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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

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

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

Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites: An investigation into fibre deformation and prestress mechanisms (2018)
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Wang, B., & Fancey, K. S. (2018). Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites: An investigation into fibre deformation and prestress mechanisms. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 111, 106-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.05.013

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd A viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composite (VPPMC) is produced by subjecting polymeric fibres to a creep load, which is removed before moulding the fibres into a polymeric matrix. The resulting fibre viscoelastic re... Read More

Electrochemical measurement of antibody­‐antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-­tagged antibodies (2018)
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Partington, L. I., Atkin, S. L., Kilpatrick, E. S., Morris, S. H., Piper, M., Lawrence, N. S., & Wadhawan, J. D. (2018). Electrochemical measurement of antibody­‐antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-­tagged antibodies. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 819, 533-541. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelechem.2018.02.062

The thermodynamics and kinetics of antigen binding under diffusive conditions to an electrode surface modified with ferrocene-tagged antibodies is studied within this work, and realised experimentally for the case of human chorionic gonadotropin (hGC... 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

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

Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable lignin nanoparticles with tunable surface properties (2016)
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Richter, A. P., Bharti, B., Armstrong, H. B., Brown, J. S., Plemmons, D., Paunov, V. N., …Velev, O. D. (2016). Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable lignin nanoparticles with tunable surface properties. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 32(25), 6468-6477. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01088

Lignin nanoparticles can serve as biodegradable carriers of biocidal actives with minimal environmental footprint. Here we describe the colloidal synthesis and interfacial design of nanoparticles with tunable surface properties using two different li... Read More