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See detailEmission Tunable, Cytocompatible, Near-IR-Emitting Ag2S Quantum Dots by Aqueous Decomposition of DMSA
Hocaoglu, I.; Demir, F.; Birer, O. et al

in Nanoscale (2014)

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See detailPoly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) anchored maghemite nanoparticles designed for multi-stimuli triggered drug release
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in Nanoscale (2013), 5(23), 11464-11477

Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of amaghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug ... [more ▼]

Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of amaghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug delivery system (DDS) application. This kind of DDS aims to combine the advantage of stimuli-responsive polymer coating, in order to regulate the drug release behaviours under different conditions and furthermore, improve the biocompatibility and in vivo circulation half-time of the maghemite nanoparticles. Drug loading capacity was evaluated with methylene blue (MB), a cationic model drug. The triggered release of MB was studied under various stimuli such as pH, ionic strength and temperature. Local heating generated under alternating magnetic field (AMF) application was studied, and remotely AMF-triggered release was also confirmed, while a mild heating-up of the release medium was observed. Furthermore, their potential application as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents was explored via relaxivity measurements and acquisition of T2-weighted images. Preliminary studies on the cytotoxicity against mouse fibroblast-like L929 cell line and also their cellular uptake within human melanoma MEL-5 cell line were carried out. In conclusion, this kind of stimuli-responsive nanoparticles appears to be promising carriers for delivering drugs to some tumour sites or into cellular compartments with an acidic environment. [less ▲]

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See detail2D to 3D crossover of the magnetic properties in ordered arrays of iron oxide nanocrystals
Faure, Bertrand; Wetterskog, Erik; Gunnarsson, Klas et al

in NANOSCALE (2013), 5(3), 953-960

The magnetic 2D to 3D crossover behavior of well-ordered arrays of monodomain gamma-Fe2O3 spherical nanoparticles with different thicknesses has been investigated by magnetometry and Monte Carlo (MC ... [more ▼]

The magnetic 2D to 3D crossover behavior of well-ordered arrays of monodomain gamma-Fe2O3 spherical nanoparticles with different thicknesses has been investigated by magnetometry and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. Using the structural information of the arrays obtained from grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy together with the experimentally determined values for the saturation magnetization and magnetic anisotropy of the nanoparticles, we show that MC simulations can reproduce the thickness-dependent magnetic behavior. The magnetic dipolar particle interactions induce a ferromagnetic coupling that increases in strength with decreasing thickness of the array. The 2D to 3D transition in the magnetic properties is mainly driven by a change in the orientation of the magnetic vortex states with increasing thickness, becoming more isotropic as the thickness of the array increases. Magnetic anisotropy prevents long-range ferromagnetic order from being established at low temperature and the nanoparticle magnetic moments instead freeze along directions defined by the distribution of easy magnetization directions. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural diversity in iron oxide nanoparticle assemblies as directed by particle morphology and orientation
Disch, Sabrina; Wetterskog, Erik; Hermann, Raphael ULg et al

in NANOSCALE (2013), 5(9), 3969-3975

The mesostructure of ordered arrays of anisotropic nanoparticles is controlled by a combination of packing constraints and interparticle interactions, two factors that are strongly dependent on the ... [more ▼]

The mesostructure of ordered arrays of anisotropic nanoparticles is controlled by a combination of packing constraints and interparticle interactions, two factors that are strongly dependent on the particle morphology. We have investigated how the degree of truncation of iron oxide nanocubes controls the mesostructure and particle orientation in drop cast mesocrystal arrays. The combination of grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy shows that mesocrystals of highly truncated cubic nanoparticles assemble in an fcc-type mesostructure, similar to arrays formed by iron oxide nanospheres, but with a significantly reduced packing density and displaying two different growth orientations. Strong satellite reflections in the GISAXS pattern indicate a commensurate mesoscopic superstructure that is related to stacking faults in mesocrystals of the anisotropic nanocubes. Our results show how subtle variation in shape anisotropy can induce oriented arrangements of nanoparticles of different structures and also create mesoscopic superstructures of larger periodicity. [less ▲]

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See detailPhonon spectroscopy in a Bi2Te3 nanowire array
Bessas, Dimitrios; Toellner, William; Aabdin, Zainul et al

in NANOSCALE (2013), 5(21), 10629-10635

The lattice dynamics in an array of 56 nm diameter Bi2Te3 nanowires embedded in a self-ordered amorphous alumina membrane were investigated microscopically using Te-125 nuclear inelastic scattering. The ... [more ▼]

The lattice dynamics in an array of 56 nm diameter Bi2Te3 nanowires embedded in a self-ordered amorphous alumina membrane were investigated microscopically using Te-125 nuclear inelastic scattering. The element specific density of phonon states is measured on nanowires in two perpendicular orientations and the speed of sound is extracted. Combined high energy synchrotron radiation diffraction and transmission electron microscopy was carried out on the same sample and the crystallinity was investigated. The nanowires grow almost perpendicular to the c-axis, partly with twinning. The average speed of sound in the 56 nm diameter Bi2Te3 nanowires is similar to 7% smaller with respect to bulk Bi2Te3 and a decrease in the macroscopic lattice thermal conductivity by similar to 13% due to nanostructuration and to the reduced speed of sound is predicted. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetostructural effects in ligand stabilized Pd13 clusters: a density functional theory study
Fresch, Barbara ULg; Boyen, H.-G.; Remacle, Françoise ULg

in Nanoscale (2012), 4(14), 4138-4147

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