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See detailCoating of gold nanoparticles by thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) end-capped by biotin
Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Qiu, Hongjin; Greisch, Jean-François ULg et al

in Polymer (2008), 49(5), 1145-1153

Gold nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by reduction of HAuCl4 in aqueous solution and stabilized by poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM). PNIPAM was prepared by two distinct routes: (i) conventional free ... [more ▼]

Gold nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by reduction of HAuCl4 in aqueous solution and stabilized by poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM). PNIPAM was prepared by two distinct routes: (i) conventional free-radical polymerization leading to polymer without any reactive end-group, and (ii) Reversible Addition–Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization with 2-dodecylsulfanylthiocarbonylsulfanyl-2-methyl propionic acid (DMP) as a RAFT agent. PNIPAM with low polydispersity was then end-capped by an α-carboxylic acid and an ω-trithiocarbonate that was converted into an ω-thiol upon hydrolysis. This hetero-telechelic polymer was analyzed by mass spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and 1H NMR. Even without thiol end-group, known for chemisorption onto gold, PNIPAM was effective in stabilizing gold NPs (1–5 nm). The thermosensitivity of PNIPAM at the surface of gold NPs was, however, dependent on the molecular weight of the chains. Finally, the α-carboxyl end-group of PNIPAM was used to anchor biotin, which is indeed known for complexation with avidin, which is a possible strategy for the coated gold NPs to be involved as building blocks in supramolecular assemblies. TEM and UV–vis spectroscopy were used to characterize the gold nanoparticles. [less ▲]

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See detailPLA-coated gold nanoparticles for the labeling of PLA biocarriers
Qiu, Hongjin; Rieger, Jutta ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

in Chemistry of Materials (2004), 16(5), 850-856

POly-DL-lactide end-capped by a protected thiol was synthesized by bulk ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of DL-lactide initiated by the reaction product of aluminum isopropoxide [Al (iOPr) (3)] with ... [more ▼]

POly-DL-lactide end-capped by a protected thiol was synthesized by bulk ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of DL-lactide initiated by the reaction product of aluminum isopropoxide [Al (iOPr) (3)] with alpha- (2,4-dinitrophenylsulfenyl) ethanol. After the thiol deprotection, PLA-SH was used to stabilize gold nanoparticles. Either these nanoparticles were prepared in the presence of PLA-SH, or PLA-SH was substituted for part of the undecanethiol (C11SH) that stabilized preformed gold nanoparticles. In contrast to C11SH-coated nanoparticles, those stabilized by PLA-SH were successfully entrapped into 100-nm PLA nanocarriers prepared by nanoprecipitation. This is an easy technique to label PLA biocarriers and therefore trace their fate in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of nanoobjects endowed with specific properties
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Qiu, Hongjin; Rieger, Jutta ULg et al

Conference (2004, March)

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See detailPreparation and labelling of biodegradable drug nanocarriers
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Qiu, Hongjin; Mazza, Michaël et al

Poster (2003, May 16)

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