vitro release of PPD from these nanoparticles was less than 5% at 12 hours. PPD-cubosome and PPD-cubosome loaded with piperine (molar ratio PPD/piperine, 1:3 increased the apical to basolateral permeability values of PPD across the Caco-2 cell monolayer from 53% to 64%, respectively. In addition, the results of a pharmacokinetic study in rats showed that the relative bioavailabilities of PPD-cubosome [area under concentration–time curve (AUC0–∞ ] and PPD-cubosome containing piperine (AUC0–∞ compared to that of raw PPD (AUC0–∞ were 166

  18. Simple one step synthesis of nonionic dithiol surfactants and their self-assembling with silver nanoparticles: Characterization, surface properties, biological activity

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    Abd-Elaal, Ali A., E-mail: ali_ashour5@yahoo.com; Tawfik, Salah M.; Shaban, Samy M.

    2015-07-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nonionic dithiol surfactants were synthesized by simple one step esterification. • The surface activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants showed high tendency toward adsorption and micellization. • The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared. • The silver nanoparticles enhanced the biological activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants. - Abstract: Simple esterification of 2-mercaptoacetic acid and polyethylene glycol with different molecular weights was done to form the desired nonionic dithiol surfactants. The chemical structures of synthesized thiol surfactants were confirmed using FT-IR and {sup 1}H NMR spectra. The surface activity of the synthesized surfactants was determined by measurement of the surface tension at different temperatures. The surface activity measurements showed their high tendency towards adsorption and micellization. The thermodynamic parameters of micellization (ΔG{sub mic}, ΔH{sub mic} and ΔS{sub mic}) and adsorption (ΔG{sub ads}, ΔG{sub ads} and ΔS{sub ads}) showed their tendency toward adsorption at the interfaces and also micellization in the bulk of their solutions. The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared and investigated using UV and TEM techniques. Screening tests of the synthesized dithiol surfactants and their nanostructure with silver nanoparticles, against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Microccus luteus), gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bordatella pertussis) and fungi (Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans) showed that they are highly active biocides. The presence of silver nanoparticles enhancement the biological activities of the individual synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants.

  19. Selective determination of L-dopa in the presence of uric acid and ascorbic acid at a gold nanoparticle self-assembled carbon nanotube-modified pyrolytic graphite electrode

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    Hu Guangzhi [Key Laboratory for Natural Medicine of Gansu Province, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Chen Long [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis and Selective Oxidation, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Guo Yong [Key Laboratory for Natural Medicine of Gansu Province, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang Xiaolai, E-mail: xlwang@lzb.ac.c [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis and Selective Oxidation, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Shao Shijun, E-mail: shaoguo@licp.cas.c [Key Laboratory for Natural Medicine of Gansu Province, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2010-06-30

    Gold nanoparticle-functionalized carbon nanotubes (AuNP-CNT) have been prepared by a novel self-assembly method. The new material has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) and utilized for constructing AuNP-CNT-modified pyrolytic graphite electrode (AuNP-CNT/PGE) to investigate the electrochemical behavior of L-dopa in neutral phosphate buffer solution. Compared to bare PG electrode, AuNP-CNT/PGE shows novel properties towards the electrochemical redox of L-dopa in phosphate buffer solution at pH 7.0. The oxidation potential of L-dopa shows a significant decrease at the AuNP-CNT/PGE. The oxidation current of L-dopa is about 5-fold higher than that of the unmodified PGE. Using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) method, the oxidation current is well linear with L-dopa concentration in the range of 0.1-150 muM, with a detection limit of about 50 nM (S/N = 3). The proposed electrode can also effectively avoid the interference of ascorbic acid and uric acid, making the proposed sensor suitable for the accurate determination of L-dopa in both pharmaceutical preparations and human body fluids.

  20. Vanillin-molecularly targeted extraction of stir bar based on magnetic field induced self-assembly of multifunctional Fe3O4@Polyaniline nanoparticles for detection of vanilla-flavor enhancers in infant milk powders.

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    Wu, Jinhua; Yang, Zaiyue; Chen, Ning; Zhu, Wanying; Hong, Junli; Huang, Changgao; Zhou, Xuemin

    2015-03-15

    A molecularly imprinted stir bar was constructed based on Fe3O4@Polyaniline nanoparticles with magnetic field-induced self-assembly process. The monomer, methacrylic acid, was pre-assembled into the pre-polymers with vanillin as template by the formation of hydrogen bonds. After that, the magnetic complexes were generated by the hydrogen bonding, the hydrophobic and π-π interaction between the pre-polymers and Fe3O4@Polyaniline. The complexes were adsorbed on the surface of magnetic stir bar under the magnetic induction, and the coating of vanillin-molecularly imprinted polymers was generated by the one-step copolymerization basing on the cross linking of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate. The molecular imprinting stir bar showed superior selectivity and fast binding kinetics for vanillin, and was used for the enrichment of vanilla-flavor enhancers (vanillin, ethyl maltol and methyl vanillin) in infant milk powders. The results measured by HPLC-UV exhibited good linear ranges of 0.01-100, 0.02-100 and 0.03-100μgmL(-1) with the limit of detection of 2.5-10.0ngmL(-1), and the recoveries were 94.7-98.9%, 82.1-96.7% and 84.5-93.2% with RSD<7.2% for the three enhancers, respectively. PMID:25514645

  1. Vanillin-molecularly targeted extraction of stir bar based on magnetic field induced self-assembly of multifunctional Fe3O4@Polyaniline nanoparticles for detection of vanilla-flavor enhancers in infant milk powders.

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    Wu, Jinhua; Yang, Zaiyue; Chen, Ning; Zhu, Wanying; Hong, Junli; Huang, Changgao; Zhou, Xuemin

    2015-03-15

    A molecularly imprinted stir bar was constructed based on Fe3O4@Polyaniline nanoparticles with magnetic field-induced self-assembly process. The monomer, methacrylic acid, was pre-assembled into the pre-polymers with vanillin as template by the formation of hydrogen bonds. After that, the magnetic complexes were generated by the hydrogen bonding, the hydrophobic and π-π interaction between the pre-polymers and Fe3O4@Polyaniline. The complexes were adsorbed on the surface of magnetic stir bar under the magnetic induction, and the coating of vanillin-molecularly imprinted polymers was generated by the one-step copolymerization basing on the cross linking of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate. The molecular imprinting stir bar showed superior selectivity and fast binding kinetics for vanillin, and was used for the enrichment of vanilla-flavor enhancers (vanillin, ethyl maltol and methyl vanillin) in infant milk powders. The results measured by HPLC-UV exhibited good linear ranges of 0.01-100, 0.02-100 and 0.03-100μgmL(-1) with the limit of detection of 2.5-10.0ngmL(-1), and the recoveries were 94.7-98.9%, 82.1-96.7% and 84.5-93.2% with RSD<7.2% for the three enhancers, respectively.

  2. Self-assembly of large-scale crack-free gold nanoparticle films using a ‘drain-to-deposit’ strategy

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    Yang, Guang; Hallinan, Daniel T.

    2016-04-26

    Gold nanoparticles are widely studied due to the ease of controlled synthesis, facile surface modification, and interesting physical properties. However, a technique for depositing large-area, crack-free monolayers on solid substrates is lacking. Herein is presented a method for accomplishing this. Spherical gold nanoparticles were synthesized as an aqueous dispersion. Assembly into monolayers and ligand exchange occurred simultaneously at an organic/aqueous interface. Then the monolayer film was deposited onto arbitrary solid substrates by slowly pumping out the lower, aqueous phase. This allowed the monolayer film (and liquid–liquid interface) to descend without significant disturbance, eventually reaching substrates contained in the aqueous phase. The resulting macroscopic quality of the films was found to be superior to films transferred by Langmuir techniques. The surface plasmon resonance and Raman enhancement of the films were evaluated and found to be uniform across the surface of each film.

  3. Self-assembly of large-scale crack-free gold nanoparticle films using a ‘drain-to-deposit’ strategy

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    Yang, Guang; Hallinan, Daniel T., Jr.

    2016-06-01

    Gold nanoparticles are widely studied due to the ease of controlled synthesis, facile surface modification, and interesting physical properties. However, a technique for depositing large-area, crack-free monolayers on solid substrates is lacking. Herein is presented a method for accomplishing this. Spherical gold nanoparticles were synthesized as an aqueous dispersion. Assembly into monolayers and ligand exchange occurred simultaneously at an organic/aqueous interface. Then the monolayer film was deposited onto arbitrary solid substrates by slowly pumping out the lower, aqueous phase. This allowed the monolayer film (and liquid–liquid interface) to descend without significant disturbance, eventually reaching substrates contained in the aqueous phase. The resulting macroscopic quality of the films was found to be superior to films transferred by Langmuir techniques. The surface plasmon resonance and Raman enhancement of the films were evaluated and found to be uniform across the surface of each film.

  4. Simple one step synthesis of nonionic dithiol surfactants and their self-assembling with silver nanoparticles: Characterization, surface properties, biological activity

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    Abd-Elaal, Ali A.; Tawfik, Salah M.; Shaban, Samy M.

    2015-07-01

    Simple esterification of 2-mercaptoacetic acid and polyethylene glycol with different molecular weights was done to form the desired nonionic dithiol surfactants. The chemical structures of synthesized thiol surfactants were confirmed using FT-IR and 1H NMR spectra. The surface activity of the synthesized surfactants was determined by measurement of the surface tension at different temperatures. The surface activity measurements showed their high tendency towards adsorption and micellization. The thermodynamic parameters of micellization (ΔGmic, ΔHmic and ΔSmic) and adsorption (ΔGads, ΔGads and ΔSads) showed their tendency toward adsorption at the interfaces and also micellization in the bulk of their solutions. The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared and investigated using UV and TEM techniques. Screening tests of the synthesized dithiol surfactants and their nanostructure with silver nanoparticles, against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Microccus luteus), gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bordatella pertussis) and fungi (Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans) showed that they are highly active biocides. The presence of silver nanoparticles enhancement the biological activities of the individual synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants.

  5. Self-assembled biotransesterified cyclodextrins as potential Artemisinin nanocarriers. II: In vitro behavior toward the immune system and in vivo biodistribution assessment of unloaded nanoparticles.

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    Yaméogo, Josias B G; Gèze, Annabelle; Choisnard, Luc; Putaux, Jean-Luc; Mazet, Roseline; Passirani, Catherine; Keramidas, Michelle; Coll, Jean-Luc; Lautram, Nolwenn; Bejaud, Jérôme; Semdé, Rasmané; Wouessidjewe, Denis

    2014-11-01

    In a previous study, we reported on the formulation of Artemisinin-loaded surface-decorated nanoparticles (nanospheres and nanoreservoirs) by co-nanoprecipitation of PEG derivatives (PEG1500 and PEG4000-stearate, polysorbate 80) and biosynthesized γ-CD fatty esters. In the present study, the co-nanoprecipitation was extended to the use of a PEGylated phospholipid, namely DMPE-PEG2000. As our goal was to prepare long-circulating nanocarriers for further systemic delivery of Artemisinin (ART), here, we have investigated, on the one hand, the in vitro behavior of these surface-modified γ-CD-C10 particles toward the immune system (complement activation and macrophage uptake assays) and, on the other hand, their biodistribution features in mice. These experiments showed that the in vitro plasma protein adsorption and phagocytosis by macrophage cells triggered by γ-CD-C10 nanoparticles were significantly reduced when their surface was decorated with amphiphilic PEGylated molecules, in particular PEG1500-stearate, DMPE-mPEG2000 or polysorbate 80. The prolonged blood circulation time assessed by fluorescence imaging was demonstrated for unloaded γ-CD-C10-based nanospheres and nanoreservoir particles containing DMPE-PEG2000 and polysorbate80, respectively. These nanoparticles also proved to be non-hemolytic at the concentration range used in vivo. Within the limits of the conducted experiments, the co-nanoprecipitation technique may be considered as an alternative for surface modification of amphiphilic CD-based drug delivery systems and may be applied to the systemic delivery of ART. PMID:25204521

  6. Self-assembled biotransesterified cyclodextrins as potential Artemisinin nanocarriers. II: In vitro behavior toward the immune system and in vivo biodistribution assessment of unloaded nanoparticles.

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    Yaméogo, Josias B G; Gèze, Annabelle; Choisnard, Luc; Putaux, Jean-Luc; Mazet, Roseline; Passirani, Catherine; Keramidas, Michelle; Coll, Jean-Luc; Lautram, Nolwenn; Bejaud, Jérôme; Semdé, Rasmané; Wouessidjewe, Denis

    2014-11-01

    In a previous study, we reported on the formulation of Artemisinin-loaded surface-decorated nanoparticles (nanospheres and nanoreservoirs) by co-nanoprecipitation of PEG derivatives (PEG1500 and PEG4000-stearate, polysorbate 80) and biosynthesized γ-CD fatty esters. In the present study, the co-nanoprecipitation was extended to the use of a PEGylated phospholipid, namely DMPE-PEG2000. As our goal was to prepare long-circulating nanocarriers for further systemic delivery of Artemisinin (ART), here, we have investigated, on the one hand, the in vitro behavior of these surface-modified γ-CD-C10 particles toward the immune system (complement activation and macrophage uptake assays) and, on the other hand, their biodistribution features in mice. These experiments showed that the in vitro plasma protein adsorption and phagocytosis by macrophage cells triggered by γ-CD-C10 nanoparticles were significantly reduced when their surface was decorated with amphiphilic PEGylated molecules, in particular PEG1500-stearate, DMPE-mPEG2000 or polysorbate 80. The prolonged blood circulation time assessed by fluorescence imaging was demonstrated for unloaded γ-CD-C10-based nanospheres and nanoreservoir particles containing DMPE-PEG2000 and polysorbate80, respectively. These nanoparticles also proved to be non-hemolytic at the concentration range used in vivo. Within the limits of the conducted experiments, the co-nanoprecipitation technique may be considered as an alternative for surface modification of amphiphilic CD-based drug delivery systems and may be applied to the systemic delivery of ART.

  7. 5-Fluorouracil-loaded Self-assembled pH-sensitive Nanoparticles as Novel Drug Carrier for Treatment of Malignant Tumors%载5-氟尿嘧啶的pH敏感自组装纳米粒制备及体外释放

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    刘亮; 晋平; 程明; 张国亮; 张凤宝

    2006-01-01

    In order to improve the cancer-targeting and selective activity of antineoplastic agent [5-fluorouracil (5-FU)], a novel pH-responsive drug delivery system [pullulan acetate/sulfonamide (PA/SDM) conjugate] was synthesized by a diafiltration method. Sulfonamide was grafted to the hydrophobically modified pullulan acetate to enhance the pH sensitivity for better cancer-targeting delivery. 5-FU was loaded into the self-assembled nanoparticles by the same method. The drug-loaded self-assembled nanoparticles were successfully obtained and characterized in terms of particle size, morphology and drug loading and release profile at various pHs. The results showed that the mean diameter of the self-assembled particles was approximately 100nm, with uniform size and good spherical morphology. The nanoparticles showed good stability at pH 7.4, which is equal to that of the normal body fluid, but shrank and aggregated below pH 6.8, which is close to the pH with tumors. The loading efficiency and concentration of released 5-FU was monitored at 269 nm on the UV/Vis spectrophotometer. The release profile was heavily pH-dependent around physiological pH, and the release rate was significantly enhanced under pH of 6.8.

  8. A layer-by-layer ZnO nanoparticle-PbS quantum dot self-assembly platform for ultrafast interfacial electron injection

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    Eita, Mohamed Samir

    2014-08-28

    Absorbent layers of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are now used as material platforms for low-cost, high-performance solar cells. The semiconductor metal oxide nanoparticles as an acceptor layer have become an integral part of the next generation solar cell. To achieve sufficient electron transfer and subsequently high conversion efficiency in these solar cells, however, energy-level alignment and interfacial contact between the donor and the acceptor units are needed. Here, the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique is used to assemble ZnO nanoparticles (NPs), providing adequate PbS QD uptake to achieve greater interfacial contact compared with traditional sputtering methods. Electron injection at the PbS QD and ZnO NP interface is investigated using broadband transient absorption spectroscopy with 120 femtosecond temporal resolution. The results indicate that electron injection from photoexcited PbS QDs to ZnO NPs occurs on a time scale of a few hundred femtoseconds. This observation is supported by the interfacial electronic-energy alignment between the donor and acceptor moieties. Finally, due to the combination of large interfacial contact and ultrafast electron injection, this proposed platform of assembled thin films holds promise for a variety of solar cell architectures and other settings that principally rely on interfacial contact, such as photocatalysis. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. QCM and EC-SPR Studies of Cytochrome c Self-assembled on Au Electrode and Enhancement of SPR Signal by Au Nanoparticles

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    WANG Yan-yan; JIANG Yan-xia; ZHOU You-chen; LI Yan-yan; MA Zhi-fang; SUN Shi-gang

    2012-01-01

    Quartz crystal microbalance(QCM) and cyclic voltammetry(CV) were used to characterize the monolayer of cytochrome c(Cyt c),which was adsorbed on gold film modified with alkanethiol mixed monolayer.A direct comparison of protein surface coverages calculated from QCM and cyclic voltammetric measurements illustrates that the ratio of the electroactive Cyt c to the total surface-confined Cyt c is 34%,which suggests that the orientation is a main factor affecting the electroactivity of Cyt c.Moreover,surface plasmon resonance(SPR) measurement combined with CV "in situ" was used to investigate the conformational change of Cyt c in the redox process.Besides,Au nanoparticles(Au NPs) were adsorbed on the surface of Cyt c.The result indicates that Au NPs promote electron transfer between Cyt c and the gold electrode,and SPR result suggests Au NPs enhance SPR signal.

  10. Interface-directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles and fabrication of hybrid hollow capsules by interfacial cross-linking polymerization.

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    Tian, Jia; Yuan, Liang; Zhang, Mingming; Zheng, Fan; Xiong, Qingqing; Zhao, Hanying

    2012-06-26

    Amphiphilic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were produced at liquid-liquid interface via ligand exchange between hydrophilic AuNPs and disulfide-containing polymer chains. By using oil droplets as templates, hybrid hollow capsules with AuNPs on the surfaces were obtained after interfacial cross-linking polymerization. The volume ratio of toluene to water exerts an important effect on the size of capsules. The average size of the capsules increases with the volume ratio. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to characterize the hollow structures. In this research, not only one-component but also multicomponent hollow capsules were prepared by copolymerization of acrylamide and hybrid AuNPs at liquid-liquid interface. Because of the improvement in hydrophilicity of the hollow capsules, the average size of multicomponent capsules is bigger than one-component ones in aqueous solution.

  11. Zoledronic acid-encapsulating self-assembling nanoparticles and doxorubicin: a combinatorial approach to overcome simultaneously chemoresistance and immunoresistance in breast tumors.

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    Kopecka, Joanna; Porto, Stefania; Lusa, Sara; Gazzano, Elena; Salzano, Giuseppina; Pinzòn-Daza, Martha Leonor; Giordano, Antonio; Desiderio, Vincenzo; Ghigo, Dario; De Rosa, Giuseppe; Caraglia, Michele; Riganti, Chiara

    2016-04-12

    The resistance to chemotherapy and the tumor escape from host immunosurveillance are the main causes of the failure of anthracycline-based regimens in breast cancer, where an effective chemo-immunosensitizing strategy is lacking.The clinically used aminobisphosphonate zoledronic acid (ZA) reverses chemoresistance and immunoresistance in vitro. Previously we developed a nanoparticle-based zoledronic acid-containing formulation (NZ) that allowed a higher intratumor delivery of the drug compared with free ZA in vivo. We tested its efficacy in combination with doxorubicin in breast tumors refractory to chemotherapy and immune system recognition as a new combinatorial approach to produce chemo- and immunosensitization.NZ reduced the IC50 of doxorubicin in human and murine chemoresistant breast cancer cells and restored the doxorubicin efficacy against chemo-immunoresistant tumors implanted in immunocompetent mice. By reducing the metabolic flux through the mevalonate pathway, NZ lowered the activity of Ras/ERK1/2/HIF-1α axis and the expression of P-glycoprotein, decreased the glycolysis and the mitochondrial respiratory chain, induced a cytochrome c/caspase 9/caspase 3-dependent apoptosis, thus restoring the direct cytotoxic effects of doxorubicin on tumor cell. Moreover, NZ restored the doxorubicin-induced immunogenic cell death and reversed the tumor-induced immunosuppression due to the production of kynurenine, by inhibiting the STAT3/indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase axis. These events increased the number of dendritic cells and decreased the number of immunosuppressive T-regulatory cells infiltrating the tumors.Our work proposes the use of nanoparticle encapsulating zoledronic acid as an effective tool overcoming at the same time chemoresistance and immunoresistance in breast tumors, thanks to the effects exerted on tumor cell and tumor-infiltrating immune cells. PMID:26980746

  12. High-surface-area mesoporous TiO2 microspheres via one-step nanoparticle self-assembly for enhanced lithium-ion storage

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    Wang, Hsin-Yi; Chen, Jiazang; Hy, Sunny; Yu, Linghui; Xu, Zhichuan; Liu, Bin

    2014-11-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping modifies the electronic structure of TiO2 (e.g., Fermi level, Ef), and thus influences its electrochemical properties. Solid electrolyte interface (SEI) formation, which is not common for titania, could be initiated in carbonate-doped TiO2 due to elevated Ef. After removing carbonate dopants by high-temperature calcination, the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres showed much improved performance in lithium insertion and stability at various current rates, attributed to a synergistic effect of high surface area, large pore size and good anatase crystallinity.Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping

  13. Molecular self-assembly advances and applications

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    2012-01-01

    In the past several decades, molecular self-assembly has emerged as one of the main themes in chemistry, biology, and materials science. This book compiles and details cutting-edge research in molecular assemblies ranging from self-organized peptide nanostructures and DNA-chromophore foldamers to supramolecular systems and metal-directed assemblies, even to nanocrystal superparticles and self-assembled microdevices

  14. Self-assembled nanomaterials for photoacoustic imaging

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    Wang, Lei; Yang, Pei-Pei; Zhao, Xiao-Xiao; Wang, Hao

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, extensive endeavors have been paid to construct functional self-assembled nanomaterials for various applications such as catalysis, separation, energy and biomedicines. To date, different strategies have been developed for preparing nanomaterials with diversified structures and functionalities via fine tuning of self-assembled building blocks. In terms of biomedical applications, bioimaging technologies are urgently calling for high-efficient probes/contrast agents for high-performance bioimaging. Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging whole-body imaging modality offering high spatial resolution, deep penetration and high contrast in vivo. The self-assembled nanomaterials show high stability in vivo, specific tolerance to sterilization and prolonged half-life stability and desirable targeting properties, which is a kind of promising PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. Herein, we focus on summarizing recent advances in smart self-assembled nanomaterials with NIR absorption as PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. According to the preparation strategy of the contrast agents, the self-assembled nanomaterials are categorized into two groups, i.e., the ex situ and in situ self-assembled nanomaterials. The driving forces, assembly modes and regulation of PA properties of self-assembled nanomaterials and their applications for long-term imaging, enzyme activity detection and aggregation-induced retention (AIR) effect for diagnosis and therapy are emphasized. Finally, we conclude with an outlook towards future developments of self-assembled nanomaterials for PA imaging.

  15. Label-free electrochemical aptasensor for sensitive thrombin detection using layer-by-layer self-assembled multilayers with toluidine blue-graphene composites and gold nanoparticles.

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    Xie, Shunbi; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin; Bai, Lijuan; Yuan, Yali; Wang, Yan

    2012-08-30

    In the present study, toluidine blue-graphene (Tb-Gra) nanocomposites were prepared to design a Lable-free electrochemical aptasensor for highly sensitive detection of thrombin based on layer-by-layer (LBL) technology. The nanocomposites with excellent redox electrochemical activities were first immobilized on the gold nanoparticles (nano-Au) modified glassy carbon electrodes (GCE). Then, the LBL structure was performed by electrostatic adsorption between the positively charged Tb-Gra and negatively charged nano-Au, which formed {Tb-Gra/nano-Au}(n) multilayer films for electroactive species enrichment and biomolecule immobilization. Subsequently, the thiolated thrombin binding aptamer (TBA) was assembled on the nano-Au surface through Au-S bond. In the presence of target thrombin (TB), the TBA on the multilayer could catch the thrombin onto the electrode surface, which resulted in a barrier for electro-transfer, leading to the decrease of the electrochemical signal of Tb-Gra nanocomposites. Under the optimal conditions, a wide detection range from 0.001 nM to 80 nM and a low detection limit of 0.33 pM (defined as S/N=3) for thrombin were obtained. In addition, the sensor exhibited excellent selectivity against other proteins. PMID:22939121

  16. Self-Assembled 3D Graphene-Based Aerogel with Co3 O4 Nanoparticles as High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor Electrode.

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    Xie, Lijing; Su, Fangyuan; Xie, Longfei; Li, Xiaoming; Liu, Zhuo; Kong, Qingqiang; Guo, Xiaohui; Zhang, Yaoyao; Wan, Liu; Li, Kaixi; Lv, Chunxiang; Chen, Chengmeng

    2015-09-01

    Using graphene oxide and a cobalt salt as precursor, a three-dimensional graphene aerogel with embedded Co3 O4 nanoparticles (3D Co3 O4 -RGO aerogel) is prepared by means of a solvothermal approach and subsequent freeze-drying and thermal reduction. The obtained 3D Co3 O4 -RGO aerogel has a high specific capacitance of 660 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) and a high rate capability of 65.1 % retention at 50 A g(-1) in a three-electrode system. Furthermore, the material is used as cathode to fabricate an asymmetric supercapacitor utilizing a hierarchical porous carbon (HPC) as anode and 6 M KOH aqueous solution as electrolyte. In a voltage range of 0.0 to 1.5 V, the device exhibits a high energy density of 40.65 Wh kg(-1) and a power density of 340 W kg(-1) and shows a high cycling stability (92.92 % capacitance retention after 2000 cycles). After charging for only 30 s, three CR2032 coin-type asymmetric supercapacitors in series can drive a light-emitting-diode (LED) bulb brightly for 30 min, which remains effective even after 1 h.

  17. Systematic Control of Self-Assembled Au Nanoparticles and Nanostructures Through the Variation of Deposition Amount, Annealing Duration, and Temperature on Si (111)

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    Li, Ming-Yu; Sui, Mao; Pandey, Puran; Zhang, Quanzhen; Kim, Eun-Soo; Lee, Jihoon

    2015-09-01

    The size, density, and configurations of Au nanoparticles (NPs) can play important roles in controlling the electron mobility, light absorption, and localized surface plasmon resonance, and further in the Au NP-assisted nanostructure fabrications. In this study, we present a systematical investigation on the evolution of Au NPs and nanostructures on Si (111) by controlling the deposition amount (DA), annealing temperature (AT), and dwelling time (DT). Under an identical growth condition, the morphologies of Au NPs and nanostructures drastically evolve when the DA is only slightly varied, based on the Volmer-Weber and coalescence models: i.e. I: mini NPs, II: mid-sized round dome-shaped Au NPs, III: large Au NPs, and IV: coalesced nanostructures. With the AT control, three distinctive ranges are observed: i.e., NP nucleation, Au NPs maturation and melting. The gradual dimensional expansion of Au NPs is always compensated with the density reduction, which is explained with the thermodynamic theory. The DT effect is relatively minor on Au NPs, a sharp contrast to other metallic NPs, which is discussed based on the Ostwald-ripening.

  18. A nano-structured Ni(II)–chelidamic acid modified gold nanoparticle self-assembled electrode for electrocatalytic oxidation and determination of methanol

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    A nano-structured Ni(II)–chelidamic acid (2,6-dicarboxy-4-hydroxypyridine) film was electrodeposited on a gold nanoparticle–cysteine–gold electrode. The morphology of Ni(II)–chelidamic acid gold nanoparticle self‐assembled electrode was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol on the surface of modified electrode was studied by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry methods. The hydrodynamic amperometry at a rotating modified electrode at constant potential versus reference electrode was used for detection of methanol. Under optimized conditions the calibration plots are linear in the concentration range 0–50 mM with a detection limit of 15 μM. The formed matrix in our work possessed a 3D porous network structure with a large effective surface area, high catalytic activity and behaved like microelectrode ensembles. The modified electrode indicated reproducible behavior and a high level stability during the experiments, making it particularly suitable for analytical purposes. - Highlights: ► The Au electrode modified with thin Ni(II)/CHE-AuNP film shows stable and reproducible behavior. ► Long stability and excellent electrochemical reversibility were observed. ► This modified electrode shows excellent catalytic activity for methanol oxidation. ► Combination of unique properties of AuNP and Ni(II)/CHE resulted in improvement of current responses.

  19. Direct electrochemistry and enzymatic activity of hemoglobin in positively charged colloid Au nanoparticles and hemoglobin layer-by-layer self-assembly films

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    YUAN; Ruo; CAO; ShuRui; CHAI; YaQin; GAO; FengXian; ZHAO; Qing; TANG; MingYu; TONG; ZhongQiang; XIE; Yi

    2007-01-01

    Alternate adsorption of positively charged colloid-Au nanoparticles (nano-Au(Ξ) and negatively charged hemoglobin (Hb) on L-cysteine (L-cys) modified gold electrode resulted in the assembly of {Hb/nano-Au(Ξ)}n layer-by-layer films/L-cys modified gold electrode. The nano-Au(Ξ) was characterized by transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and microelectrophoresis. The modified electrode interface morphology was characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), cyclic voltammograms (CV) and chronoamperometry. Direct electron transfer between hemoglobin and gold electrodes was studied, and the apparent Michaelis-Menten constant (Kappm) of the modified electrode was evaluated to be 0.10 mmol·L-1. Moreover, the higher activity of proteins in the nano-Au(Ξ)films could be retained compared with the electropolymerization membrane, since the proteins in nano-Au(Ξ) films retained their near-native structure. Direct electron transfer between hemoglobin and electrode and electrochemically catalyzed reduction of hydrogen peroxide on a modified electrode was studied, and the linear range was from 2.1×10-8 to 1.2 ×10-3 mol·L-1 (r = 0.994) with a detection limit of 1.1×10?8 mol·L-1 H2O2.

  20. Hybrid nanostructures of well-organized arrays of colloidal quantum dots and a self-assembled monolayer of gold nanoparticles for enhanced fluorescence

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    Liu, Xiaoying; McBride, Sean P.; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2016-07-01

    Hybrid nanomaterials comprised of well-organized arrays of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in close proximity to metal nanoparticles (NPs) represent an appealing system for high-performance, spectrum-tunable photon sources with controlled photoluminescence. Experimental realization of such materials requires well-defined QD arrays and precisely controlled QD-metal interspacing. This long-standing challenge is tackled through a strategy that synergistically combines lateral confinement and vertical stacking. Lithographically generated nanoscale patterns with tailored surface chemistry confine the QDs into well-organized arrays with high selectivity through chemical pattern directed assembly, while subsequent coating with a monolayer of close-packed Au NPs introduces the plasmonic component for fluorescence enhancement. The results show uniform fluorescence emission in large-area ordered arrays for the fabricated QD structures and demonstrate five-fold fluorescence amplification for red, yellow, and green QDs in the presence of the Au NP monolayer. Encapsulation of QDs with a silica shell is shown to extend the design space for reliable QD/metal coupling with stronger enhancement of 11 times through the tuning of QD-metal spatial separation. This approach provides new opportunities for designing hybrid nanomaterials with tailored array structures and multiple functionalities for applications such as multiplexed optical coding, color display, and quantum transduction.

  1. Hybrid nanostructures of well-organized arrays of colloidal quantum dots and a self-assembled monolayer of gold nanoparticles for enhanced fluorescence

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    Liu, Xiaoying; McBride, Sean P.; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2016-07-01

    Hybrid nanomaterials comprised of well-organized arrays of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in close proximity to metal nanoparticles (NPs) represent an appealing system for high-performance, spectrum-tunable photon sources with controlled photoluminescence. Experimental realization of such materials requires well-defined QD arrays and precisely controlled QD–metal interspacing. This long-standing challenge is tackled through a strategy that synergistically combines lateral confinement and vertical stacking. Lithographically generated nanoscale patterns with tailored surface chemistry confine the QDs into well-organized arrays with high selectivity through chemical pattern directed assembly, while subsequent coating with a monolayer of close-packed Au NPs introduces the plasmonic component for fluorescence enhancement. The results show uniform fluorescence emission in large-area ordered arrays for the fabricated QD structures and demonstrate five-fold fluorescence amplification for red, yellow, and green QDs in the presence of the Au NP monolayer. Encapsulation of QDs with a silica shell is shown to extend the design space for reliable QD/metal coupling with stronger enhancement of 11 times through the tuning of QD–metal spatial separation. This approach provides new opportunities for designing hybrid nanomaterials with tailored array structures and multiple functionalities for applications such as multiplexed optical coding, color display, and quantum transduction.

  2. Redox-Robust Pentamethylferrocene Polymers and Supramolecular Polymers, and Controlled Self-Assembly of Pentamethylferricenium Polymer-Embedded Ag, AgI, and Au Nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haibin; Ciganda, Roberto; Castel, Patricia; Vax, Amélie; Gregurec, Danijela; Irigoyen, Joseba; Moya, Sergio; Salmon, Lionel; Zhao, Pengxiang; Ruiz, Jaime; Hernández, Ricardo; Astruc, Didier

    2015-12-01

    We report the first pentamethylferrocene (PMF) polymers and the redox chemistry of their robust polycationic pentamethylferricenium (PMFium) analogues. The PMF polymers were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a PMF-containing norbornene derivative by using the third-generation Grubbs ruthenium metathesis catalyst. Cyclic voltammetry studies allowed us to determine confidently the number of monomer units in the polymers through the Bard-Anson method. Stoichiometric oxidation by using ferricenium hexafluorophosphate quantitatively and instantaneously provided fully stable (even in aerobic solutions) blue d(5) Fe(III) metallopolymers. Alternatively, oxidation of the PMF-containing polymers was conducted by reactions with Ag(I) or Au(III) , to give PMFium polymer-embedded Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs). In the presence of I2 , oxidation by using Ag(I) gave polymer-embedded Ag/AgI NPs and AgNPs at the surface of AgI NPs. Oxidation by using Au(III) also produced an Au(I) intermediate that was trapped and characterized. Engineered single-electron transfer reactions of these redox-robust nanomaterial precursors appear to be a new way to control their formation, size, and environment in a supramolecular way.

  3. Purification of ethanol for highly sensitive self-assembly experiments

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Ethanol is the preferred solvent for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs of thiolates on gold. By applying a thin film sensor system, we could demonstrate that even the best commercial qualities of ethanol contain surface-active contaminants, which can compete with the desired thiolates for surface sites. Here we present that gold nanoparticles deposited onto zeolite X can be used to remove these contaminants by chemisorption. This nanoparticle-impregnated zeolite does not only show high capacities for surface-active contaminants, such as thiols, but can be fully regenerated via a simple pyrolysis protocol.

  4. Electrodeposition of gold nanoparticles onto an etched stainless steel wire followed by a self-assembled monolayer of octanedithiol as a fiber coating for selective solid-phase microextraction.

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    Yang, Yaoxia; Li, Yi; Liu, Haixia; Wang, Xuemei; Du, Xinzhen

    2014-11-01

    In the present study, a novel approach for rapid electrodeposition on an etched stainless steel (SS) wire followed by self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was proposed for the fabrication of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The etched SS wire offers a rough surface structure for subsequent electrochemical deposition of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). As a result, uniform AuNPs coating was tightly attached to the etched SS wire substrate. After SAM of 1,8-octanedithiol onto AuNPs coating via Au-S bonding, a unique floccular structure with extremely large surface area was obtained for the fabricated fiber. The mercaptooctyl groups modified AuNPs coated etched SS fiber (C8-S-AuNPs/SS) was then assessed for SPME of phthalate esters (PAEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorophenols (CPs), ultraviolet (UV) filters, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and substituted anilines coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. This fiber exhibits higher extraction capability and better selectivity for some PCBs, CPs, UV filters and PAHs. Extraction conditions were investigated and optimized for SPME performance of UV filters. Under the optimized conditions, the developed method showed good linearity between 0.10 and 400μgL(-1) with corresponding coefficients in the range of 0.9989-0.9998. The limits of detection ranged from 0.025 to 0.056μgL(-1). The relative standard deviation for fiber-to-fiber reproducibility of five fabricated fibers was less than 9.4%. The developed method was successfully applied to the preconcentration and determination of trace UV filters from environmental water samples. Furthermore the fabrication of the C8-S-AuNPs/SS fiber can be performed in a highly reproducible manner. This fabricated fiber exhibits good stability and long lifetime, and could be a potential alternative for the conventional fused silica fiber. PMID:25465004

  5. Lipid Self-Assemblies and Nanostructured Emulsions for Cosmetic Formulations

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    Chandrashekhar V. Kulkarni

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A majority of cosmetic products that we encounter on daily basis contain lipid constituents in solubilized or insolubilized forms. Due to their amphiphilic nature, the lipid molecules spontaneously self-assemble into a remarkable range of nanostructures when mixed with water. This review illustrates the formation and finely tunable properties of self-assembled lipid nanostructures and their hierarchically organized derivatives, as well as their relevance to the development of cosmetic formulations. These lipid systems can be modulated into various physical forms suitable for topical administration including fluids, gels, creams, pastes and dehydrated films. Moreover, they are capable of encapsulating hydrophilic, hydrophobic as well as amphiphilic active ingredients owing to their special morphological characters. Nano-hybrid materials with more elegant properties can be designed by combining nanostructured lipid systems with other nanomaterials including a hydrogelator, silica nanoparticles, clays and carbon nanomaterials. The smart materials reviewed here may well be the future of innovative cosmetic applications.

  6. Fabrication of Au/SiO2 Nanocomposite Films by Self-Assembly Multilayer Method

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    Haihu YU; Honghui LI; Desheng JIANG; Xiaoyao CHEN; Enyu YANG

    2004-01-01

    Gold colloid was prepared by chemical reduction of hydrogen tetrachloroaurate, polyelectrolyte/gold nanoparticle/silica nanopar ticle composite films were fabricated via an electrostatic self-assembly multilayer method, and composite films of gold nanopar ticle dispersed in silica matrix were formed by heat-treating the polyelectrolyte/gold nanoparticle/silica nanoparticle composite films to eliminate the polyelectrolyte. The obtained composite films were investigated with UV-vis, TEM, AFM and XRD. Theresults show that the self-assembly multilayer method is a promising process to produce composite films of gold nanoparticledispersed in organic and/or inorganic matrixes.

  7. Self-assembly of smallest magnetic particles.

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    Mehdizadeh Taheri, Sara; Michaelis, Maria; Friedrich, Thomas; Förster, Beate; Drechsler, Markus; Römer, Florian M; Bösecke, Peter; Narayanan, Theyencheri; Weber, Birgit; Rehberg, Ingo; Rosenfeldt, Sabine; Förster, Stephan

    2015-11-24

    The assembly of tiny magnetic particles in external magnetic fields is important for many applications ranging from data storage to medical technologies. The development of ever smaller magnetic structures is restricted by a size limit, where the particles are just barely magnetic. For such particles we report the discovery of a kind of solution assembly hitherto unobserved, to our knowledge. The fact that the assembly occurs in solution is very relevant for applications, where magnetic nanoparticles are either solution-processed or are used in liquid biological environments. Induced by an external magnetic field, nanocubes spontaneously assemble into 1D chains, 2D monolayer sheets, and large 3D cuboids with almost perfect internal ordering. The self-assembly of the nanocubes can be elucidated considering the dipole-dipole interaction of small superparamagnetic particles. Complex 3D geometrical arrangements of the nanodipoles are obtained under the assumption that the orientation of magnetization is freely adjustable within the superlattice and tends to minimize the binding energy. On that basis the magnetic moment of the cuboids can be explained.

  8. RNA self-assembly and RNA nanotechnology.

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    Grabow, Wade W; Jaeger, Luc

    2014-06-17

    CONSPECTUS: Nanotechnology's central goal involves the direct control of matter at the molecular nanometer scale to build nanofactories, nanomachines, and other devices for potential applications including electronics, alternative fuels, and medicine. In this regard, the nascent use of nucleic acids as a material to coordinate the precise arrangements of specific molecules marked an important milestone in the relatively recent history of nanotechnology. While DNA served as the pioneer building material in nucleic acid nanotechnology, RNA continues to emerge as viable alternative material with its own distinct advantages for nanoconstruction. Several complementary assembly strategies have been used to build a diverse set of RNA nanostructures having unique structural attributes and the ability to self-assemble in a highly programmable and controlled manner. Of the different strategies, the architectonics approach uniquely endeavors to understand integrated structural RNA architectures through the arrangement of their characteristic structural building blocks. Viewed through this lens, it becomes apparent that nature routinely uses thermodynamically stable, recurrent modular motifs from natural RNA molecules to generate unique and more complex programmable structures. With the design principles found in natural structures, a number of synthetic RNAs have been constructed. The synthetic nanostructures constructed to date have provided, in addition to affording essential insights into RNA design, important platforms to characterize and validate the structural self-folding and assembly properties of RNA modules or building blocks. Furthermore, RNA nanoparticles have shown great promise for applications in nanomedicine and RNA-based therapeutics. Nevertheless, the synthetic RNA architectures achieved thus far consist largely of static, rigid particles that are still far from matching the structural and functional complexity of natural responsive structural elements such

  9. Oil Phase Evaporation Induced Self-Assembly of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles into Spherical Clusters with Controlled Surface Chemistry in an Oil-in-Water Dispersion and Comparison of Behaviors of Individual and Clustered Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Qiu, Penghe; Jensen, Christina; Charity, Njoku; Towner, Rheal; Mao, Chuanbin

    2010-01-01

    We report a general method for preparing nanoparticle clusters (NPCs) in an oil-in-water emulsion system mediated by cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) where previously, only individual nanoparticles were obtained. NPCs of magnetic, metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles have been prepared to demonstrate the generality of the method. The NPCs were spherical and composed of densely packed individual nanoparticles. The number density of nanoparticles in the oil phase was found to be criti...

  10. Recent development of peptide self-assembly

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    Xiubo Zhao; Fang Pan; Jian R. Lu

    2008-01-01

    Amino acids are the building blocks to build peptides and proteins. Recent development in peptide synthesis has however enabled us to mimic this natural process by preparing various long and short peptides possessing different conformations and biological functions. The self-assembly of short designed peptides into molecular nanostructures is becoming a growing interest in nanobiotechnology. Self-assembled peptides exhibit several attractive features for applications in tissue regeneration, drug delivery, biological surface engineering as well as in food science, cosmetic industry and antibiotics. The aim of this review is to introduce the readers to a number of representative studies on peptide self-assembly.

  11. Novel biosensing platform based on self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel.

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    Ma, Dong; Zhang, Li-Ming

    2013-07-01

    The supramolecular hydrogel self-assembled from α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and an amphiphilic triblock copolymer was used for the first time as a biosensing platform by the in-situ incorporation of horseradish peroxidase and polyaniline (PANI) nanoparticles. It was found that the used triblock copolymer could disperse well PANI nanoparticles in aqueous system and then interact with α-CD in the presence of horseradish peroxidase for the formation of supramolecular hydrogel composite. The content of PANI nanoparticles was found to affect the gelation time and gel strength. The circular dichroism analyses showed that the entrapped horseradish peroxidase could retain its native conformation. By electrochemical experiments, the incorporated PANI nanoparticles were confirmed to improve the current response and enzymatic activity, and the fabricated biosensor was found to provide a fast amperometric response to hydrogen peroxide. PMID:23623078

  12. Formation of the self-assembled structures by the ultrasonic cavitation erosion-corrosion effect on carbon steel

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    Dayun Yan

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The cavitation erosion-corrosion effect on the metal surface always forms irregular oxide structures. In this study, we reported the formation of regular self-assembled structures of amorphous nanoparticles around the cavitation erosion pits on carbon steel upon the ultrasonic cavitation in methylene blue solution. Each self-assembled structure was composed of linearly aligned nanoparticles of about 100 nm. The formation of self-assembled structures might be due to the combined effect of corrosion, specific sonochemical reaction in methylene blue solution, and the magnetic domain structures on the carbon steel.

  13. Directed self-assembly of a colloidal kagome lattice.

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    Chen, Qian; Bae, Sung Chul; Granick, Steve

    2011-01-20

    A challenging goal in materials chemistry and physics is spontaneously to form intended superstructures from designed building blocks. In fields such as crystal engineering and the design of porous materials, this typically involves building blocks of organic molecules, sometimes operating together with metallic ions or clusters. The translation of such ideas to nanoparticles and colloidal-sized building blocks would potentially open doors to new materials and new properties, but the pathways to achieve this goal are still undetermined. Here we show how colloidal spheres can be induced to self-assemble into a complex predetermined colloidal crystal-in this case a colloidal kagome lattice-through decoration of their surfaces with a simple pattern of hydrophobic domains. The building blocks are simple micrometre-sized spheres with interactions (electrostatic repulsion in the middle, hydrophobic attraction at the poles, which we call 'triblock Janus') that are also simple, but the self-assembly of the spheres into an open kagome structure contrasts with previously known close-packed periodic arrangements of spheres. This open network is of interest for several theoretical reasons. With a view to possible enhanced functionality, the resulting lattice structure possesses two families of pores, one that is hydrophobic on the rims of the pores and another that is hydrophilic. This strategy of 'convergent' self-assembly from easily fabricated colloidal building blocks encodes the target supracolloidal architecture, not in localized attractive spots but instead in large redundantly attractive regions, and can be extended to form other supracolloidal networks.

  14. From Self-Assembled Vesicles to Protocells

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    Chen, Irene A.; Walde, Peter

    2010-01-01

    Self-assembled vesicles are essential components of primitive cells. We review the importance of vesicles during the origins of life, fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, and experimental models of simple vesicles, focusing on prebiotically plausible fatty acids and their derivatives. We review recent work on interactions of simple vesicles with RNA and other studies of the transition from vesicles to protocells. Finally we discuss current challenges in understanding the ...

  15. Mechanical Self-Assembly Science and Applications

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    Mechanical Self-Assembly: Science and Applications introduces a novel category of self-assembly driven by mechanical forces. This book discusses self-assembly in various types of small material structures including thin films, surfaces, and micro- and nano-wires, as well as the practice's potential application in micro and nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, and biomedical engineering. The mechanical self-assembly process is inherently quick, simple, and cost-effective, as well as accessible to a large number of materials, such as curved surfaces for forming three-dimensional small structures. Mechanical self-assembly is complementary to, and sometimes offer advantages over, the traditional micro- and nano-fabrication. This book also: Presents a highly original aspect of the science of self-assembly Describes the novel methods of mechanical assembly used to fabricate a variety of new three-dimensional material structures in simple and cost-effective ways Provides simple insights to a number of biological systems and ...

  16. Oil-in-Water Self-Assembled Synthesis of Ag@AgCl Nano-Particles on Flower-like Bi2O2CO3 with Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity

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    Shuanglong Lin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a series of novel flower-like Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 were prepared by simple and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly processes. The phase structures of as-prepared samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF, etc. The characterization results indicated that the presence of Ag@AgCl did not affect the crystal structure, but exerted a great influence on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O2CO3 and enhanced the absorption band of pure Bi2O2CO3. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible light irradiation. The Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity, degrading 97.9% MB after irradiation for 20 min, which is over 1.64 and 3.66 times faster than that of pure Ag@AgCl (calculated based on the equivalent Ag@AgCl content in Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA was also degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3. Photocurrent studies indicated that the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs was decreased effectively due to the formation of heterojunctions between flower-like Bi2O2CO3 and Ag@AgCl nanoparticles. Trapping experiments indicated that O2−, h+ and Cl° acted as the main reactive species for MB degradation in the present photocatalytic system. Furthermore, the cycling experiments revealed the good stability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 composites. Based on the above, a photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed.

  17. Alcohol solvents evaporation-induced self-assembly synthesis of mesoporous TiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y} nanoparticles toward visible-light driven photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Shou-Heng, E-mail: shliu@kuas.edu.tw; Syu, Han-Ren; Wu, Chung-Yi [National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (China)

    2014-12-15

    A one-step solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (SEISA) process was demonstrated to prepare carbon and nitrogen co-doping mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-S) using an ionic liquid as carbon and nitrogen sources as well as mesoporous template. After the evaporation of different solvents (methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol) and subsequent calcinations at 773 K, the obtained MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-S samples were systematically characterized by a variety of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, including small- and large-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopies. The results indicate that the solvents play an essential role on the chemical microstructure, doping elemental states, and photocatalytic performance of catalysts. The MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-I samples have the lowest band gap of ca. 2.75 eV and strongest absorbance of visible light in the range of 400–600 nm. Among the MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-S photocatalysts, the MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-M catalysts show superior photocatalytic activity of hydrogen generation in methanol aqueous solution under visible light irradiation as compared to MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-E, MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-I, and commercial Degussa TiO{sub 2}. This result could be attributed to the moderate C,N co-doping amounts on their developed mesoporous texture (pore size = 8.0 nm) and high surface area (107 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) of TiO{sub 2} (crystallite size = 9.9 nm) in the MesoTiO{sub 2−x−y}C{sub x}N{sub y}-M catalysts.

  18. Synthesis of Self-Assembled Multifunctional Nanocomposite Catalysts with Highly Stabilized Reactivity and Magnetic Recyclability

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    Xu Yu; Gong Cheng; Si-Yang Zheng

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a multifunctional Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite catalyst with highly stabilized reactivity and magnetic recyclability was synthesized by a self-assembled method. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were coated with a thin layer of the SiO2 to obtain a negatively charged surface. Then positively charged poly(ethyleneimine) polymer (PEI) was self-assembled onto the Fe3O4@SiO2 by electrostatic interaction. Next, negatively charged glutathione capped gold nanoparticles (GSH-A...

  19. Biological colloid engineering: Self-assembly of dipolar ferromagnetic chains in a functionalized biogenic ferrofluid

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    Ruder, Warren C.; Hsu, Chia-Pei D.; Edelman, Brent D.; Schwartz, Russell; LeDuc, Philip R.

    2012-08-01

    We have studied the dynamic behavior of nanoparticles in ferrofluids consisting of single-domain, biogenic magnetite (Fe3O4) isolated from Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum (MS-1). Although dipolar chains form in magnetic colloids in zero applied field, when dried upon substrates, the solvent front disorders nanoparticle aggregation. Using avidin-biotin functionalization of the particles and substrate, we generated self-assembled, linear chain motifs that resist solvent front disruption in zero-field. The engineered self-assembly process we describe here provides an approach for the creation of ordered magnetic structures that could impact fields ranging from micro-electro-mechanical systems development to magnetic imaging of biological structures.

  20. pH-Triggered Release of Hydrophobic Molecules from Self-Assembling Hybrid Nanoscaffolds.

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    Lu, Lei; Unsworth, Larry D

    2016-04-11

    Self-assembling peptide based hydrogels have a wide range of applications in the field of tissue repair and tissue regeneration. Because of its physicochemical properties, (RADA)4 has been studied as a potential platform for 3D cell culture, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Despite some small molecule and protein release studies with this system, there is a lack of work investigating the controlled release of hydrophobic compounds (i.e., anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial drugs, etc.) that are important for many clinical therapies. Attempts to incorporate hydrophobic compounds into self-assembling matrices usually inhibited nanofiber formation, rather resulting in a peptide-drug complex or microcrystal formation. Herein, a self-assembling chitosan/carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin nanoparticle system was used to load dexamethasone, which formed within a self-assembling (RADA)4 nanoscaffold matrix. Nanoparticles dispersed within the matrix were stabilized by the nanofibers within. The in vitro release of dexamethasone from the hybrid system was observed to be pH sensitive. At pH 7, release was observed for more than 8 days, with three distinct kinetic domains in the first 6 days. Data suggest that the deprotonation of chitosan at a solution pH > 6.8 leads to nanoparticle dissociation and ultimately the release of dexamethasone from the hybrid system. This system has the potential to form a multifunctional scaffold that can self-assemble with the ability to control the release of hydrophobic drugs for a wide variety of applications. PMID:26938197

  1. Self-assembly of microcapsules via colloidal bond hybridization and anisotropy

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    Evers, Chris H. J.; Luiken, Jurriaan A.; Bolhuis, Peter G.; Kegel, Willem K.

    2016-06-01

    Particles with directional interactions are promising building blocks for new functional materials and may serve as models for biological structures. Mutually attractive nanoparticles that are deformable owing to flexible surface groups, for example, may spontaneously order themselves into strings, sheets and large vesicles. Furthermore, anisotropic colloids with attractive patches can self-assemble into open lattices and the colloidal equivalents of molecules and micelles. However, model systems that combine mutual attraction, anisotropy and deformability have not yet been realized. Here we synthesize colloidal particles that combine these three characteristics and obtain self-assembled microcapsules. We propose that mutual attraction and deformability induce directional interactions via colloidal bond hybridization. Our particles contain both mutually attractive and repulsive surface groups that are flexible. Analogously to the simplest chemical bond—in which two isotropic orbitals hybridize into the molecular orbital of H2—these flexible groups redistribute on binding. Via colloidal bond hybridization, isotropic spheres self-assemble into planar monolayers, whereas anisotropic snowman-shaped particles self-assemble into hollow monolayer microcapsules. A modest change in the building blocks thus results in much greater complexity of the self-assembled structures. In other words, these relatively simple building blocks self-assemble into markedly more complex structures than do similar particles that are isotropic or non-deformable.

  2. Self-assembly of microcapsules via colloidal bond hybridization and anisotropy.

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    Evers, Chris H J; Luiken, Jurriaan A; Bolhuis, Peter G; Kegel, Willem K

    2016-06-16

    Particles with directional interactions are promising building blocks for new functional materials and may serve as models for biological structures. Mutually attractive nanoparticles that are deformable owing to flexible surface groups, for example, may spontaneously order themselves into strings, sheets and large vesicles. Furthermore, anisotropic colloids with attractive patches can self-assemble into open lattices and the colloidal equivalents of molecules and micelles. However, model systems that combine mutual attraction, anisotropy and deformability have not yet been realized. Here we synthesize colloidal particles that combine these three characteristics and obtain self-assembled microcapsules. We propose that mutual attraction and deformability induce directional interactions via colloidal bond hybridization. Our particles contain both mutually attractive and repulsive surface groups that are flexible. Analogously to the simplest chemical bond--in which two isotropic orbitals hybridize into the molecular orbital of H2--these flexible groups redistribute on binding. Via colloidal bond hybridization, isotropic spheres self-assemble into planar monolayers, whereas anisotropic snowman-shaped particles self-assemble into hollow monolayer microcapsules. A modest change in the building blocks thus results in much greater complexity of the self-assembled structures. In other words, these relatively simple building blocks self-assemble into markedly more complex structures than do similar particles that are isotropic or non-deformable. PMID:27281213

  3. A distribution kinetics model of self-assembly: Effects of coalescence and solvent evaporation

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    Madras, Giridhar; McCoy, Benjamin J.

    2006-01-01

    Self-assembly from a metastable state often occurs by nucleation accompanied by nanoparticle growth and eventually by Ostwald coarsening. By developing a population balance model for growth and coarsening, we here determine the dynamics of self-assembled cluster size distributions (CSDs) in two or three dimensions. The governing equations are solved numerically and the asymptotic coarsening stage reveals a power-law increase in average particle mass as the CSD evolves to a (minimum) polydispersity index of unity for both 2-D and 3-D phase transitions. By incorporating solvent evaporation to simulate drying-mediated self-assembly of nanoparticles, the model yields a temporal power law relationship with exponent 1/4 for the average 2-D domain radius, in agreement with experimentally observed behavior. The power law relationships can also be obtained by varying the coalescence rate and the power on mass in rate coefficient expressions.

  4. Patterned self-assembled film guided electrodeposition

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    ZHOU; Feng; LI; Bin; XU; Tao; CHEN; Miao; HAO; Jingcheng; LI

    2004-01-01

    The paper describes the fabrication of polypyrrole (PPy) microstructures through patterned self-assembled film guided electrodeposition. Thus the patterned self-assembled monolayer is prepared by microcontact printing (μCP) and used as the template in the electrodeposition of PPy. It has been found that the self-assembled monolayer plays completely different roles on different substrates in directing the deposition of the PPy. Namely, the electrodeposition mainly occurs on the exposed area of the gold substrates patterned with dodecanethiol (DDT) and octadecanelthiol (ODT) and on the indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate patterned with octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS), while PPy nucleates on the OTS covered area and no deposition is found on the exposed area of a semiconductor substrate (silicon). This is attributed to the cooperative effect between the substrate conductivity and the compatibility of the PPy oligomer with the covered or exposed area of the substrate surface.

  5. Wafer-scale self-assembled plasmonic thin films

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    Plasmonic films have become important for many applications including photonics, energy conversion, and chemical sensing, but the fabrication of these films often requires special equipment, great care, and skill. Colloidal metal nanoparticles offer an alternative as they have been shown to self-assemble into highly-ordered monolayer films by the simple and inexpensive technique of drop casting. Using this technique, we fabricated wafer-scale films of highly-ordered 6 nm Au nanoparticles and evaluated them as candidates for plasmonic applications. These colloidal films were found to support uniform and high-quality plasmon modes over the entire area of the wafer. A combination of microscopy and spectroscopy was used to evaluate and correlate the structural and optical qualities of the films. Electron and atomic force microscopy showed that the nanoscale structure of the films was compact and highly ordered, with few defects or bilayers. Spectroscopic ellipsometry showed that the majority of the film was optically quite uniform with some bilayer patches and voids. These were subsequently confirmed by microscopy. Optical analysis of the thin film showed a prominent plasmon resonance band across the entire wafer. The plasmon frequency was quite insensitive to the presence of voids or bilayers. The width of the plasmon band was more sensitive to bilayers, however, and was found to be as much as 15% wider than in monolayer regions. These results indicate that self-assembled colloidal thin films should be suitable for large-scale plasmonic applications.

  6. Wafer-scale self-assembled plasmonic thin films

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    Desireddy, Anil; Joshi, Chakra P. [Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Sestak, Michelle; Little, Scott [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Kumar, Santosh [Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Podraza, Nikolas J.; Marsillac, Sylvain; Collins, Robert W. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Bigioni, Terry P., E-mail: Terry.Bigioni@utoledo.edu [Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)

    2011-07-01

    Plasmonic films have become important for many applications including photonics, energy conversion, and chemical sensing, but the fabrication of these films often requires special equipment, great care, and skill. Colloidal metal nanoparticles offer an alternative as they have been shown to self-assemble into highly-ordered monolayer films by the simple and inexpensive technique of drop casting. Using this technique, we fabricated wafer-scale films of highly-ordered 6 nm Au nanoparticles and evaluated them as candidates for plasmonic applications. These colloidal films were found to support uniform and high-quality plasmon modes over the entire area of the wafer. A combination of microscopy and spectroscopy was used to evaluate and correlate the structural and optical qualities of the films. Electron and atomic force microscopy showed that the nanoscale structure of the films was compact and highly ordered, with few defects or bilayers. Spectroscopic ellipsometry showed that the majority of the film was optically quite uniform with some bilayer patches and voids. These were subsequently confirmed by microscopy. Optical analysis of the thin film showed a prominent plasmon resonance band across the entire wafer. The plasmon frequency was quite insensitive to the presence of voids or bilayers. The width of the plasmon band was more sensitive to bilayers, however, and was found to be as much as 15% wider than in monolayer regions. These results indicate that self-assembled colloidal thin films should be suitable for large-scale plasmonic applications.

  7. From self-assembled vesicles to protocells.

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    Chen, Irene A; Walde, Peter

    2010-07-01

    Self-assembled vesicles are essential components of primitive cells. We review the importance of vesicles during the origins of life, fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, and experimental models of simple vesicles, focusing on prebiotically plausible fatty acids and their derivatives. We review recent work on interactions of simple vesicles with RNA and other studies of the transition from vesicles to protocells. Finally we discuss current challenges in understanding the biophysics of protocells, as well as conceptual questions in information transmission and self-replication. PMID:20519344

  8. Remote control of self-assembled microswimmers

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    Grosjean, Galien; Darras, Alexis; Hubert, Maxime; Lumay, Geoffroy; Vandewalle, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Physics governing the locomotion of microorganisms and other microsystems is dominated by viscous damping. An effective swimming strategy involves the non-reciprocal and periodic deformations of the considered body. Here, we show that a magnetocapillary-driven self-assembly, composed of three soft ferromagnetic beads, is able to swim along a liquid-air interface when powered by an external magnetic field. More importantly, we demonstrate that trajectories can be fully controlled, opening ways to explore low Reynolds number swimming. This magnetocapillary system spontaneously forms by self-assembly, allowing miniaturization and other possible applications such as cargo transport or solvent flows.

  9. Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing

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    Raymond, David W.

    2016-09-27

    Self-assembling segmented coiled tubing is a concept that allows the strength of thick-wall rigid pipe, and the flexibility of thin-wall tubing, to be realized in a single design. The primary use is for a drillstring tubular, but it has potential for other applications requiring transmission of mechanical loads (forces and torques) through an initially coiled tubular. The concept uses a spring-loaded spherical `ball-and-socket` type joint to interconnect two or more short, rigid segments of pipe. Use of an optional snap ring allows the joint to be permanently made, in a `self-assembling` manner.

  10. Facile synthesis of new nano sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction by self assembling of bis-(2,4,4-trimethyl pentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag core-shell nanoparticles: Characterization and application

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    Tahmasebi, Elham [Department of Chemistry, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-175, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yamini, Yadollah, E-mail: yyamini@modares.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-175, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-12-05

    Graphical abstract: Self assembling of bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag core-shell nanoparticles and application of it for solid phase extraction of PAHs. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction of PAHs was introduced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silver was coated on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (MNPs) by reduction of AgNO{sub 3} with NaBH{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid self-assembled on silver coated MNPs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Size, morphology, composition and properties of the nanoparticles were characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extraction efficiency of the sorbent was investigated by extraction of five PAHs. - Abstract: A novel sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction by self-assembling of organosulfur compound, (bis-(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)-dithiophosphinic acid), onto the silver-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was introduced. Due to the formation of covalent bond of S-Ag, the new coating on the silver surface was very stable and showed high thermal stability (up to 320 Degree-Sign C). The size, morphology, composition, and properties of the prepared nanoparticles have also been characterized and determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Extraction efficiency of the new sorbent was investigated by extraction of five polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as model compounds. The optimum extraction conditions for PAHs were obtained as of extraction time, 20 min; 50 mg sorbent from 100 mL of the sample solution, and elution with 100 {mu}L of 1-propanol under fierce vortex for 2 min. Under the optimal conditions, the calibration curves were obtained in the range of 0.05-100 {mu}g L{sup -1} (R{sup 2} > 0.9980) and the

  11. Self-assembled light-harvesting peptide nanotubes for mimicking natural photosynthesis.

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    Kim, Jae Hong; Lee, Minah; Lee, Joon Seok; Park, Chan Beum

    2012-01-01

    Light-harvesting peptide nanotubes are synthesized by the self-assembly of diphenylalanine with THPP and platinum nanoparticles (nPt; see picture; TEOA = triethanolamine). The light-harvesting peptide nanotubes are suitable for mimicking photosynthesis because of their structure and electrochemical properties that are similar to the ones of photosystem I in natural photosynthesis. PMID:21976303

  12. Self-assembly of Carboxyl Functionalized Polystyrene Nanospheres into Close-packed Monolayers via Chemical Adsorption

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    LI,Zhi-Wei(李志伟); ZHOU,Jing-Fang(周静芳); ZHANG,Zhi-Jun(张治军); DANG,Hong-Xin(党鸿辛)

    2004-01-01

    The polyacrylic acid functionalized polystyrene nanospheres were synthesized and self-assembled into irregular,densely packed monolayers in non-aqueous media. The polymer nanoparticles were chemically adhered to substrates. The morphologies of the resulting films were investigated. The impact of the volume fraction of alcohol in the mixed solvents on the particle adsorption and fabrication of nanosphere assembled films was examined.

  13. Electrostatic Interactions and Self-Assembly in Polymeric Systems

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    Dobrynin, Andrey

    Electrostatic interactions between macroions play an important role in different areas ranging from materials science to biophysics. They are main driving forces behind layer-by-layer assembly technique that allows self-assembly of multilayer films from synthetic polyelectrolytes, DNA, proteins and nanoparticles. They are responsible for complexation and reversible gelation between polyelectrolytes and proteins. In this talk, using results of the molecular dynamics simulations and analytical calculations, I will demonstrate what effect electrostatic interactions, counterion condensation and polymer solvent affinity have on a collapse of polyelectrolyte chain in a poor solvent conditions for the polymer backbone, on complexations and reversible gelation between polyelectrolytes and polyamholytes (unstructured proteins), on microphase separation transitions in spherical and planar charged brushes, and on a layer-by-layer assembly of charged nanoparticles and linear polyelectrolytes on charged surfaces. NSF DMR-1004576 DMR-1409710.

  14. Lithographically-directed self-assembly of nanostructures

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    Liddle, J. Alexander; Cui, Yi; Alivisatos, Paul

    2004-09-21

    The combination of lithography and self-assembly provides apowerful means of organizing solution-synthesized nanostructures for awide variety of applications. We have developed a fluidic assembly methodthat relies on the local pinning of a moving liquid contact line bylithographically produced topographic features to concentratenanoparticles at those features. The final stages of the assembly processare controlled first by long-range immersion capillary forces and then bythe short-range electrostatic and Van der Waal's interactions. We havesuccessfully assembled nanoparticles from 50 nm to 2 nm in size usingthis technique and have also demonstrated the controlled positioning ofmore complex nanotetrapod structures. We have used this process toassemble Au nanoparticles into pre-patterned electrode structures andhave performed preliminary electrical characterization of the devices soformed. The fluidic assembly method is capable of very high yield, interms of positioning nanostructures at each lithographically-definedlocation, and of excellent specificity, with essentially no particledeposition between features.

  15. Self-assembled tunable photonic hyper-crystals

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    Smolyaninova, Vera N; Lahneman, David; Narimanov, Evgenii E; Smolyaninov, Igor I

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel artificial optical material, a photonic hyper-crystal, which combines the most interesting features of hyperbolic metamaterials and photonic crystals. Similar to hyperbolic metamaterials, photonic hyper-crystals exhibit broadband divergence in their photonic density of states due to the lack of usual diffraction limit on the photon wave vector. On the other hand, similar to photonic crystals, hyperbolic dispersion law of extraordinary photons is modulated by forbidden gaps near the boundaries of photonic Brillouin zones. Three dimensional self-assembly of photonic hyper-crystals has been achieved by application of external magnetic field to a cobalt nanoparticle-based ferrofluid. Unique spectral properties of photonic hyper-crystals lead to extreme sensitivity of the material to monolayer coatings of cobalt nanoparticles, which should find numerous applications in biological and chemical sensing.

  16. Self-assembly micro optical filter

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    Zhang, Ping (Cerina); Le, Kevin; Malalur-Nagaraja-Rao, Smitha; Hsu, Lun-Chen; Chiao, J.-C.

    2006-01-01

    Optical communication and sensor industry face critical challenges in manufacturing for system integration. Due to the assembly complexity and integration platform variety, micro optical components require costly alignment and assembly procedures, in which many required manual efforts. Consequently, self-assembly device architectures have become a great interest and could provide major advantages over the conventional optical devices. In this paper, we discussed a self-assembly integration platform for micro optical components. To demonstrate the adaptability and flexibility of the proposed optical device architectures, we chose a commercially available MEMS fabrication foundry service - MUMPs (Multi-User MEMS Process). In this work, polysilicon layers of MUMPS are used as the 3-D structural material for construction of micro component framework and actuators. However, because the polysilicon has high absorption in the visible and near infrared wavelength ranges, it is not suitable for optical interaction. To demonstrate the required optical performance, hybrid integration of materials was proposed and implemented. Organic compound materials were applied on the silicon-based framework to form the required optical interfaces. Organic compounds provide good optical transparency, flexibility to form filters or lens and inexpensive manufacturing procedures. In this paper, we have demonstrated a micro optical filter integrated with self-assembly structures. We will discuss the self-assembly mechanism, optical filter designs, fabrication issues and results.

  17. [INVITED] Self-assembled optical metamaterials

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    Baron, Alexandre; Aradian, Ashod; Ponsinet, Virginie; Barois, Philippe

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled metamaterials constitute a promising platform to achieving bulk and homogenous optical materials that exhibit unusual effective medium properties. For many years now, the research community has contemplated lithographically fabricated metasurfaces, with extraordinary optical features. However, achieving large volumes at low cost is still a challenge by top-down fabrication. Bottom-up fabrication, that relies both on nanochemistry and self-assembly, is capable of building such materials while greatly reducing the energy footprint in the formulation of the metamaterial. Self-assembled metamaterials have shown that they are capable of reaching unprecedented values of bulkiness and homogeneity figures of merit. This feat is achieved by synthesizing plasmonic nanoresonators (meta-atoms in the sense of artificial polarizable units) and assembling them into a fully three-dimensional matrix through a variety of methods. Furthermore it has been shown that a wide range of material parameters can be tailored by controlling the geometry and composition of the meta-atoms as well as the volume fraction of the nano-objects in the metamaterial. Here we conduct a non-comprehensive review of some of the recent trends in self-assembled optical metamaterials and illustrate these trends with our recent work.

  18. Bola-amphiphile self-assembly

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    Svaneborg, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    Bola-amphiphiles are rod-like molecules where both ends of the molecule likes contact with water, while the central part of the molecule dislikes contact with water. What do such molecules do when they are dissolved in water? They self-assemble into micelles. This is a Dissipartive particle dynam...

  19. Functional materials of self-assembled compounds

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    Hameren, R. van

    2010-01-01

    The research described in the thesis entitled “Functional materials of self-assembled compounds” has been carried out at the interface of physics and chemistry, with the aim to explore new scientific opportunities and develop new applications. The research mainly focuses on porphyrins, chromophoric

  20. DNA addition using linear self-assembly

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    ZHAO Jian; QIAN LuLu; LIU Qiang; ZHANG ZhiZhou; HE Lin

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a DNA algorithm which adds two nonnegative binary integers using self-assembly in constant steps. The approach has the benefit of greater experimental simplicity when compared with previous DNA addition algorithms. For the addition of two binary n-bit integers, O(n) is different from DNA strands and only O(1) biochemical experimental procedures are required.

  1. Combustion and self-assembly of nanoenergetic materials

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    Malchi, Jonathan Yaniv

    The recent worldwide interest in nanotechnology spans a wide variety of scientific fields such as electronics, biology, materials science and medicine. Because of their extremely small dimensions, nanoparticles demonstrate properties different from matter at larger scales. Understanding these unusual properties and utilizing them for macroscale devices is an overall goal for nanotechnology. Moreover, manipulating these small particles into organized structures is crucial for taking full advantage of what nanotechnology has to offer, however it has proven to be a difficult task. Recent work utilizing electrostatic forces shows great potential for the self-assembly of nanoparticles into organized two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures. Overall, this work examines how nanotechnology and self-assembly can benefit the field of energetic materials. Because of aluminum's high energy density and low cost, it has been used in the field of energetic materials for several decades. In order to achieve sufficient energy release rates, aluminum is typically manufactured as a powder having spherical particles with diameters on the micron scale. It is well-known that decreasing the original particle diameter of a fuel particle will increase the burning time and, thus, energy release rate. Therefore, aluminum particles have recently been made to have diameters on the nanoscale, and shown to be advantageous for several applications. The combustion of nanoaluminum (nAl) in various systems is the primary focus of this study. A progression of experiments is used to analyze the combustion of nAl: (1) a fully heterogeneous flame spread system, (2) a semi-homogeneous sonicated thermite system and (3) a quasi-homogeneous self-assembled thermite system. The flame spread experiment physically separates the nAl from the gaseous oxidizer allowing for a well-understood convective, diffusive, reactive system to be analyzed. Because of the simplicity of the experimental setup, variables

  2. Self-assembled nanolaminate coatings (SV)

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    Fan, H.

    2012-03-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) are collaborating to develop affordable, self-assembled, nanocomposite coatings and associated fabrication processes that will be tailored to Lockheed Martin product requirements. The purpose of this project is to develop a family of self-assembled coatings with properties tailored to specific performance requirements, such as antireflective (AR) optics, using Sandia-developed self-assembled techniques. The project met its objectives by development of a simple and economic self-assembly processes to fabricate multifunctional coatings. Specifically, materials, functionalization methods, and associated coating processes for single layer and multiple layers coatings have been developed to accomplish high reflective coatings, hydrophobic coatings, and anti-reflective coatings. Associated modeling and simulations have been developed to guide the coating designs for optimum optical performance. The accomplishments result in significant advantages of reduced costs, increased manufacturing freedom/producibility, improved logistics, and the incorporation of new technology solutions not possible with conventional technologies. These self-assembled coatings with tailored properties will significantly address LMC's needs and give LMC a significant competitive lead in new engineered materials. This work complements SNL's LDRD and BES programs aimed at developing multifunctional nanomaterials for microelectronics and optics as well as structure/property investigations of self-assembled nanomaterials. In addition, this project will provide SNL with new opportunities to develop and apply self-assembled nanocomposite optical coatings for use in the wavelength ranges of 3-5 and 8-12 micrometers, ranges of vital importance to military-based sensors and weapons. The SANC technologies will be applied to multiple programs within the LM Company including the F-35, F-22, ADP (Future Strike Bomber

  3. Self-assembly of azide containing dipeptides.

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    Yuran, Sivan; Razvag, Yair; Das, Priyadip; Reches, Meital

    2014-07-01

    Functional structures and materials are formed spontaneously in nature through the process of self-assembly. Mimicking this process in vitro will lead to the formation of new substances that would impact many areas including energy production and storage, biomaterials and implants, and drug delivery. The considerable structural diversity of peptides makes them appealing building blocks for self-assembly in vitro. This paper describes the self-assembly of three aromatic dipeptides containing an azide moiety: H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH, H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe-OH, and H-Phe-Phe(4-azido)-OH. The peptide H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH self-assembled into porous spherical structures, whereas the peptides H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe-OH and H-Phe-Phe(4-azido)-OH did not form any ordered structures under the examined experimental conditions. The azido group of the peptide can serve as a photo cross-linking agent upon irradiation with UV light. To examine the effect of this group and its activity on the self-assembled structures, we irradiated the assemblies in solution for different time periods. Using electron microscopy, we determined that the porous spherical assemblies formed by the peptide H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH underwent a structural change upon irradiation. In addition, using FT-IR, we detected the chemical change of the peptide azido group. Moreover, using indentation experiments with atomic force microscopy, we showed that the Young's modulus of the spherical assemblies increased after 20 min of irradiation with UV light. Overall, irradiating the solution of the peptide assemblies containing the azido group resulted in a change both in the morphology and mechanical properties of the peptide-based structures. These ordered assemblies or their peptide monomer building blocks can potentially be incorporated into other peptide assemblies to generate stiffer and more stable materials. PMID:24889029

  4. Self-assembling Behavior of Amphiphilic Copolymer Containing Cross-linked Hydrophilic Block in Ethanol

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    2007-01-01

    The self-assembly behavior of the amphiphilic block copolymer poly( methyl methacrylate)-block-poly( lead dimethacrylate) (PMMA-b-PLDMA) with cross-linked hydrophilic block (PLDMA) in ethanol was investigated. The results show that the size and morphology of the resulting micelle or micellar aggregates are ascribed to the content of ethanol and the nature of the solvent mixture. PbS nanoparticles were formed in the micelle by in situ reaction with H2S gas. The morphology and size of the self-assembly objects were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  5. Fabrication of nanostructure via self-assembly of nanowires within the AAO template

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThe novel nanostructures are fabricated by the spatial chemical modification of nanowires within the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template. To make the nanowires better dispersion in the aqueous solution, the copper is first deposited to fill the dendrite structure at the bottom of template. During the process of self-assembly, the dithiol compound was used as the connector between the nanowires and nanoparticles by a self-assembly method. The nanostructures of the nano cigars and structure which is containing particles junction are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. These kinds of novel nanostructure will be the building blocks for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.

  6. Investigating self-assembly and metal nanoclusters in aqueous di-block copolymers solutions

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    Lo Celso, F; Triolo, R; Triolo, A; Strunz, P; Bronstein, L; Zwanziger, J; Lin, J S

    2002-01-01

    Self-assembling properties of di-block copolymers/ surfactant hybrids in aqueous solution can be exploited to obtain metal nanoparticles stable dispersion. Results will be presented here for polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) solutions. A SANS structural investigation has been performed over different molecular weights of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic block, by varying temperature and concentration of the copolymer. A SAXS characterization of micellar systems containing Pt nanoparticles is reported. (orig.)

  7. Biological colloid engineering: Self-assembly of dipolar ferromagnetic chains in a functionalized biogenic ferrofluid

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    Ruder, Warren C.; Hsu, Chia-Pei D.; Edelman, Brent D.; Schwartz, Russell; Leduc, Philip R.

    2012-01-01

    We have studied the dynamic behavior of nanoparticles in ferrofluids consisting of single-domain, biogenic magnetite (Fe3O4) isolated from Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum (MS-1). Although dipolar chains form in magnetic colloids in zero applied field, when dried upon substrates, the solvent front disorders nanoparticle aggregation. Using avidin-biotin functionalization of the particles and substrate, we generated self-assembled, linear chain motifs that resist solvent front disruption in zer...

  8. Self-assembly of doped semiconductor nanocrystals leading to the formation of highly luminescent nanorods

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    Meso-scale self-assembly of doped semiconductor nanocrystals leading to the formation of monocrystalline nanorods showing enhanced photo- and electro-luminescence properties are reported. Polycrystalline ZnS: Cu+-Al3+ nanoparticles of zinc-blended (cubic) structure with an average size of ∼4 nm were aggregated in aqueous solution and grown into nanorods of length ∼400 nm and aspect ratio ∼12. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images indicate crystal growth mechanisms involving particle-to-particle oriented-attachment assisted by sulphur-sulphur catenation leading to covalent-linkage. The nanorods exhibit self-assembly dependant luminescence properties such as quenching of the lattice defect-related emissions accompanied by enhancement of dopant-related emission, efficient low-voltage electroluminescence (EL) and super-linear voltage-brightness EL characteristics. This study demonstrates the technological importance of aggregation based self-assembly in doped semiconductor nanosystems

  9. Self-assembly of doped semiconductor nanocrystals leading to the formation of highly luminescent nanorods

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    Manzoor, K.; Aditya, V.; Vadera, S. R.; Kumar, N.; Kutty, T. R. N.

    2006-03-01

    Meso-scale self-assembly of doped semiconductor nanocrystals leading to the formation of monocrystalline nanorods showing enhanced photo- and electro-luminescence properties are reported. Polycrystalline ZnS: Cu +-Al 3+ nanoparticles of zinc-blended (cubic) structure with an average size of ˜4 nm were aggregated in aqueous solution and grown into nanorods of length ˜400 nm and aspect ratio ˜12. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images indicate crystal growth mechanisms involving particle-to-particle oriented-attachment assisted by sulphur-sulphur catenation leading to covalent-linkage. The nanorods exhibit self-assembly dependant luminescence properties such as quenching of the lattice defect-related emissions accompanied by enhancement of dopant-related emission, efficient low-voltage electroluminescence (EL) and super-linear voltage-brightness EL characteristics. This study demonstrates the technological importance of aggregation based self-assembly in doped semiconductor nanosystems.

  10. A route to self-assemble suspended DNA nano-complexes

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    Lansac, Yves; Degrouard, Jeril; Renouard, Madalena; Toma, Adriana C.; Livolant, Françoise; Raspaud, Eric

    2016-02-01

    Highly charged polyelectrolytes can self-assemble in presence of condensing agents such as multivalent cations, amphiphilic molecules or proteins of opposite charge. Aside precipitation, the formation of soluble micro- and nano-particles has been reported in multiple systems. However a precise control of experimental conditions needed to achieve the desired structures has been so far hampered by the extreme sensitivity of the samples to formulation pathways. Herein we combine experiments and molecular modelling to investigate the detailed microscopic dynamics and the structure of self-assembled hexagonal bundles made of short dsDNA fragments complexed with small basic proteins. We suggest that inhomogeneous mixing conditions are required to form and stabilize charged self-assembled nano-aggregates in large excess of DNA. Our results should help re-interpreting puzzling behaviors reported for a large class of strongly charged polyelectrolyte systems.

  11. Self-Assembly of Porphyrin J-Aggregates

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    Snitka, Valentinas; Rackaitis, Mindaugas; Navickaite, Gintare

    2006-03-01

    The porphyrin nanotubes were built by ionic self-assembly of two oppositely charged porphyrins in aqueous solution. The porphyrins in the acid aqueous solution self-assemble into J-aggregates, wheels or other structures. The electrostatic forces between these porphyrin blocks contribute to the formation of porphyrin aggregates in the form of nanotubes, enhance the structural stability of these nanostructures. The nanotubes were composed mixing aqueous solutions of the two porphyrins - anionic Meso-tetra(4- sulfonatophrnyl)porhine dihydrochloride (TPPS4) and cationic Meso-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphine (T4MPyP). The porphyrin nanotubes obtained are hollow structures with the length of 300 nm and diameter 50 nm. Photocatalytic porphyrins are used to reduce metal complexes from aqueous solution and to control the deposition of Au from AuHCl4 and Au nanoparticles colloid solutions onto porphyrin nanotubes. Porphyrin nanotubes are shown to reduce metal complexes and deposit the metal selectively onto the inner or outer surface of the tubes, leading to nanotube-metal composite structures.

  12. Self-assembling membranes and related methods thereof

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    Capito, Ramille M; Azevedo, Helena S; Stupp, Samuel L

    2013-08-20

    The present invention relates to self-assembling membranes. In particular, the present invention provides self-assembling membranes configured for securing and/or delivering bioactive agents. In some embodiments, the self-assembling membranes are used in the treatment of diseases, and related methods (e.g., diagnostic methods, research methods, drug screening).

  13. Ternary self-assemblies in water

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    Hill, Leila R.; Blackburn, Octavia A.; Jones, Michael W.;

    2013-01-01

    The self-assembly of higher order structures in water is realised by using the association of 1,3-biscarboxylates to binuclear meta-xylyl bridged DO3A complexes. Two dinicotinate binding sites are placed at a right-angle in a rhenium complex, which is shown to form a 1 : 2 complex with α,α'-bis(E......The self-assembly of higher order structures in water is realised by using the association of 1,3-biscarboxylates to binuclear meta-xylyl bridged DO3A complexes. Two dinicotinate binding sites are placed at a right-angle in a rhenium complex, which is shown to form a 1 : 2 complex with α...

  14. Dissipative self-assembly of vesicular nanoreactors.

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    Maiti, Subhabrata; Fortunati, Ilaria; Ferrante, Camilla; Scrimin, Paolo; Prins, Leonard J

    2016-07-01

    Dissipative self-assembly is exploited by nature to control important biological functions, such as cell division, motility and signal transduction. The ability to construct synthetic supramolecular assemblies that require the continuous consumption of energy to remain in the functional state is an essential premise for the design of synthetic systems with lifelike properties. Here, we show a new strategy for the dissipative self-assembly of functional supramolecular structures with high structural complexity. It relies on the transient stabilization of vesicles through noncovalent interactions between the surfactants and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which acts as the chemical fuel. It is shown that the lifetime of the vesicles can be regulated by controlling the hydrolysis rate of ATP. The vesicles sustain a chemical reaction but only as long as chemical fuel is present to keep the system in the out-of-equilibrium state. The lifetime of the vesicles determines the amount of reaction product produced by the system. PMID:27325101

  15. Controlling and imaging biomimetic self-assembly

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    Aliprandi, Alessandro; Mauro, Matteo; de Cola, Luisa

    2016-01-01

    The self-assembly of chemical entities represents a very attractive way to create a large variety of ordered functional structures and complex matter. Although much effort has been devoted to the preparation of supramolecular nanostructures based on different chemical building blocks, an understanding of the mechanisms at play and the ability to monitor assembly processes and, in turn, control them are often elusive, which precludes a deep and comprehensive control of the final structures. Here the complex supramolecular landscape of a platinum(II) compound is characterized fully and controlled successfully through a combination of supramolecular and photochemical approaches. The supramolecular assemblies comprise two kinetic assemblies and their thermodynamic counterpart. The monitoring of the different emission properties of the aggregates, used as a fingerprint for each species, allows the real-time visualization of the evolving self-assemblies. The control of multiple supramolecular pathways will help the design of complex systems in and out of their thermodynamic equilibrium.

  16. Self-assembly of chlorophenols in water

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    Rogalska, Ewa; Rogalski, Marek; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz; Gulik, Annette; Chipot, Christophe

    1999-01-01

    In saturated solutions of some di- and trichlorophenols, structures with complex morphologies, consisting of thin, transparent sheets often coiling into helices and ultimately twisting into filaments, were observed under the optical microscope. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, phase diagrams, and molecular modeling were performed to elucidate the observed phenomena. Here, we present evidence that the chlorophenols studied, when interacting with water, self-assemble into...

  17. Templated Self Assemble of Nano-Structures

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    Suo, Zhigang [Harvard University

    2013-04-29

    This project will identify and model mechanisms that template the self-assembly of nanostructures. We focus on a class of systems involving a two-phase monolayer of molecules adsorbed on a solid surface. At a suitably elevated temperature, the molecules diffuse on the surface to reduce the combined free energy of mixing, phase boundary, elastic field, and electrostatic field. With no template, the phases may form a pattern of stripes or disks. The feature size is on the order of 1-100 nm, selected to compromise the phase boundary energy and the long-range elastic or electrostatic interaction. Both experimental observations and our theoretical simulations have shown that the pattern resembles a periodic lattice, but has abundant imperfections. To form a perfect periodic pattern, or a designed aperiodic pattern, one must introduce a template to guide the assembly. For example, a coarse-scale pattern, lithographically defined on the substrate, will guide the assembly of the nanoscale pattern. As another example, if the molecules on the substrate surface carry strong electric dipoles, a charged object, placed in the space above the monolayer, will guide the assembly of the molecular dipoles. In particular, the charged object can be a mask with a designed nanoscale topographic pattern. A serial process (e.g., e-beam lithography) is necessary to make the mask, but the pattern transfer to the molecules on the substrate is a parallel process. The technique is potentially a high throughput, low cost process to pattern a monolayer. The monolayer pattern itself may serve as a template to fabricate a functional structure. This project will model fundamental aspects of these processes, including thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, templated self-assembly, and self-assembly on unconventional substrates. It is envisioned that the theory will not only explain the available experimental observations, but also motivate new experiments.

  18. Self-Assembly of Information in Networks

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    Rosvall, M.; K. Sneppen

    2006-01-01

    We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication-pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in h...

  19. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    King, B. V.; Savina, M. R.; Tripa, C. E.; Calaway, W. F.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Moore, J. F.; Pellin, M. J.

    2002-05-01

    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide.

  20. Polymer Self-assembly on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Giulianini, Michele; Motta, Nunzio

    This chapter analyses the poly(3-hexylthiophene) self-assembly on carbon nanotubes and the interaction between the two materials forming a new hybrid nanostructure. The chapter starts with a review of the several studies investigating polymers and biomolecules self-assembled on nanotubes. Then conducting polymers and polythiophenes are briefly introduced. Accordingly, carbon nanotube structure and properties are reported in Sect. 3. The experimental section starts with the bulk characterisation of polymer thin films with the inclusion of uniformly distributed carbon nanotubes. By using volume film analysis techniques (AFM, TEM, UV-Vis and Raman), we show how the polymer's higher degree of order is a direct consequence of interaction with carbon nanotubes. Nevertheless, it is through the use of nanoscale analysis and molecular dynamic simulations that the self-assembly of the polymer on the nanotube surface can be clearly evidenced and characterised. In Sect. 6, the effect of the carbon templating structure on the P3HT organisation on the surface is investigated, showing the chirality-driven polymer assembly on the carbon nanotube surface. The interaction between P3HT and CNTs brings also to charge transfer, with the modification of physical properties for both species. In particular, the alteration of the polymer electronic properties and the modification of the nanotube mechanical structure are a direct consequence of the P3HT π-π stacking on the nanotube surface. Finally, some considerations based on molecular dynamics studies are reported in order to confirm and support the experimental results discussed.

  1. Formal Verification of Self-Assembling Systems

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    Sterling, Aaron

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces the theory and practice of formal verification of self-assembling systems. We interpret a well-studied abstraction of nanomolecular self assembly, the Abstract Tile Assembly Model (aTAM), into Computation Tree Logic (CTL), a temporal logic often used in model checking. We then consider the class of "rectilinear" tile assembly systems. This class includes most aTAM systems studied in the theoretical literature, and all (algorithmic) DNA tile self-assembling systems that have been realized in laboratories to date. We present a polynomial-time algorithm that, given a tile assembly system T as input, either provides a counterexample to T's rectilinearity or verifies whether T has a unique terminal assembly. Using partial order reductions, the verification search space for this algorithm is reduced from exponential size to O(n^2), where n x n is the size of the assembly surface. That reduction is asymptotically the best possible. We report on experimental results obtained by translating tile ...

  2. Differential self-assembly behaviors of cyclic and linear peptides.

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    Choi, Sung-ju; Jeong, Woo-jin; Kang, Seong-Kyun; Lee, Myongsoo; Kim, Eunhye; Ryu, Du Yeol; Lim, Yong-beom

    2012-07-01

    Here we ask the fundamental questions about the effect of peptide topology on self-assembly. The study revealed that the self-assembling behaviors of cyclic and linear peptides are significantly different in several respects, in addition to sharing several similarities. Their clear differences included the morphological dissimilarities of the self-assembled nanostructures and their thermal stability. The similarities include their analogous critical aggregation concentration values and cytotoxicity profiles, which are in fact closely related. We believe that understanding topology-dependent self-assembly behavior of peptides is important for developing tailor-made self-assembled peptide nanostructures.

  3. Self-assembled biomimetic nanoreactors I: Polymeric template

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    McTaggart, Matt; Malardier-Jugroot, Cecile; Jugroot, Manish

    2015-09-01

    The variety of nanoarchitectures made feasible by the self-assembly of alternating copolymers opens new avenues for biomimicry. Indeed, self-assembled structures allow the development of nanoreactors which combine the efficiency of high surface area metal active centres to the effect of confinement due to the very small cavities generated by the self-assembly process. A novel self-assembly of high molecular weight alternating copolymers is characterized in the present study. The self-assembly is shown to organize into nanosheets, providing a 2 nm hydrophobic cavity with a 1D confinement.

  4. Supercooling Self-Assembly of Magnetic Shelled Core/Shell Supraparticles.

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    Zheng, Xiaotong; Yan, Bingyun; Wu, Fengluan; Zhang, Jinlong; Qu, Shuxin; Zhou, Shaobing; Weng, Jie

    2016-09-14

    Molecular self-assembly has emerged as a powerful technique for controlling the structure and properties of core/shell structured supraparticles. However, drug-loading capacities and therapeutic effects of self-assembled magnetic core/shell nanocarriers with magnetic nanoparticles in the core are limited by the intervention of the outer organic or inorganic shell, the aggregation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles, the narrowed inner cavity, etc. Here, we present a self-assembly approach based on rebalancing hydrogen bonds between components under a supercooling process to form a new core/shell nanoscale supraparticle with magnetic nanoparticles as the shell and a polysaccharide as a core. Compared with conventional iron oxide nanoparticles, this magnetic shelled core/shell nanoparticle possesses an optimized inner cavity and a loss-free outer magnetic property. Furthermore, we find that the drug-loaded magnetic shelled nanocarriers showed interesting in vitro release behaviors at different pH conditions, including "swelling-broken", "dissociating-broken", and "bursting-broken" modes. Our experiments demonstrate the novel design of the multifunctional hybrid nanostructure and provide a considerable potential for the biomedical applications.

  5. The Application of Thin Film Ionic Self-assembled Multilayer (ISAM) Nanostructures in Electromechanical Bending Actuators and Micro-fabricated Gas Chromatography (uGC) Devices

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    Wang, Dong

    2015-01-01

    Ionic self-assembled multilayer (ISAM) thin film nanostructures, including highly porous and conductive gold nanoparticles (GNP), and highly porous and thermally stable silica nanoparticles (SNP), were fabricated via the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique. Their application in ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) electromechanical bending actuators and microfabricated gas chromatography (microGC) devices were investigated and significant performance improvements of these devices wer...

  6. Self-assembled platinum nanochains based on octreotide acetate

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    Zhao, Xiaoning; Gao, Dawei, E-mail: dwgao@ysu.edu.cn; Gao, Faming, E-mail: fmgao@ysu.edu.cn; Li, Na; Zhou, Jing [Yanshan University, Applying Chemistry Key Lab of Hebei Province (China); Hao, Jikui [Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (United States)

    2013-09-15

    Biological scaffolds are used for the synthesis of inorganic materials due to their ability to self-assemble and nucleate crystal formation. We reported a facile method for preparing self-assembled Pt nanochains by using octreotide acetate (AOC) as bio-template in aqueous environment. The influence of solution pH was examined to define the optimal conditions for the formation of the AOC bio-templated Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) arrays, the AOC has diameter about 55 nm at pH 2.0, for comparison, at pH 9.0, the diameter of AOC is about 25 nm. After 24-h incubation of AOC (pH 2.0) with PtCl{sub 4} and chemical reduction with borane-dimethyl-amine, uniform platinum nanoparticles (mean diameter 2.5 {+-} 0.5 nm) directed by AOC were formed. Preliminary characterizations of the synthesized PtNPs were performed using transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and selected area of electron diffraction. The cytotoxicity of Pt/octreotide acetate complexes (PtNPs-AOC) and AOC was evaluated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT). The results indicated that the antiproliferative effect of PtNPs-AOC is as high as AOC. In addition, the nano-design architecture of the Pt particles plays a crucial role in a strong enhancement of the biological efficiency of radiations, making PtNPs-AOC a promising material for anticancer drug delivery in the future.

  7. Potential control of DNA self-assembly on gold electrode

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    The self-assembly monolayer (SAM) was prepared with 2-aminoethanethiol (AET) on the gold electrode.A new approach based on potential was first used to control DNA self-assembly covalently onto the SAM with the activation of 1-ethyl-3(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide (NHS). The influence of potential on DNA self-assembly was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV), AC impedance, Auger electron spectrometry (AES) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The result proves that controlled potential can affect the course of DNA self-assembly. More negative potential can restrain the DNA self-assembly, while more positive potential can accelerate the DNA self-assembly, which is of great significance for the control of DNA self-assembly and will find wide application in the field of DNA-based devices.

  8. Theoretical study of the morphology of self-assembled amphoteric oxide colloid nanocrystals in weak electrolyte solutions

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    Alfimov, A. V.; Aryslanova, E. M.; Chivilikhin, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    The present paper is devoted to the theoretical study of the morphology of nanocrystals formed through self-assembly of amphoteric oxide colloidal nanoparticles in weak electrolytes. A mathematical model of multi-particle colloidal interaction was developed within the framework of the Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, Overbeak (DLVO) theory. This model accounts for the surface charge regulation during the multi-particle interaction and reveals the presence of orientation effects during nanoparticle aggregation. These effects are presumed to affect the morphology of the self-assembled nanocrystals and may present the means of controlling the structure of synthesised nanomaterials.

  9. Self-assembled gold nanochains hybrid based on insulin fibrils

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    Zhang Longgai; Gao Faming, E-mail: fmgao@ysu.edu.cn [Yanshan University, Department of Applied Chemistry (China)

    2012-05-15

    We reported a facile method for preparing self-assembly gold nanochains by using insulin fibrils as biotemplate in aqueous environment. The gold nanochains hybrid nanostructures, which are insulin fibrils coated by gold nanoparticles, can be fabricated by simply reducing the salt precursors using DMAB. By increasing the molar ratio between salt precursors and insulin, denser hybrid nanochains can be obtained, meanwhile the mean diameter of gold nanoparticles is changing from 8 to 10 nm and then to 12 nm. The fabricated gold nanochains hybrid had helix structure, which was confirmed by circular dichroism spectra. The hybrid nanostructures were also investigated by transmission electron microscope, atomic force microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectra, and UV-Visible spectroscopy. As the wire-like structure become denser, the suspensions show color-changing, corresponding to the surface plasmon resonance red shift, which is attributed to the increasing mean size of nanoparticles. Based on the characterizations, a hypothetic mechanism was suggested to describe the formation processing of hybrid gold nanochains.

  10. Self-assembly of colloidal surfactants

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    Kegel, Willem

    2012-02-01

    We developed colloidal dumbbells with a rough and a smooth part, based on a method reported in Ref. [1]. Specific attraction between the smooth parts occurs upon addition of non-adsorbing polymers of appropriate size. We present the first results in terms of the assemblies that emerge in these systems. [4pt] [1] D.J. Kraft, W.S. Vlug, C.M. van Kats, A. van Blaaderen, A. Imhof and W.K. Kegel, Self-assembly of colloids with liquid protrusions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 1182, (2009)

  11. Self-Assembly of Information in Networks

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    Rosvall, M

    2006-01-01

    We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication-pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in hub-free networks is more robust against misinformation and failures.

  12. Biological colloid engineering: Self-assembly of dipolar ferromagnetic chains in a functionalized biogenic ferrofluid.

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    Ruder, Warren C; Hsu, Chia-Pei D; Edelman, Brent D; Schwartz, Russell; Leduc, Philip R

    2012-08-01

    We have studied the dynamic behavior of nanoparticles in ferrofluids consisting of single-domain, biogenic magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) isolated from Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum (MS-1). Although dipolar chains form in magnetic colloids in zero applied field, when dried upon substrates, the solvent front disorders nanoparticle aggregation. Using avidin-biotin functionalization of the particles and substrate, we generated self-assembled, linear chain motifs that resist solvent front disruption in zero-field. The engineered self-assembly process we describe here provides an approach for the creation of ordered magnetic structures that could impact fields ranging from micro-electro-mechanical systems development to magnetic imaging of biological structures. PMID:22952408

  13. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Metal-Ion- (Ag-, Co-, Ni-, and Pd- Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterisation, and Visible Light Degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Mphilisi M. Mahlambi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Metal-ion- (Ag, Co, Ni and Pd doped titania nanocatalysts were successfully deposited on glass slides by layer-by-layer (LbL self-assembly technique using a poly(styrene sulfonate sodium salt (PSS and poly(allylamine hydrochloride (PAH polyelectrolyte system. Solid diffuse reflectance (SDR studies showed a linear increase in absorbance at 416 nm with increase in the number of m-TiO2 thin films. The LbL assembled thin films were tested for their photocatalytic activity through the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light illumination. From the scanning electron microscope (SEM, the thin films had a porous morphology and the atomic force microscope (AFM studies showed “rough” surfaces. The porous and rough surface morphology resulted in high surface areas hence the high photocatalytic degradation (up to 97% over a 6.5 h irradiation period using visible-light observed. Increasing the number of multilayers deposited on the glass slides resulted in increased film thickness and an increased rate of photodegradation due to increase in the availability of more nanocatalysts (more sites for photodegradation. The LbL assembled thin films had strong adhesion properties which made them highly stable thus displaying the same efficiencies after five (5 reusability cycles.

  14. Self-Assemblies of novel molecules, VECAR

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    Shrestha, Bijay; Kim, Hye-Young; Lee, Soojin; Novak, Brian; Moldovan, Dorel

    2015-03-01

    VECAR is a newly synthesized molecule, which is an amphiphilic antioxidant molecule that consists of two molecular groups, vitamin-E and Carnosine, linked by a hydrocarbon chain. The hydrocarbon chain is hydrophobic and both vitamin-E and Carnosine ends are hydrophilic. In the synthesis process, the length of the hydrophobic chain of VECAR molecules can vary from the shortest (n =0) to the longest (n =18), where n indicates the number of carbon atoms in the chain. We conducted MD simulation studies of self-assembly of VECAR molecules in water using GROMACS on LONI HPC resources. Our study shows that there is a strong correlation between the shape and atomistic structure of the self-assembled nano-structures (SANs) and the chain-length (n) of VECAR molecules. We will report the results of data analyses including the atomistic structure of each SANs and the dynamic and energetic mechanisms of their formation as function of time. In summary, both VECAR molecules of chain-length n =18 and 9 form worm-like micelles, which may be used as a drug delivery system. This research is supported by the Louisiana Board of Regents-RCS Grant (LEQSF(2012-15)-RD-A-19).

  15. The determinism and boundedness of self-assembling structures

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    Tesoro, S

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembly processes are widespread in nature, and lie at the heart of many biological and physical phenomena. The characteristics of self-assembly building blocks determine the structures that they form. Among the most important of these properties are whether the self-assembly is deterministic or nondeterministic, and whether it is bound or unbound. The former tells us whether the same set of building blocks always generates the same structure, and the latter whether it grows indefinitely. These properties are highly relevant in the context of protein structures, as the difference between deterministic protein self-assembly and nondeterministic protein aggregation is central to a number of diseases. Here we introduce a graph-based approach that can determine, with a few restrictions, whether a set of self-assembly building blocks is deterministic or nondeterministic, and whether it is bound or unbound. We apply this methodology to a previously studied lattice self-assembly model and discuss generalisatio...

  16. Complex crystal structures formed by the self assembly of di-tethered nanospheres

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    Iacovella, Christopher R.; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2009-01-01

    We report the results from a computational study of the self-assembly of amphiphilic di-tethered nanospheres using molecular simulation. As a function of the interaction strength and directionality of the tether-tether interactions, we predict the formation of four highly ordered phases not previously reported for nanoparticle systems. We find a double diamond structure comprised of a zincblende (binary diamond) arrangement of spherical micelles with a complementary diamond network of nanopar...

  17. The impact of conformational fluctuations on self-assembly: Cooperative aggregation of archaeal chaperonin proteins

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    Whitelam, Stephen; Rogers, Carl; Pasqua, Andrea; Paavola, Chad; Trent, Jonathan; Geissler, Phillip L.

    2009-01-01

    Protein complexes called rosettasomes self-assemble in solution to form large-scale filamentous and planar structures. The relative abundance of these aggregates varies abruptly with environmental conditions and sample composition. Our simulations of a model of patchy nanoparticles can reproduce this sharp crossover, but only if particles are allowed to switch between two internal states favoring different geometries of local binding. These results demonstrate how local conformational adaptivity can fundamentally influence the cooperativity of pattern-forming dynamics. PMID:19072304

  18. Self-assembly, self-organization and division of labour

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    Sendova-Franks, A. B.

    1999-01-01

    The prospect of generic principles of biological organization being uncovered through the increasingly broad use of the concepts of 'self-assembly' and 'self-organization' in biology will only be fulfilled if students of different levels of biological organization use the same terms with the same meanings. We consider the different ways the terms 'self-assembly' and 'self-organization' have been used, from studies of molecules to studies of animal societies. By linking 'self-assembly' and 'se...

  19. Molecular Component Structures Mediated Formation of Self-assemblies

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    Molecular recognition directed self-assemblies from complementary molecular components, melamine and barbituric acid derivatives were studied by means of NMR, fluorescence, and TEM. It was found that both the process of the self-assembly and the morphologies of the result ed self-assemblies could be mediated by modifying the structures of the molecular components used. The effect of the structures of the molecular components on the formation of the self-as semblies was discussed in terms of intermolecular interactions.

  20. Self-assembly of nanocomponents into composite structures: derivation and simulation of Langevin equations.

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    Pankavich, S; Shreif, Z; Miao, Y; Ortoleva, P

    2009-05-21

    The kinetics of the self-assembly of nanocomponents into a virus, nanocapsule, or other composite structure is analyzed via a multiscale approach. The objective is to achieve predictability and to preserve key atomic-scale features that underlie the formation and stability of the composite structures. We start with an all-atom description, the Liouville equation, and the order parameters characterizing nanoscale features of the system. An equation of Smoluchowski type for the stochastic dynamics of the order parameters is derived from the Liouville equation via a multiscale perturbation technique. The self-assembly of composite structures from nanocomponents with internal atomic structure is analyzed and growth rates are derived. Applications include the assembly of a viral capsid from capsomers, a ribosome from its major subunits, and composite materials from fibers and nanoparticles. Our approach overcomes errors in other coarse-graining methods, which neglect the influence of the nanoscale configuration on the atomistic fluctuations. We account for the effect of order parameters on the statistics of the atomistic fluctuations, which contribute to the entropic and average forces driving order parameter evolution. This approach enables an efficient algorithm for computer simulation of self-assembly, whereas other methods severely limit the timestep due to the separation of diffusional and complexing characteristic times. Given that our approach does not require recalibration with each new application, it provides a way to estimate assembly rates and thereby facilitate the discovery of self-assembly pathways and kinetic dead-end structures. PMID:19466829

  1. Polymer-mediated nanorod self-assembly predicted by dissipative particle dynamics simulations.

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    Khani, Shaghayegh; Jamali, Safa; Boromand, Arman; Hore, Michael J A; Maia, Joao

    2015-09-14

    Self-assembly of nanoparticles in polymer matrices is an interesting and growing subject in the field of nanoscience and technology. We report herein on modelling studies of the self-assembly and phase behavior of nanorods in a homopolymer matrix, with the specific goal of evaluating the role of deterministic entropic and enthalpic factors that control the aggregation/dispersion in such systems. Grafting polymer brushes from the nanorods is one approach to control/impact their self-assembly capabilities within a polymer matrix. From an energetic point of view, miscible interactions between the brush and the matrix are required for achieving a better dispersibility; however, grafting density and brush length are the two important parameters in dictating the morphology. Unlike in previous computational studies, the present Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulation framework is able to both predict dispersion or aggregation of nanorods and determine the self-assembled structure, allowing for the determination of a phase diagram, which takes all of these factors into account. Three types of morphologies are predicted: dispersion, aggregation and partial aggregation. Moreover, favorable enthalpic interactions between the brush and the matrix are found to be essential for expanding the window for achieving a well-dispersed morphology. A three-dimensional phase diagram is mapped on which all the afore-mentioned parameters are taken into account. Additionally, in the case of immiscibility between brushes and the matrix, simulations predict the formation of some new and tunable structures.

  2. Polymer-mediated nanorod self-assembly predicted by dissipative particle dynamics simulations.

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    Khani, Shaghayegh; Jamali, Safa; Boromand, Arman; Hore, Michael J A; Maia, Joao

    2015-09-14

    Self-assembly of nanoparticles in polymer matrices is an interesting and growing subject in the field of nanoscience and technology. We report herein on modelling studies of the self-assembly and phase behavior of nanorods in a homopolymer matrix, with the specific goal of evaluating the role of deterministic entropic and enthalpic factors that control the aggregation/dispersion in such systems. Grafting polymer brushes from the nanorods is one approach to control/impact their self-assembly capabilities within a polymer matrix. From an energetic point of view, miscible interactions between the brush and the matrix are required for achieving a better dispersibility; however, grafting density and brush length are the two important parameters in dictating the morphology. Unlike in previous computational studies, the present Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulation framework is able to both predict dispersion or aggregation of nanorods and determine the self-assembled structure, allowing for the determination of a phase diagram, which takes all of these factors into account. Three types of morphologies are predicted: dispersion, aggregation and partial aggregation. Moreover, favorable enthalpic interactions between the brush and the matrix are found to be essential for expanding the window for achieving a well-dispersed morphology. A three-dimensional phase diagram is mapped on which all the afore-mentioned parameters are taken into account. Additionally, in the case of immiscibility between brushes and the matrix, simulations predict the formation of some new and tunable structures. PMID:26235000

  3. Self-assembled software and method of overriding software execution

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    Bouchard, Ann M.; Osbourn, Gordon C.

    2013-01-08

    A computer-implemented software self-assembled system and method for providing an external override and monitoring capability to dynamically self-assembling software containing machines that self-assemble execution sequences and data structures. The method provides an external override machine that can be introduced into a system of self-assembling machines while the machines are executing such that the functionality of the executing software can be changed or paused without stopping the code execution and modifying the existing code. Additionally, a monitoring machine can be introduced without stopping code execution that can monitor specified code execution functions by designated machines and communicate the status to an output device.

  4. Stoichiometric control of DNA-grafted colloid self-assembly.

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    Vo, Thi; Venkatasubramanian, Venkat; Kumar, Sanat; Srinivasan, Babji; Pal, Suchetan; Zhang, Yugang; Gang, Oleg

    2015-04-21

    There has been considerable interest in understanding the self-assembly of DNA-grafted nanoparticles into different crystal structures, e.g., CsCl, AlB2, and Cr3Si. Although there are important exceptions, a generally accepted view is that the right stoichiometry of the two building block colloids needs to be mixed to form the desired crystal structure. To incisively probe this issue, we combine experiments and theory on a series of DNA-grafted nanoparticles at varying stoichiometries, including noninteger values. We show that stoichiometry can couple with the geometries of the building blocks to tune the resulting equilibrium crystal morphology. As a concrete example, a stoichiometric ratio of 3:1 typically results in the Cr3Si structure. However, AlB2 can form when appropriate building blocks are used so that the AlB2 standard-state free energy is low enough to overcome the entropic preference for Cr3Si. These situations can also lead to an undesirable phase coexistence between crystal polymorphs. Thus, whereas stoichiometry can be a powerful handle for direct control of lattice formation, care must be taken in its design and selection to avoid polymorph coexistence.

  5. Supramolecular self-assemblies as functional nanomaterials

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    Busseron, Eric; Ruff, Yves; Moulin, Emilie; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2013-07-01

    In this review, we survey the diversity of structures and functions which are encountered in advanced self-assembled nanomaterials. We highlight their flourishing implementations in three active domains of applications: biomedical sciences, information technologies, and environmental sciences. Our main objective is to provide the reader with a concise and straightforward entry to this broad field by selecting the most recent and important research articles, supported by some more comprehensive reviews to introduce each topic. Overall, this compilation illustrates how, based on the rules of supramolecular chemistry, the bottom-up approach to design functional objects at the nanoscale is currently producing highly sophisticated materials oriented towards a growing number of applications with high societal impact.

  6. Controlling water evaporation through self-assembly.

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    Roger, Kevin; Liebi, Marianne; Heimdal, Jimmy; Pham, Quoc Dat; Sparr, Emma

    2016-09-13

    Water evaporation concerns all land-living organisms, as ambient air is dryer than their corresponding equilibrium humidity. Contrarily to plants, mammals are covered with a skin that not only hinders evaporation but also maintains its rate at a nearly constant value, independently of air humidity. Here, we show that simple amphiphiles/water systems reproduce this behavior, which suggests a common underlying mechanism originating from responding self-assembly structures. The composition and structure gradients arising from the evaporation process were characterized using optical microscopy, infrared microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering. We observed a thin and dry outer phase that responds to changes in air humidity by increasing its thickness as the air becomes dryer, which decreases its permeability to water, thus counterbalancing the increase in the evaporation driving force. This thin and dry outer phase therefore shields the systems from humidity variations. Such a feedback loop achieves a homeostatic regulation of water evaporation.

  7. Self-Assembled Magnetic Surface Swimmers

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    Snezhko, A.; Belkin, M.; Aranson, I. S.; Kwok, W.-K.

    2009-03-01

    We report studies of novel self-assembled magnetic surface swimmers (magnetic snakes) formed from a dispersion of magnetic microparticles at a liquid-air interface and energized by an alternating magnetic field. We show that under certain conditions the snakes spontaneously break the symmetry of surface flows and turn into self-propelled objects. Parameters of the driving magnetic field tune the propulsion velocity of these snakelike swimmers. We find that the symmetry of the surface flows can also be broken in a controlled fashion by attaching a large bead to a magnetic snake (bead-snake hybrid), transforming it into a self-locomoting entity. The observed phenomena have been successfully described by a phenomenological model based on the amplitude equation for surface waves coupled to a large-scale hydrodynamic mean flow equation.

  8. Controlling water evaporation through self-assembly.

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    Roger, Kevin; Liebi, Marianne; Heimdal, Jimmy; Pham, Quoc Dat; Sparr, Emma

    2016-09-13

    Water evaporation concerns all land-living organisms, as ambient air is dryer than their corresponding equilibrium humidity. Contrarily to plants, mammals are covered with a skin that not only hinders evaporation but also maintains its rate at a nearly constant value, independently of air humidity. Here, we show that simple amphiphiles/water systems reproduce this behavior, which suggests a common underlying mechanism originating from responding self-assembly structures. The composition and structure gradients arising from the evaporation process were characterized using optical microscopy, infrared microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering. We observed a thin and dry outer phase that responds to changes in air humidity by increasing its thickness as the air becomes dryer, which decreases its permeability to water, thus counterbalancing the increase in the evaporation driving force. This thin and dry outer phase therefore shields the systems from humidity variations. Such a feedback loop achieves a homeostatic regulation of water evaporation. PMID:27573848

  9. Self Assembly and Elasticity of Nuclear Pasta

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    Caplan, Matthew; Horowitz, Chuck; Berry, Don; da Silva Schneider, Andre

    2015-10-01

    While the outer crust of a neutron star is likely a solid ion lattice, the core consists of uniform nuclear matter at or above saturation density. In between, nuclei adopt exotic non-spherical geometries called ``nuclear pasta'' in order to minimize the nuclear attraction and Coulomb repulsion between protons. These structures have been well studied with both classical and quantum molecular dynamics, and their geometry can be predicted from the density, temperature, and proton fraction. Recent classical molecular dynamics simulations find evidence for a phase transition at T ~ 0 . 5 MeV, where simulations with low proton fractions undergo a solid-liquid phase transition, while simulations with high proton fractions under a glass-rubber phase transition. This is expected to have nontrivial consequences for the elastic properties of the pasta. Additionally, recent observations indicate that the structure of nuclear pasta may be related to structures observed in biophysics, specifically self assembling lipid membranes.

  10. Smart self-assembled hybrid hydrogel biomaterials.

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    Kopeček, Jindřich; Yang, Jiyuan

    2012-07-23

    Hybrid biomaterials are systems created from components of at least two distinct classes of molecules, for example, synthetic macromolecules and proteins or peptide domains. The synergistic combination of two types of structures may produce new materials that possess unprecedented levels of structural organization and novel properties. This Review focuses on biorecognition-driven self-assembly of hybrid macromolecules into functional hydrogel biomaterials. First, basic rules that govern the secondary structure of peptides are discussed, and then approaches to the specific design of hybrid systems with tailor-made properties are evaluated, followed by a discussion on the similarity of design principles of biomaterials and macromolecular therapeutics. Finally, the future of the field is briefly outlined.

  11. Shape Restoration by Active Self-Assembly

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    D. Arbuckle

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Shape restoration is defined as the problem of constructing a desired, or goal, solid shape Sg by growing an initial solid Si, which is a subset of the goal but is otherwise unknown. This definition attempts to capture abstractly a situation that often arises in the physical world when a solid object loses its desired shape due to wear and tear, corrosion or other phenomena. For example, if the top of the femur becomes distorted, the hip joint no longer functions properly and may have to be replaced surgically. Growing it in place back to its original shape would be an attractive alternative to replacement. This paper presents a solution to the shape restoration problem by using autonomous assembly agents (robots that self-assemble to fill the volume between Sg and Si. If the robots have very small dimension (micro or nano, the desired shape is approximated with high accuracy. The assembly agents initially execute a random walk. When two robots meet, they may exchange a small number of messages. The robot behavior is controlled by a finite state machine with a small number of states. Communication contact models chemical communication, which is likely to be the medium of choice for robots at the nanoscale, while small state and small messages are limitations that also are expected of nanorobots. Simulations presented here show that swarms of such robots organize themselves to achieve shape restoration by using distributed algorithms. This is one more example of an interesting geometric problem that can be solved by the Active Self-Assembly paradigm introduced in previous papers by the authors.

  12. Self-Assembly and Nanotechnology: Real-Time, Hands-On, and Safe Experiments for K-12 Students

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    Bagaria, Hitesh G.; Dean, Michelle R.; Nichol, Carolyn A.; Wong, Michael S.

    2011-01-01

    What students and teachers often ask is, how are nano-sized materials made when they are so small? One answer is through the process of self-assembly in which molecules, polymers, and nanoparticles connect to form larger objects of a defined structure and shape. Two hands-on experiments are presented in which students prepare capsules in real time…

  13. Rotational diffusion affects the dynamical self-assembly pathways of patchy particles.

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    Newton, Arthur C; Groenewold, Jan; Kegel, Willem K; Bolhuis, Peter G

    2015-12-15

    Predicting the self-assembly kinetics of particles with anisotropic interactions, such as colloidal patchy particles or proteins with multiple binding sites, is important for the design of novel high-tech materials, as well as for understanding biological systems, e.g., viruses or regulatory networks. Often stochastic in nature, such self-assembly processes are fundamentally governed by rotational and translational diffusion. Whereas the rotational diffusion constant of particles is usually considered to be coupled to the translational diffusion via the Stokes-Einstein relation, in the past decade it has become clear that they can be independently altered by molecular crowding agents or via external fields. Because virus capsids naturally assemble in crowded environments such as the cell cytoplasm but also in aqueous solution in vitro, it is important to investigate how varying the rotational diffusion with respect to transitional diffusion alters the kinetic pathways of self-assembly. Kinetic trapping in malformed or intermediate structures often impedes a direct simulation approach of a kinetic network by dramatically slowing down the relaxation to the designed ground state. However, using recently developed path-sampling techniques, we can sample and analyze the entire self-assembly kinetic network of simple patchy particle systems. For assembly of a designed cluster of patchy particles we find that changing the rotational diffusion does not change the equilibrium constants, but significantly affects the dynamical pathways, and enhances (suppresses) the overall relaxation process and the yield of the target structure, by avoiding (encountering) frustrated states. Besides insight, this finding provides a design principle for improved control of nanoparticle self-assembly. PMID:26621742

  14. Preparation of CMCS/PEG Nanoparticle by Self-Assembly Method and Study on Its pH-Responsive Properties%自组装法制备CMCS/PEG纳米粒子及其pH值响应性研究

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    陈怀俊; 贺继东; 董慧慧

    2015-01-01

    以壳聚糖(CS)为原料与氯乙酸反应制备羧甲基壳聚糖(CMCS),再将聚乙二醇(PEG)和CMCS以不同的质量比溶解在不同 pH值的溶液中,通过氢键相互作用自组装形成 CMCS/PEG纳米粒子,并研究其粒径大小与二者配比和溶液 pH值之间的关系。结果表明,不同配比下的粒子粒径均随pH值的增大先增大后减小;当pH<5时,在相同pH值溶液中,随着PEG比例的增加,粒子的粒径先减小后增大,在 pH=1.22、PEG∶CMCS=4∶1时粒径最小,约为160 nm;当 pH≥5时,在相同 pH值溶液中,粒径随PEG用量的增加而增大;通过自组装法制备的 CMCS/PEG纳米粒子粒径大小具有 pH值响应性。%The carboxymethyl chitosan(CMCS)was prepared by chitosan(CS)and chloroacetic acid,then polyethylene glycol(PEG)and CMCS with different mass ratios were dissolved in solution of different pH val-ues,CMCS/PEG nanoparticles were formed by self-assembly method under the hydrogen bond interactions.The relationship between particle size and mass ratio or pH value of the solution were studied.The results showed that,with the increase of pH value,particle size under different mass ratios increased first and then decreased;when pH<5,with the content of PEG increased,the particle size decreased first and then increased in the same solution;when pH=1.22,PEG∶CMCS=4∶1,the minimum particle size was about 160 nm;when pH≥5,with the content of PEG increased,the particle size increased in the same solution.These nanoparticles formed by self-assembly method have pH-responsive properties.

  15. Self-assembly of hydrolysed α-lactalbumin into nanotubes

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    Graveland-Bikker, Johanna Frederike

    2005-01-01

    Self-assembly of proteins, peptides and DNA is a powerful approach for fabricating novel supramolecular architectures. Via this "bottom-up" approach many new nanomaterials have been and will be produced. Building blocks that self-assemble into fibrous materials are of special interest, because linea

  16. Synthetic self-assembled models with biomimetic functions

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    Fiammengo, Roberto; Crego-Calama, Mercedes; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2001-01-01

    Self-assembly can be considered a powerful tool in the hand of chemists for the understanding, modeling and mimicking of biological systems. The possibility of reproducing biological functions in synthetic systems obtained by self-assembly is envisioned as a modest but very important step towards th

  17. Self-assembly behaviour of conjugated terthiophene surfactants in water

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    van Rijn, Patrick; Janeliunas, Dainius; Brizard, Aurelie M.; Stuart, Marc C. A.; Koper, Ger J. M.; Eelkema, Rienk; van Esch, Jan H.

    2011-01-01

    Conjugated self-assembled systems in water are of great interest because of their potential application in biocompatible supramolecular electronics, but so far their supramolecular chemistry remains almost unexplored. Here we present amphiphilic terthiophenes as a general self-assembling platform fo

  18. Electrochemical stability of self-assembled monolayers on gold

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    Beulen, Marcel W.J.; Kastenberg, Miryam I.; Veggel, van Frank C.J.M.; Reinhoudt, David N.

    1998-01-01

    Most applications of functionalized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are based on changes in electrochemical properties. Such applications require electrochemical stability. This study reveals that there is only a limited potential window from -0.8 to +0.4 VMSE where self-assembled monolayers of sul

  19. Role of peripheral phenanthroline groups in the self-assembly of self-assembled molecular triangles

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    Mili C Naranthatta; V Ramkumar; Dillip Kumar Chand

    2015-02-01

    Self-assembled molecular triangles [Pd3(phen)3(imidazolate)3](NO3)3, 1a and [Pd3(phen)3 (imidazolate)3](PF6)3, 1b are prepared by the combination of imidazole with Pd(phen)(NO3)2 and Pd(phen) (PF6)2, respectively. Imidazole was deprotonated during the complexation reactions and the imidazolate so formed acted as a bis-monodentate bridging ligand to form the bowl-shaped trinuclear architectures of 1a/b. Relative orientation of the imidazolate moieties can be best described as syn,anti,anti as observed in the crystal structure of 1b. However, in solution state, slow conformational changes are assumed on the basis of 1HNMR spectral data. The molecular triangles are crafted with three peripheral phen units capable of − stacking interactions. Well-fashioned intermolecular − interactions are observed in the solid-state, wherein further self-assembly of already self-assembled triangle is observed.

  20. On the self-assembly of TiOx into 1D NP network nanostructures

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    Here, we report for the first time a ‘ligand free’ method of designing 1D TiOx supramolecular network materials, which starts from Ti bare metal powder. Each TiOx oxidation step has been carefully investigated with different analytical techniques, including high resolution transmission electron microscopy/high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRTEM/HRSEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements. The self-assembly of TiOx nanoparticles (NPs) into 1D supramolecular nanoparticle networks is induced by the formation of mixed valent TiII,III species. The synthesis starts with etching a bare Ti surface, followed by a continuous oxidation of TiOx clusters and NPs, and it finally ends with the self-assembly into rigid 1D NPs chains. Today, such self-assembled 1D NP TiOx network materials are bridging the gap between the nanoscale and the macroscopic material world and will further provide interesting research opportunities. (fast track communication)

  1. Preparation and Characterization of Self-Assembled Manganese Dioxide Thin Films

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    Suh Cem Pang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of manganese dioxide (MnO2 were prepared by self-assembly of MnO2 nanoparticles directly unto nickel-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate flexible films using the newly developed horizontal submersion process. The thickness of deposited thin films was controllable by the deposition duration. This horizontal submersion deposition process for thin-film deposition is relatively easy, simple, and cost effective. Effects of deposition duration and calcination temperatures on the microstructure and electrochemical properties of self-assembled MnO2 thin films were investigated. Optimized MnO2 thin films exhibited high charge capacity, good cycling reversibility, and stability in a mild aqueous electrolyte and are thus promising electrode materials for the fabrication of thin-film electrochemical capacitors.

  2. Self-Assembly of Nanocomponents into Composite Structures: Derivation and Simulation of Langevin Equations

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    Pankavich, Stephen; Miao, Yinglong; Ortoleva, Peter

    2010-01-01

    The kinetics of the self-assembly of nanocomponents into a virus, nanocapsule, or other composite structure is analyzed via a multiscale approach. The objective is to achieve predictability and to preserve key atomic-scale features that underlie the formation and stability of the composite structures. We start with an all-atom description, the Liouville equation, and the order parameters characterizing nanoscale features of the system. An equation of Smoluchowski type for the stochastic dynamics of the order parameters is derived from the Liouville equation via a multiscale perturbation technique. The self-assembly of composite structures from nanocomponents with internal atomic structure is analyzed and growth rates are derived. Applications include the assembly of a viral capsid from capsomers, a ribosome from its major subunits, and composite materials from fibers and nanoparticles. Our approach overcomes errors in other coarse-graining methods which neglect the influence of the nanoscale configuration on ...

  3. Low-Power Light Guiding and Localization in Optoplasmonic Chains Obtained by Directed Self-Assembly.

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    Ahn, Wonmi; Zhao, Xin; Hong, Yan; Reinhard, Björn M

    2016-01-01

    Optoplasmonic structures contain plasmonic components embedded in a defined photonic environment to create synergistic interactions between photonic and plasmonic components. Here, we show that chains of optical microspheres containing gold nanoparticles in their evanescent field combine the light guiding properties of a microsphere chain with the light localizing properties of a plasmonic nanoantenna. We implement these materials through template guided self-assembly and investigate their fundamental electromagnetic working principles through combination of electromagnetic simulations and experimental characterization. We demonstrate that optoplasmonic chains implemented by directed self-assembly achieve a significant reduction in guiding losses when compared with conventional plasmonic waveguides and, at the same time, retain the light localizing properties of plasmonic antennas at pre-defined locations. The results reinforce the potential of optoplasmonic structures for realizing low-loss optical interconnects with high bandwidth. PMID:26931149

  4. Solvent mediated self-assembly of solids

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    De Yoreo, J.; Wilson, W.D.; Palmore, T.

    1997-12-12

    Solvent-mediated crystallization represents a robust approach to self-assembly of nanostructures and microstructures. In organic systems, the relative ease with which the structure of hydrogen- bonded molecules can be manipulated allows for generation of a wide variety of nanoscale crystal structures. In living organisms, control over the micron-to-millimeter form of inorganic crystals is achieved through introduction of bio-organic molecules. The purpose of this proposal is to understand the interplay between solution chemistry, molecular structure, surface chemistry, and the processes of nucleation and crystal growth in solvent-mediated systems, with the goal of developing the atomic and molecular basis of a solvent-mediated self-assembly technology. We will achieve this purpose by: (1) utilizing an atomic force microscopy (AFM) approach that provides in situ, real time imaging during growth from solutions, (2) by modifying kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) models to include solution-surface kinetics, (3) by introducing quantum chemistry (QC) calculations of the potentials of the relevant chemical species and the near-surface structure of the solution, and (4) by utilizing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to identify the minimum energy pathways to the solid state. Our work will focus on two systems chosen to address both the manometer and micron-to-millimeter length scales of assembly, the family of 2,5- diketopiperazines (X-DKPs) and the system of CaCO{sub 3} with amino acids. Using AFM, we will record the evolution of surface morphology, critical lengths, step speeds, and step-step interactions as a function of supersaturation and temperature. In the case of the X-DKPs, these measurements will be repeated as the molecular structure of the growth unit is varied. In the case of CaCO{sub 3}, they will be performed as a function of solution chemistry including pH, ionic strength, and amino acid content. In addition, we will measure nucleation rates and orientations of

  5. Enhanced electroluminescence properties of doped ZnS nanorods formed by the self-assembly of colloidal nanocrystals

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    Manzoor, K.; Aditya, V.; Vadera, S. R.; Kumar, N.; Kutty, T. R. N.

    2005-07-01

    Aggregation based meso-scale self-assembly of doped semiconductor nanocrystals leading to the formation of monocrystalline nanorods showing enhanced photo- and electro-luminescence properties is reported. ˜4 nm sized, polycrystalline ZnS nanoparticles of zinc-blende (cubic) structure, doped with Cu +-Al 3+ have been aggregated in the aqueous solution and grown into nanorods of length ˜400 nm and aspect ratio ˜12. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images indicate crystal growth mechanisms involving particle-to-particle oriented-attachment assisted by sulphur-sulphur catenation leading to covalent-linkage. The nanorods exhibit self-assembly dependant luminescence properties such as quenching of the lattice defect-related emissions accompanied by the enhancement in the dopant-related emission, efficient low-voltage electroluminescence (EL) and super-linear voltage-brightness EL characteristics. This study demonstrates the technological importance of aggregation based self-assembly in doped semiconductor nanosystems.

  6. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Ferrite Multilayer Nanofilms for Microwave Absorption

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    Jiwoong Heo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate a simple method for fabricating multilayer thin films containing ferrite (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles, using layer-by-layer (LbL self-assembly. These films have microwave absorbing properties for possible radar absorbing and stealth applications. To demonstrate incorporation of inorganic ferrite nanoparticles into an electrostatic-interaction-based LbL self-assembly, we fabricated two types of films: (1 a blended three-component LbL film consisting of a sequential poly(acrylic acid/oleic acid-ferrite blend layer and a poly(allylamine hydrochloride layer and (2 a tetralayer LbL film consisting of sequential poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride, poly(sodium-4-sulfonate, bPEI-ferrite, and poly(sodium-4-sulfonate layers. We compared surface morphologies, thicknesses, and packing density of the two types of ferrite multilayer film. Ferrite nanoparticles (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 were prepared via a coprecipitation method from an aqueous precursor solution. The structure and composition of the ferrite nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction patterns of ferrite nanoparticles indicated a cubic spinel structure, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy revealed their composition. Thickness growth and surface morphology were measured using a profilometer, atomic force microscope, and scanning electron microscope.

  7. Applications of self-assembled monolayers in materials chemistry

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    Nirmalya K Chaki; M Aslam; Jadab Sharma; K Vijayamohanan

    2001-10-01

    Self-assembly provides a simple route to organise suitable organic molecules on noble metal and selected nanocluster surfaces by using monolayers of long chain organic molecules with various functionalities like -SH, -COOH, -NH2, silanes etc. These surfaces can be effectively used to build-up interesting nano level architectures. Flexibility with respect to the terminal functionalities of the organic molecules allows the control of the hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity of metal surface, while the selection of length scale can be used to tune the distant-dependent electron transfer behaviour. Organo-inorganic materials tailored in this fashion are extremely important in nanotechnology to construct nanoelctronic devices, sensor arrays, supercapacitors, catalysts, rechargeable power sources etc. by virtue of their size and shape-dependent electrical, optical or magnetic properties. The interesting applications of monolayers and monolayer-protected clusters in materials chemistry are discussed using recent examples of size and shape control of the properties of several metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles. The potential benefits of using these nanostructured systems for molecular electronic components are illustrated using Au and Ag nanoclusters with suitable bifunctional SAMs.

  8. Self-assembled hierarchically structured organic-inorganic composite systems.

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    Tritschler, Ulrich; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-06-01

    Designing bio-inspired, multifunctional organic-inorganic composite materials is one of the most popular current research objectives. Due to the high complexity of biocomposite structures found in nacre and bone, for example, a one-pot scalable and versatile synthesis approach addressing structural key features of biominerals and affording bio-inspired, multifunctional organic-inorganic composites with advanced physical properties is highly challenging. This article reviews recent progress in synthesizing organic-inorganic composite materials via various self-assembly techniques and in this context highlights a recently developed bio-inspired synthesis concept for the fabrication of hierarchically structured, organic-inorganic composite materials. This one-step self-organization concept based on simultaneous liquid crystal formation of anisotropic inorganic nanoparticles and a functional liquid crystalline polymer turned out to be simple, fast, scalable and versatile, leading to various (multi-)functional composite materials, which exhibit hierarchical structuring over several length scales. Consequently, this synthesis approach is relevant for further progress and scientific breakthrough in the research field of bio-inspired and biomimetic materials. PMID:27175790

  9. Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Anthracene-Functionalized β-Cyclodextrin (CD-AN) through Multi-Micelle Aggregation.

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    Zhang, Yuannan; Xu, Hongjie; Ma, Xiaodong; Shi, Zixing; Yin, Jie; Jiang, Xuesong

    2016-06-01

    Multi-micelle aggregation (MMA) mechanism is widely acknowledged to explicate large spherical micelles self-assembly, but the process of MMA during self-assembly is hard to observe. Herein, a novel kind of strong, regular microspheres fabricated from self-assembly of amphiphilic anthracene-functionalized β-cyclodextrin (CD-AN) via Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne click reactions is reported. The obtained CD-AN amphiphiles can self-assemble in water from primary core-shell micelles to secondary aggregates with the diameter changing from several tens nm to around 600-700 nm via MMA process according to the images of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy as well as the dynamic light scattering measurements, followed by further crosslinking through photo-dimerization of anthracene. What merits special attention is that such photo-crosslinked self-assemblies are able to disaggregate reversibly into primary nanoparticles when changing the solution conditions, which is benefited from the designed regular structure of CD-AN and the rigid ranging of anthracene during assembly, thus confirming the process of MMA. PMID:27145434

  10. What promotes derected self assembly (DSA)?

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    Nakagawa, S. T.

    2016-09-01

    A low-energy electron beam (EB) can create self-interstitial atoms (SIA) in a solid and can cause directed self-assembly (DSA), e.g. {3 1 1}SIA platelets in c-Si. The crystalline structure of this planar defect is known from experiment to be made up of SIAs that form well aligned atomic rows on each (3 1 1) plane. To simulate the experiment we distributed Frenkel pairs (FP) randomly in bulk c-Si. Then making use of a molecular dynamic (MD) simulation, we have reproduced the experimental result, where SIAs are trapped at metastable sites in bulk. With increasing pre-doped FP concentration, the number of SIAs that participate in DSA tends to be increased but soon slightly supressed. On the other hand, when the FP concentration is less than 3%, a cooperative motion of target atoms was characterized from the long-range-order (LRO) parameter. Here we investigated the correlation between DSA and that cooperative motion, by adding a case of intrinsic c-Si. We confirmed that the cooperative motion slightly promote DSA by assisting migration of SIAs toward metastable sites as long as the FP concentration is less than 3%, however, it is essentially independent of DSA.

  11. Self-Assembly of Tetraphenylalanine Peptides.

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    Mayans, Enric; Ballano, Gema; Casanovas, Jordi; Díaz, Angélica; Pérez-Madrigal, Maria M; Estrany, Francesc; Puiggalí, Jordi; Cativiela, Carlos; Alemán, Carlos

    2015-11-16

    Three different tetraphenylalanine (FFFF) based peptides that differ at the N- and C-termini have been synthesized by using standard procedures to study their ability to form different nanoassemblies under a variety of conditions. The FFFF peptide assembles into nanotubes that show more structural imperfections at the surface than those formed by the diphenylalanine (FF) peptide under the same conditions. Periodic DFT calculations (M06L functional) were used to propose a model that consists of three FFFF molecules defining a ring through head-to-tail NH3(+)⋅⋅⋅(-)OOC interactions, which in turn stack to produce deformed channels with internal diameters between 12 and 16 Å. Depending on the experimental conditions used for the peptide incubation, N-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc) protected FFFF self-assembles into a variety of polymorphs: ultra-thin nanoplates, fibrils, and star-like submicrometric aggregates. DFT calculations indicate that Fmoc-FFFF prefers a parallel rather than an antiparallel β-sheet assembly. Finally, coexisting multiple assemblies (up to three) were observed for Fmoc-FFFF-OBzl (OBzl = benzyl ester), which incorporates aromatic protecting groups at the two peptide terminals. This unusual and noticeable feature is attributed to the fact that the assemblies obtained by combining the Fmoc and OBzl groups contained in the peptide are isoenergetic. PMID:26419936

  12. Self-assembly programming of DNA polyominoes.

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    Ong, Hui San; Syafiq-Rahim, Mohd; Kasim, Noor Hayaty Abu; Firdaus-Raih, Mohd; Ramlan, Effirul Ikhwan

    2016-10-20

    Fabrication of functional DNA nanostructures operating at a cellular level has been accomplished through molecular programming techniques such as DNA origami and single-stranded tiles (SST). During implementation, restrictive and constraint dependent designs are enforced to ensure conformity is attainable. We propose a concept of DNA polyominoes that promotes flexibility in molecular programming. The fabrication of complex structures is achieved through self-assembly of distinct heterogeneous shapes (i.e., self-organised optimisation among competing DNA basic shapes) with total flexibility during the design and assembly phases. In this study, the plausibility of the approach is validated using the formation of multiple 3×4 DNA network fabricated from five basic DNA shapes with distinct configurations (monomino, tromino and tetrominoes). Computational tools to aid the design of compatible DNA shapes and the structure assembly assessment are presented. The formations of the desired structures were validated using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imagery. Five 3×4 DNA networks were successfully constructed using combinatorics of these five distinct DNA heterogeneous shapes. Our findings revealed that the construction of DNA supra-structures could be achieved using a more natural-like orchestration as compared to the rigid and restrictive conventional approaches adopted previously. PMID:27569553

  13. Self-assembly programming of DNA polyominoes.

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    Ong, Hui San; Syafiq-Rahim, Mohd; Kasim, Noor Hayaty Abu; Firdaus-Raih, Mohd; Ramlan, Effirul Ikhwan

    2016-10-20

    Fabrication of functional DNA nanostructures operating at a cellular level has been accomplished through molecular programming techniques such as DNA origami and single-stranded tiles (SST). During implementation, restrictive and constraint dependent designs are enforced to ensure conformity is attainable. We propose a concept of DNA polyominoes that promotes flexibility in molecular programming. The fabrication of complex structures is achieved through self-assembly of distinct heterogeneous shapes (i.e., self-organised optimisation among competing DNA basic shapes) with total flexibility during the design and assembly phases. In this study, the plausibility of the approach is validated using the formation of multiple 3×4 DNA network fabricated from five basic DNA shapes with distinct configurations (monomino, tromino and tetrominoes). Computational tools to aid the design of compatible DNA shapes and the structure assembly assessment are presented. The formations of the desired structures were validated using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imagery. Five 3×4 DNA networks were successfully constructed using combinatorics of these five distinct DNA heterogeneous shapes. Our findings revealed that the construction of DNA supra-structures could be achieved using a more natural-like orchestration as compared to the rigid and restrictive conventional approaches adopted previously.

  14. Functional Self-Assembled Nanofibers by Electrospinning

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    Greiner, A.; Wendorff, J. H.

    Electrospinning constitutes a unique technique for the production of nanofibers with diameters down to the range of a few nanometers. In strong contrast to conventional fiber producing techniques, it relies on self-assembly processes driven by the Coulomb interactions between charged elements of the fluids to be spun to nanofibers. The transition from a macroscopic fluid object such as a droplet emerging from a die to solid nanofibers is controlled by a set of complex physical instability processes. They give rise to extremely high extensional deformations and strain rates during fiber formation causing among others a high orientational order in the nanofibers as well as enhanced mechanical properties. Electrospinning is predominantly applied to polymer based materials including natural and synthetic polymers, but, more recently, its use has been extended towards the production of metal, ceramic and glass nanofibers exploiting precursor routes. The nanofibers can be functionalized during electrospinning by introducing pores, fractal surfaces, by incorporating functional elements such as catalysts, quantum dots, drugs, enzymes or even bacteria. The production of individual fibers, random nonwovens, or orientationally highly ordered nonwovens is achieved by an appropriate selection of electrode configurations. Broad areas of application exist in Material and Life Sciences for such nanofibers, including not only optoelectronics, sensorics, catalysis, textiles, high efficiency filters, fiber reinforcement but also tissue engineering, drug delivery, and wound healing. The basic electrospinning process has more recently been extended towards compound co-electrospinning and precision deposition electrospinning to further broaden accessible fiber architectures and potential areas of application.

  15. Self-assembling holographic biosensors and biocomputers.

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    Light, Yooli Kim; Bachand, George David (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Trent, Amanda M. (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-05-01

    We present concepts for self-assembly of diffractive optics with potential uses in biosensors and biocomputers. The simplest such optics, diffraction gratings, can potentially be made from chemically-stabilized microtubules migrating on nanopatterned tracks of the motor protein kinesin. We discuss the fabrication challenges involved in patterning sub-micron-scale structures with proteins that must be maintained in aqueous buffers to preserve their activity. A novel strategy is presented that employs dry contact printing onto glass-supported amino-silane monolayers of heterobifunctional crosslinkers, followed by solid-state reactions of these cross-linkers, to graft patterns of reactive groups onto the surface. Successive solution-phase addition of cysteine-mutant proteins and amine-reactive polyethylene glycol allows assembly of features onto the printed patterns. We present data from initial experiments showing successful micro- and nanopatterning of lines of single-cysteine mutants of kinesin interleaved with lines of polyethylene, indicating that this strategy can be employed to arrays of features with resolutions suitable for gratings.

  16. Self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals

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    Zhirong Li; Jingxia wang; Yanlin Song

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly of latex particles is of great importance for fabricating various functional colloidal crystals.In this paper,we review recent research on the self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals,covering the assembly forces and various assembly approaches of latex particles,including self-assembly by gravity sedimentation,vertical deposition,physical confinement,electric field,and magnetic field.Furthermore,some simple methods for assembling latex particles such as spin coating,spray coating,and printing are also summarized.

  17. Equation of State for Phospholipid Self-Assembly

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    Marsh, Derek

    2016-01-01

    Phospholipid self-assembly is the basis of biomembrane stability. The entropy of transfer from water to self-assembled micelles of lysophosphatidylcholines and diacyl phosphatidylcholines with different chain lengths converges to a common value at a temperature of 44°C. The corresponding enthalpies...... of transfer converge at ∼-18°C. An equation of state for the free energy of self-assembly formulated from this thermodynamic data depends on the heat capacity of transfer as the sole parameter needed to specify a particular lipid. For lipids lacking calorimetric data, measurement of the critical...

  18. Atomic structures of peptide self-assembly mimics

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    Makabe, Koki; McElheny, Dan; Tereshko, Valentia; Hilyard, Aaron; Gawlak, Grzegorz; Yan, Shude; Koide, Akiko; Koide, Shohei

    2006-01-01

    Although the β-rich self-assemblies are a major structural class for polypeptides and the focus of intense research, little is known about their atomic structures and dynamics due to their insoluble and noncrystalline nature. We developed a protein engineering strategy that captures a self-assembly segment in a water-soluble molecule. A predefined number of self-assembling peptide units are linked, and the β-sheet ends are capped to prevent aggregation, which yields a mono-dispersed soluble p...

  19. Glucose Based on Self-Assembling Gold Nanoparticles and MPS Sol-Gel%超灵敏葡萄糖生物传感基于自组装纳米金和(3-巯基丙基)-三甲氧基硅烷凝胶溶胶

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    钟霞; 袁若; 柴雅琴; 赵勤; 刘颜; 唐点平; 戴建远

    2004-01-01

    A novel method for glucose biosensor based on self-assembling monolayers(SAMs) formation of glucose ox-idase(GOD)-gold nanoparticles-(3-mercaptopropyl)-trimethoxysilane(MPS) sol-gel on gold substrate is described in this work. The GOD and gold nanoparticles immobilized on MPS gel were stable and retained its functional activity.With using Co(bpy)33+ as a mediator, the peak currents were proportional to the glucose concentration from 8. 0 ×10-10 to 4.2× 10-8 mol/L and the detection limit was as low as 3. 0× l0-10 mol/L(S/N=3) toward glucose.%采用一种新颖的方法将(3-巯基丙基)-三甲氧基硅烷凝胶溶胶、纳米金和葡萄糖氧化酶自组装于金电极表面,制得了高灵敏度的葡萄糖生物传感器.实验表明固定在三维网状的凝胶溶胶中的葡萄糖氧化酶和纳米金颗粒具有很强的稳定性并且能够保持自身的活性.本实验采用Co(bpy)33+作为电子媒介体,峰电流值与葡萄糖浓度在8.0×10-1o~4.2×10-8 mol/L成线形关系,检测下线为3.0×10-100mol/L(S/N=3).

  20. Preparation and in Vitro Release of Self-Assembled Neurotoxin-Loaded Nanoparticles of Core-Shell Type%神经毒素自组装核壳型纳米粒的制备及其体外释药研究

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    柳琳; 徐陆忠; 何晓玮; 赵燕敏; 冯健; 李范珠

    2009-01-01

    目的 制备亲水性多肽类药物神经毒素的自组装核壳型纳米粒,并对其理化性质及体外释药特性进行考察.方法 以聚乙二醇一聚氰基丙烯酸乙酯嵌段共聚物(PEG-g-PECA)为载体,乳化聚合法制备神经毒素自组装核壳型纳米粒,采用正交实验优化制备工艺,制得的核壳型纳米粒通过透射电镜、Zeta电位/粒度分布仪考察理化性质,并用透析袋法分别研究其在pH 7.4和6.8的PBS缓冲液中的体外释药特性.结果 PEG-g-PECA能包埋亲水性多肽神经毒素,制备的神经毒素自组装核壳型纳米粒粒径为(89.6±8.9)mm,多分散系数为(0.110±0.003),包封率为(58.43±0.62)%,Zeta电位为(-38.81±0.47)mV;在pH 7.4和6.8的PBS缓冲液中的体外释药行为均符合Weibull方程,分别为lnln[1/(1-Q)]=0.474Int-1.612 1,r=0.994 6(pH 7.4)及lnln[1/(1-Q)]=0.351Int-0.827 1,r=0.970 8(pH 6.8).结论 以PEG-g-PECA为载体制备亲水性多肽类药物自组装核壳型纳米粒方法可行,所得纳米粒包封率较高,理化性质稳定,体外释药具有缓释制剂特征.%OBJECTIVE To prepare the self-assembled neurotoxin-loaded nanoparticles of core-shell type, and investigate its physicochemical properties and release behavior in vitro. METHODS The self-assembled neurotoxin-loaded nanoparticles of core-shell type were prepared with PEG-g-PECA by emulsion polymerization method. The orthogonal design was used to optimize the preparation technology. The transmission electron microscope(TEM) and Zeta sizer instrument were utilized to investigate the physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles, and the drug release behavior in PBS buffer at pH 7.4 and 6.8 in vitro were studied by dialysis method respectively. RESULTS The mean diameter of the nanoparticles were (89.6±8.9)nm with polydispersity index of (0.110±0.003). The entrapment efficiency was (58.43±0.62)%, and Zeta potential was (-38.81±0.47) inV. The in vitro release profiles of the nanoparticles in pH 7