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Fabrication of Human Keratinocyte Cell Clusters for Skin Graft Applications by Templating Water-in-Water Pickering Emulsions (2019)
Journal Article
Celik, S., Dominici, S., Filby, B., Das, A., Madden, L., & Paunov, V. (2019). Fabrication of Human Keratinocyte Cell Clusters for Skin Graft Applications by Templating Water-in-Water Pickering Emulsions. Biomimetics, 4(3), https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics4030050

Most current methods for the preparation of tissue spheroids require complex materials, involve tedious physical steps and are generally not scalable. We report a novel alternative, which is both inexpensive and up-scalable, to produce large quantiti... Read More

Controlling the antimicrobial action of surface modified magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles (2019)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Controlling the antimicrobial action of surface modified magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles. Biomimetics, 4(2), https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics4020041

Magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles (Mg(OH)2NPs) have recently attracted significant attention due to their wide applications as environmentally friendly antimicrobial nanomaterials, with potentially low toxicity and low fabrication cost. Here, we desc... Read More

Breathing new life into old antibiotics: Overcoming antibacterial resistance by antibiotic-loaded nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality (2019)
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Weldrick, P. J., Iveson, S., Hardman, M. J., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Breathing new life into old antibiotics: Overcoming antibacterial resistance by antibiotic-loaded nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality. Nanoscale, 11(21), 10472-10485. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nr10022e

Multidrug-resistant pathogens are prevalent in chronic wounds. There is an urgent need to develop novel antimicrobials and formulation strategies that can overcome antibiotic resistance and provide a safe alternative to traditional antibiotics. This... Read More

Self-grafting copper oxide nanoparticles show a strong enhancement of their anti-algal and anti-yeast action (2019)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Self-grafting copper oxide nanoparticles show a strong enhancement of their anti-algal and anti-yeast action. Nanoscale advances, 1(6), 2323-2336. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9na00099b

© 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We have developed and tested copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONPs) grafted with (3-glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GLYMO) and coupled with 4-hydroxyphenylboronic acid (4-HPBA), which provides a very strong boo... Read More

Bioimprint aided cell recognition and depletion of human leukemic HL60 cells from peripheral blood (2019)
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Das, A. A., Medlock, J., Liang, H., Nees, D., Allsup, D. J., Madden, L. A., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Bioimprint aided cell recognition and depletion of human leukemic HL60 cells from peripheral blood. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 7(22), 3497-3504. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9tb00679f

We report a large scale preparation of bioimprints of layers of cultured human leukemic HL60 cells which can perform cell shape and size recognition from a mixture with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). We demonstrate that the bioimprint-ce... Read More

Boosting the antimicrobial action of vancomycin formulated in shellac nanoparticles of dual-surface functionality (2019)
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Al-Obaidy, S. S., Halbus, A. F., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Boosting the antimicrobial action of vancomycin formulated in shellac nanoparticles of dual-surface functionality. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 7(19), 3119-3133. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8tb03102a

We report a strong amplification of the antimicrobial action of vancomycin (VCM) encapsulated in shellac nanoparticles (NPs) with dual surface functionalisation. These shellac nanocarriers for VCM were produced in two steps: (i) a pH drop from aqueou... Read More

Two-step numerical approach to predict ferrofluid droplet generation and manipulation inside multilaminar flow chambers (2019)
Journal Article
Gómez-Pastora, J., Amiri Roodan, V., Karampelas, I. H., Alorabi, A. Q., Tarn, M. D., Iles, A., …Ortiz, I. (2019). Two-step numerical approach to predict ferrofluid droplet generation and manipulation inside multilaminar flow chambers. Journal of physical chemistry. C, 123(15), 10065-10080. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01393

Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society. In this study, a computational fluid dynamics approach is implemented to investigate the dynamic behavior of continuous-flow droplet microfluidics. The developed approach predicts both droplet generation an... Read More

Hierarchically structured composites and porous materials from soft templates: fabrication and applications (2019)
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Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (in press). Hierarchically structured composites and porous materials from soft templates: fabrication and applications. Journal of materials chemistry. publ. by The Royal Society of Chemistry. A, Materials for energy and sustainability /, 7(14), 8030-8049. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ta09750j

Recent experimental methods for fabrication of hierarchically porous and structured composites are reviewed. The main focus is on recent examples of how different soft templating materials, like emulsions, surfactant phases, breath figures, biologica... Read More

Strongly Enhanced Antibacterial Action of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles with Boronic Acid Surface Functionality (2019)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Strongly Enhanced Antibacterial Action of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles with Boronic Acid Surface Functionality. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 11(13), 12232-12243. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b21862

Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONPs) have been widely recognized as good antimicrobial agents but are heavily regulated due to environmental concerns of their postuse. In this work, we have developed and tested a novel type of formulation for copper o... Read More

Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine (2018)
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Al-Obaidy, S. S., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine. Nanoscale advances, 1(2), 858-872. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8na00121a

We have developed highly efficient antimicrobial nanocarriers for berberine (BRB) based on shellac nanoparticles (NPs) which were surface-functionalised with a surface active polymer, Poloxamer 407 (P407), and the cationic surfactant octadecyltrimeth... Read More

Microcapsules as assay compartments formed through layer-by-layer deposition (2018)
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Alorabi, A. Q., Tarn, M. D., Thomas, M., Paunov, V. N., & Pamme, N. (2018). Microcapsules as assay compartments formed through layer-by-layer deposition. Analytical Methods, 10(44), 5335-5340. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ay02012d

We investigate the potential of using microcapsules, generated through layer-by-layer assembly, as reaction compartments for bioassays. A streptavidin-biotin and an esterase-fluorescein diacetate (FDA) assay were employed for proof-of-concept. Strept... Read More

Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers (2018)
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Al-Awady, M. J., Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2(11), 2032-2044. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8qm00343b

We have developed and tested a novel functionalised nanocarrier for chlorhexidine (CHX) which provides a very strong enhancement of its antimicrobial action. The nanocarrier was based on lightly-cross-linked acrylate copolymer nanogel particles loade... Read More

CFD analysis and experimental validation of magnetic droplet generation and deflection across multilaminar flow streams (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Gómez-Pastora, J., Karampelas, I. H., Alorabi, A. Q., Tarn, M. D., Bringas, E., Iles, A., …Ortiz, I. (2018). CFD analysis and experimental validation of magnetic droplet generation and deflection across multilaminar flow streams. In Biotech, biomaterials and biomedical: TechConnect briefs 2018, 182-185

© 2018 OOSV. All rights reserved. The use of droplet-based microfluidic systems has increased in the last decade due to the advantages these systems present such as compatibility with many chemical and biological reagents, capability of performing a... Read More

Smart soaps: stimulus responsive soap–hydrogel bead composites for controlled dissolution and release of actives (2018)
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Thompson, B. R., Rutkevičius, M., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Smart soaps: stimulus responsive soap–hydrogel bead composites for controlled dissolution and release of actives. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2(2), 402-409. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7qm00556c

We designed pressure responsive soap–hydrogel bead composites by incorporating agar hydrogel beads of different size distributions within a molten soap matrix at various volume fractions. Upon cooling, the combined suspension of hydrogel beads into t... Read More

Capillary structured suspensions from in situ hydrophobized calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar liquid media (2017)
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Dunstan, T. S., Das, A. A. K., Starck, P., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Capillary structured suspensions from in situ hydrophobized calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar liquid media. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 34(1), 442-452. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03589

© 2017 American Chemical Society. We demonstrate that capillary suspensions can be formed from hydrophilic calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar continuous media and connected by capillary bridges formed of minute amounts of an immiscible... Read More

Thermally responsive capillary suspensions (2017)
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Das, A. A., Dunstan, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., Starck, P., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Thermally responsive capillary suspensions. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 9(50), 44152-44160. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b11358

© 2017 American Chemical Society. We demonstrate that stimulus-responsive capillary-structured materials can be formed from hydrophobized calcium carbonate particles suspended in a non-polar phase (silicone oil) and bridged by very small amounts of a... Read More

High throughput fabrication of cell spheroids by templating water-in-water Pickering emulsions (2017)
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Das, A. A. K., Filby, B. W., Geddes, D. A., Legrande, D., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). High throughput fabrication of cell spheroids by templating water-in-water Pickering emulsions. Materials Horizons, 4(6), 1196-1200. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7mh00677b

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2017. We report a simple technique for the high throughput generation of tissue spheroids based on the encapsulation of dispersed adherent cells in particle-stabilised water-in-water emulsions. We demonstrate cell enc... Read More

Sound transmission loss of hierarchically porous composites produced by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques (2017)
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Thompson, B. R., Taylor, B. L., Qin, Q., Stoyanov, S. D., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Sound transmission loss of hierarchically porous composites produced by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 1(12), 2627-2637. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7qm00371d

© 2017 the Partner Organisations. We have developed two different methods for fabrication of hierarchically porous composites which are environmentally friendly, inexpensive and give a large amount of control over the composite microstructure. The hy... Read More

Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques (2017)
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Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques. Materials & design, 137, 384-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.10.046

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Two methods for the preparation of hierarchically porous composites have been developed and explored. The first involved templating mixed slurries of hydrogel beads with two different average bead size distributions with gypsum sl... Read More

On-chip polyelectrolyte coating onto magnetic droplets – towards continuous flow assembly of drug delivery capsules (2017)
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Alorabi, A. Q., Tarn, M. D., Gómez-Pastora, J., Bringas, E., Ortiz, I., Paunov, V. N., & Pamme, N. (2017). On-chip polyelectrolyte coating onto magnetic droplets – towards continuous flow assembly of drug delivery capsules. Lab on a chip, 17(22), 3785-3795. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7lc00918f

Polyelectrolyte (PE) microcapsules for drug delivery are typically fabricated via layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of PE layers of alternating charge on sacrificial template microparticles, which usually requires multiple incubation and washing steps... Read More