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Biofilm-Infected Human Clusteroid Three-Dimensional Coculture Platform to Replace Animal Models in Testing Antimicrobial Nanotechnologies (2021)
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Wang, A., Weldrick, P., Madden, L., & Paunov, V. (in press). Biofilm-Infected Human Clusteroid Three-Dimensional Coculture Platform to Replace Animal Models in Testing Antimicrobial Nanotechnologies. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c02679

Microbial biofilms are a major concern in wound care, implant devices, and organ infections. Biofilms allow higher tolerance to antibacterial drugs, can impair wound healing, and potentially lead to sepsis. There has been a recent focus on developing... Read More about Biofilm-Infected Human Clusteroid Three-Dimensional Coculture Platform to Replace Animal Models in Testing Antimicrobial Nanotechnologies.

Smart active antibiotic nanocarriers with protease surface functionality can overcome biofilms of resistant bacteria (2020)
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Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., & Paunov, V. N. (2021). Smart active antibiotic nanocarriers with protease surface functionality can overcome biofilms of resistant bacteria. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 5(2), 961-972. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0qm00874e

Treating bacterial infections with species demonstrating antibiotic resistance to the chosen antibiotic is often hindered due to the ability of certain bacteria to grow biofilms where they can effectively hide and resist the antibiotic action. We rep... Read More about Smart active antibiotic nanocarriers with protease surface functionality can overcome biofilms of resistant bacteria.

Advanced biomedical applications based on emerging 3D cell culturing platforms (2020)
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Wang, A., Madden, L. A., & Paunov, V. N. (2020). Advanced biomedical applications based on emerging 3D cell culturing platforms. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 8(46), 10487-10501. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0tb01658f

It is of great value to develop reliable in vitro models for cell biology and toxicology. However, ethical issues and the decreasing number of donors restrict the further use of traditional animal models in various fields, including the emerging fiel... Read More about Advanced biomedical applications based on emerging 3D cell culturing platforms.

Bioimprint Mediated Label-Free Isolation of Pancreatic Tumor Cells from a Healthy Peripheral Blood Cell Population (2020)
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Pelle, M., Das, A. A. K., Madden, L. A., & Paunov, V. N. (in press). Bioimprint Mediated Label-Free Isolation of Pancreatic Tumor Cells from a Healthy Peripheral Blood Cell Population. Advanced Biosystems, https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202000054

New techniques are required for earlier diagnosis and response to treatment of pancreatic cancer. Here, a label-free approach is reported in which circulating pancreatic tumor cells are isolated from healthy peripheral blood cells via cell bioimprint... Read More about Bioimprint Mediated Label-Free Isolation of Pancreatic Tumor Cells from a Healthy Peripheral Blood Cell Population.

Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos (2020)
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Arabeyyat, Z. H., Al-Awady, M. J., Greenway, G. M., Paunov, V., & Rotchell, J. M. (2020). Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. SN Applied Sciences, 2(7), https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-020-3137-x

We investigated the effects of short-term exposure of bare TiO2NPs and polyelectrolyte-coated TiO2NPs in the 5-25 nm size range, at relatively high concentrations (of 500 and 1000 mg/L) under light or dark conditions, in D. rerio embryos. The biologi... Read More about Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos.

Silver nanoparticles in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos: Uptake, growth and molecular responses (2020)
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Qiang, L., Arabeyyat, Z. H., Xin, Q., Paunov, V. N., Dale, I. J., Lloyd Mills, R. I., …Cheng, J. (2020). Silver nanoparticles in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos: Uptake, growth and molecular responses. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(5), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21051876

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in commercial applications as antimicrobial agents, but there have recently been increasing concerns raised about their possible environmental and... Read More about Silver nanoparticles in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos: Uptake, growth and molecular responses.

Removal of Human Leukemic Cells from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells by Cell Recognition Chromatography with Size Matched Particle Imprints (2020)
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Chester, R., Das, A. A. K., Medlock, J., Nees, D., Allsup, D. J., Madden, L. A., & Paunov, V. N. (2020). Removal of Human Leukemic Cells from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells by Cell Recognition Chromatography with Size Matched Particle Imprints. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 3(2), 789-800. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.9b00770

We report a cell recognition chromatography approach for blood cancer cell separation from healthy peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) based on sizematched functionalized particle imprints. Negative imprints were prepared from layers of 15 μm... Read More about Removal of Human Leukemic Cells from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells by Cell Recognition Chromatography with Size Matched Particle Imprints.

Surface-Modified Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Antialgal and Antiyeast Applications (2020)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2020). Surface-Modified Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Antialgal and Antiyeast Applications. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3(1), 440-451. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.9b02045

We explored the factors and mechanisms of the anti-yeast and anti-algal effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) coated with zinc sulfide (ZnS), silica (SiO2), poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) sodium salt (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (... Read More about Surface-Modified Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Antialgal and Antiyeast Applications.

Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints (2019)
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Das, A. A., Remaud, P., Medlock, J., Das, A. A. K., Allsup, D. J., Madden, L. A., …Paunov, V. N. (2019). Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 4(1), 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9qm00531e

We report a new approach for separation of blood cancer cells from healthy white blood cells based on cell recognition by surface functionalised particle imprints. We prepared polymeric particle imprints from a layer of suspension of monodisperse PMM... Read More about Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints.

Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers (2019)
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Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 11(47), 43902-43919. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b16119

© 2019 American Chemical Society. Biofilms are prevalent in chronic wounds and once formed are very hard to remove, which is associated with poor outcomes and high mortality rates. Biofilms are comprised of surface-attached bacteria embedded in an ex... Read More about Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers.

"Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action (2019)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). "Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 11(42), 38519−38530. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b14403

Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society. We fabricated surface-rough mesoporous silica nanoparticles ("ghost" SiO2NPs) by using composite mesoporous copper oxide nanoparticles ("host" CuONPs) as templates, which allowed us to mimic their surface m... Read More about "Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action.

Fabrication of Human Keratinocyte Cell Clusters for Skin Graft Applications by Templating Water-in-Water Pickering Emulsions (2019)
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Das, A. A., Dominici, S. R., Filby, B. W., Celik, S. B., Celik, S., Dominici, S., …Paunov, V. N. (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 about Fabrication of Human Keratinocyte Cell Clusters for Skin Graft Applications by Templating Water-in-Water Pickering Emulsions.

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 about Controlling the antimicrobial action of surface modified magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles.

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 about Breathing new life into old antibiotics: Overcoming antibacterial resistance by antibiotic-loaded nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality.

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 about Bioimprint aided cell recognition and depletion of human leukemic HL60 cells from peripheral blood.

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 about Self-grafting copper oxide nanoparticles show a strong enhancement of their anti-algal and anti-yeast action.

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 about Boosting the antimicrobial action of vancomycin formulated in shellac nanoparticles of dual-surface functionality.

Two-step numerical approach to predict ferrofluid droplet generation and manipulation inside multilaminar flow chambers (2019)
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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 about Two-step numerical approach to predict ferrofluid droplet generation and manipulation inside multilaminar flow chambers.

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 about Hierarchically structured composites and porous materials from soft templates: fabrication and applications.