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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.

Biphasic Biocatalysis using a CO2-Switchable Pickering Emulsion (2019)
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Yu, S., Zhang, D., Jiang, J., Cui, Z., Xia, W., Binks, B., & Yang, H. (2019). Biphasic Biocatalysis using a CO2-Switchable Pickering Emulsion. Green chemistry : an international journal and green chemistry resource : GC, 21(15), 4062-4068. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8gc03879a

Recyclable biphasic biocatalysis such as the hydrolysis of olive oil and the esterification of octanol with oleic acid were performed in a CO2/N2-switchable Pickering oil-in-water emulsion stabilized by silica nanoparticles hydrophobized in-situ by a... Read More about Biphasic Biocatalysis using a CO2-Switchable Pickering Emulsion.

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.

Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes (2019)
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Johnston, S. K., Bryant, T. A., Strong, J., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2019). Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes. ChemCatChem, 11(12), 2909-2918. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900391

Selective hydrogenation (semi-hydrogenation) reactions of alkynes rely on Pd-based catalysts to provide the correct pathway to favour formation of double bonds and avoid full hydrogenation to single bonds. Here, we present the preparation and charact... Read More about Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes.

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.

Cyclotrimerization of alkynes catalyzed by a self-supported cyclic tri-nuclear nickel(0) complex with α-diimine ligands (2019)
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Shen, L., Zhao, Y., Luo, Q., Li, Q., Liu, B., Redshaw, C., …Yang, X. (2019). Cyclotrimerization of alkynes catalyzed by a self-supported cyclic tri-nuclear nickel(0) complex with α-diimine ligands. Dalton transactions : an international journal of inorganic chemistry / RSoC, 48(14), 4643-4649. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9dt00819e

A cyclic tri-nuclear α-diimine nickel(0) complex [{Ni(μ-LMe-2,4)}3] (2) was synthesized from a “pre-organized”, trimerized trigonal LNiBr2-type precursor [Ni3(μ2-Br)3(μ3-Br)2(LMe-2,4)3]·Br (1; LMe-2,4 = [(2,4-Me2C6H3)NC(Me)]2). In complex 2, the α-di... Read More about Cyclotrimerization of alkynes catalyzed by a self-supported cyclic tri-nuclear nickel(0) complex with α-diimine ligands.

Pickering emulsion-enhanced interfacial biocatalysis: tailored alginate microparticles act as particulate emulsifier and enzyme carrier (2019)
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Yang, X., Wang, Y., Bai, R., Ma, H., Wang, W., Sun, H., …Meng, T. (2019). Pickering emulsion-enhanced interfacial biocatalysis: tailored alginate microparticles act as particulate emulsifier and enzyme carrier. Green chemistry : an international journal and green chemistry resource : GC, 21, 2229-2233. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8GC03573C

A robust Pickering emulsion stabilized by lipase-immobilized alginate gel microparticles with a coating of silanized titania nanoparticles is developed for biphasic biocatalysis. The good recyclability and high stability of the proposed interfacial c... Read More about Pickering emulsion-enhanced interfacial biocatalysis: tailored alginate microparticles act as particulate emulsifier and enzyme carrier.

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 about Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine.

Lyotropic 'hairy' TiO2 nanorods (2018)
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Cheng, F., Verrelli, E., Alharthi, F. A., Kelly, S. M., O'Neill, M., Kemp, N. T., …Anthopoulos, T. (2019). Lyotropic 'hairy' TiO2 nanorods. Nanoscale advances, 1(1), 254-264. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8na00054a

We report the synthesis of the first stable, solution-processable and photocrosslinkable hybrid organic/inorganic titanium dioxide nanorods as ‘hairy rods’ coated with phosphonate ligands with photoreactive coumarin groups located in a terminal posit... Read More about Lyotropic 'hairy' TiO2 nanorods.

Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity (2018)
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Jones, N. E., Burnett, C. A., Salamon, S., Landers, J., Wende, H., Lazzarini, L., …Francesconi, M. G. (2018). Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 6(22), 3665-3673. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8tb00360b

Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) are being actively researched and experimented with as contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as image-directed delivery of therapeutics. The efficiency of an MRI contrast agent can be described... Read More about Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity.

A hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene-based ditopic receptor for alkylammonium ions controlled by Ag + ions 4 (2018)
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Georghiou, P., Elsegood, M., Teat, S., Elsegood, M. R., Jiang, X., Ikejiri, Y., …Yamato, T. (2018). A hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene-based ditopic receptor for alkylammonium ions controlled by Ag + ions 4. Molecules, 23(2), 467. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23020467

A receptor cone-1 based on a hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene bearing three pyridyl groups 21 was successfully synthesized, which has a C3-symmetric conformation and is capable of binding 22 alkylammonium and metal ions simultaneously in a cooperative fas... Read More about A hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene-based ditopic receptor for alkylammonium ions controlled by Ag + ions 4.

Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality (2017)
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Al-Awady, M. J., Fauchet, A., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 5(38), 7885-7897. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7tb02262j

We report a strong enhancement in the antimicrobial action of berberine encapsulated into polyacrylic acid-based nanogels followed by further surface functionalisation with a cationic polyelectrolyte (PDAC). Due to the highly developed surface area,... Read More about Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality.

An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates (2017)
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Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates. RSC advances, 7(72), 45535-45544 . https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra08590g

© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We report a binary hydrogel system made from two food grade biopolymers, agar and methylcellulose (agar-MC), which does not require addition of salt for gelation to occur and has very unusual rheological and the... Read More about An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates.

Theoretical study of the CO2 adsorption by Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs) (2017)
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Izzaouihda, S., Abou El Makarim, H., Benoit, D. M., & Komiha, N. (2017). Theoretical study of the CO2 adsorption by Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs). Journal of physical chemistry. C, 121(37), 20259-20265. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04977

Density functional theory with Grimme's empirical correction, DFT-D3, has been used to examine the adsorption of a carbon dioxide molecule by different sets of zeolitic imidazolate framework materials (ZIF-1 to -4, -6 to -10, and -zni). We have calcu... Read More about Theoretical study of the CO2 adsorption by Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs).

Synthesis and structure of the inclusion complex {NdQ[5]K@Q[10](H₂O)4}·4NO₃·20H₂O (2017)
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Chen, L. X., Kan, J. L., Cong, H., Prior, T. J., Tao, Z., Xiao, X., & Redshaw, C. (2017). Synthesis and structure of the inclusion complex {NdQ[5]K@Q[10](H₂O)4}·4NO₃·20H₂O. Molecules, 22(7), 1147 . https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules22071147

Heating a mixture of Nd(NO₃)₃·6H₂O, KCl, Q[10] and Q[5] in HCl for 10 min affords the inclusion complex {NdQ[5]K@Q[10](H₂O)₄}·4NO₃·20H₂O. The structure of the inclusion complex has been investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction and by X-ray Ph... Read More about Synthesis and structure of the inclusion complex {NdQ[5]K@Q[10](H₂O)4}·4NO₃·20H₂O.

Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance (2017)
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Johnston, S. K., Cherkasov, N., Perez-Barrado, E., Aho, A., Murzin, D. Y., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance. Applied catalysis. A, General, 544, 40-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.005

The two catalysts Pd₃Sn/TiO₂and Pd3Sn/ZnO were prepared via a one-pot procedure based on the “polyol method” with the addition of a capping agent (polyvinylpyrrolidone) to control the particle size distribution. The same procedure was used to prepare... Read More about Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance.

Interconvertible geometric isomers of Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitors exhibit multiple binding modes (2017)
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Boa, A. N., McConkey, G. A., Bedingfield, P. T., Burrell, D. R., Chambers, N. C., Cunningham, F., …Boa, A. N. (2017). Interconvertible geometric isomers of Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitors exhibit multiple binding modes. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 27(16), 3878-3882. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bmcl.2017.06.052

Two new tricyclic β-aminoacrylate derivatives (2e and 3e) have been found to be inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (PfDHODH) with Ki 0.037 and 0.15 μM respectively. 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopic data show that these compo... Read More about Interconvertible geometric isomers of Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitors exhibit multiple binding modes.

Use of metal catalysts bearing Schiff base macrocycles for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters (2017)
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Redshaw, C. (2017). Use of metal catalysts bearing Schiff base macrocycles for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters. Catalysts, 7(5), https://doi.org/10.3390/catal7050165

© 2017 by the authors. Schiff base macrocycles are emerging as useful scaffolds for binding two or more catalytic metals in close proximity. Such coordination chemistry allows for the evaluation of potentially beneficial catalytic cooperative effects... Read More about Use of metal catalysts bearing Schiff base macrocycles for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters.

Synthesis and fluorescence emission properties of D-π-D monomers based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]thiophene (2017)
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Wang, C., Do, J., Akther, T., Feng, X., Matsumoto, T., Tanaka, J., …Yamato, T. (2017). Synthesis and fluorescence emission properties of D-π-D monomers based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]thiophene. Journal of Luminescence, 188(388), 388-393 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlumin.2017.04.060

We herein present four highly fluorescent and stable D-π-D monomers (2), which were designed and synthesized using different types of aryl substituent as the donor via a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction. We have studied these four symmetrical chromop... Read More about Synthesis and fluorescence emission properties of D-π-D monomers based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]thiophene.


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