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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

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. (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

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 boost of their action as anti-algal and a... 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

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

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

Colloid particle formulations for antimicrobial applications (2017)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Colloid particle formulations for antimicrobial applications. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 249, 134-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2017.05.012

Colloidal particles are being extensively studied in various antimicrobial applications due to their small size to volume ratio and ability to exhibit a wide spectrum of antibacterial, antifungal, antialgal and antiviral action. The present review fo... Read More

Preparation and attachment of liquid-infused porous supra-particles to liquid interfaces (2016)
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Al-Shehri, H., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2016). Preparation and attachment of liquid-infused porous supra-particles to liquid interfaces. Soft matter, 12(40), 8375-8387. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6sm01651k

© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We prepared model porous composite supra-particles and investigated the effect of the initial infused fluid phase on their attachment at the liquid-fluid interface. We used a simple method for fabrication of mil... Read More

Attachment of composite porous supra-particles to air–water and oil–water interfaces: theory and experiment (2016)
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Paunov, V. N., Al-Shehri, H., & Horozov, T. S. (2016). Attachment of composite porous supra-particles to air–water and oil–water interfaces: theory and experiment. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 18(38), 26495-26508. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cp05453f

We developed and tested a theoretical model for the attachment of fluid-infused porous supra-particles to a fluid–liquid interface. We considered the wetting behaviour of agglomerated clusters of particles, typical of powdered materials dispersed in... Read More