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Université de Fribourg

Characteristics and properties of nano-LiCoO2 synthesized by pre-organized single source precursors: Li-ion diffusivity, electrochemistry and biological assessment

Brog, Jean?Pierre ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Seydoux, Joël ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Baichette, Benoît ; Maharajan, Sivarajakumar ; Barosova, Hana ; Brodard, Pierre ; Spodaryk, Mariana ; Züttel, Andreas ; Rothen?Rutishauser, Barbara ; Kwon, Nam Hee ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 2017, vol. 15, p. 58

LiCoO₂ is one of the most used cathode materials in Li-ion batteries. Its conventional synthesis requires high temperature (>800 °C) and long heating time (>24 h) to obtain the micronscale rhombohedral layered high-temperature phase of LiCoO₂ (HT-LCO). Nanoscale HT-LCO is of interest to improve the battery performance as the lithium (Li⁺) ion pathway is expected to be shorter in...

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A novel technique to determine the cell type specific response within an in vitro co-culture model via multi-colour flow cytometry

Clift, Martin J. D. ; Fytianos, Kleanthis ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Hočevar, Sandra ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Scientific Reports, 2017, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 434

Determination of the cell type specific response is essential towards understanding the cellular mechanisms associated with disease states as well as assessing cell-based targeting of effective therapeutic agents. Recently, there have been increased calls for advanced in vitro multi-cellular models that provide reliable and valuable tools correlative to in vivo. In this pursuit the ability to...

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Combined exposure of diesel exhaust particles and respirable Soufrière Hills volcanic ash causes a (pro-)inflammatory response in an in vitro multicellular epithelial tissue barrier model

Tomašek, Ines ; Horwell, Claire J. ; Damby, David E. ; Barošová, Hana ; Geers, Christoph ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Clift, Martin J. D.

In: Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 2016, vol. 13, p. 67

There are justifiable health concerns regarding the potential adverse effects associated with human exposure to volcanic ash (VA) particles, especially when considering communities living in urban areas already exposed to heightened air pollution. The aim of this study was, therefore, to gain an imperative, first understanding of the biological impacts of respirable VA when exposed...

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Synthesis, characterization, antibacterial activity and cytotoxicity of hollow /TiO₂-coated CeO₂ nanocontainers encapsulating silver nanoparticles for controlled silver release

Gagnon, Jacinthe ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Widnersson, I. E. ; Abram, S.-L. ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Caruso, R. A. ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2016, vol. 4, no. 6, p. 1166–1174

Biomaterials as implants are being applied more extensively in medicine due to their on-going development and associated improvements, and the increase in human life expectancy. Nonetheless, biomaterial-related infections, as well as propagating bacterial resistance, remain significant issues. Therefore, there is a growing interest for silver-based drugs because of their efficient and broad-range...

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Integrating silver compounds and nanoparticles into ceria nanocontainers for antimicrobial applications

Gagnon, Jacinthe ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Kuhn, Dagmar Alice ; Weber, P. ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2015, vol. 3, no. 9, p. 1760–1768

Silver compounds and nanoparticles (NPs) are gaining increasing interest in medical applications, specifically in the treatment and prevention of biomaterial-related infections. However, the silver release from these materials, resulting in a limited antimicrobial activity, is often difficult to control. In this paper, ceria nanocontainers were synthesized by a template-assisted method and were...

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Fate of cellulose nanocrystal aerosols deposited on the lung cell surface in vitro

Endes, Carola ; Mueller, Silvana ; Kinnear, Calum ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Foster, E. Johan ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Weder, Christoph ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Biomacromolecules, 2015, vol. 16, no. 4, p. 1267–1275

When considering the inhalation of high-aspect ratio nanoparticles (HARN), the characterization of their specific interaction with lung cells is of fundamental importance to help categorize their potential hazard. The aim of the present study was to assess the interaction of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with a multicellular in vitro model of the epithelial airway barrier following realistic...

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A biological perspective toward the interaction of theranostic nanoparticles with the bloodstream – what needs to be considered?

Clift, Martin J. D. ; Dechézelles, Jean-François ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Chemical Engineering, 2015, vol. 3, p. 7

Nanomedicine intends to create and further use novel materials at the nanoscale in order to provide an improvement upon current medical applications for human healthcare (ESF, 2005; Etheridge et al., 2013). In line with the advances made within nanotechnology since the late twentieth century (Mamalis, 2007) nanomedicine has received heightened attention due to its potential advantages, most...

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Polyvinyl alcohol as a biocompatible alternative for the passivation of gold nanorods

Kinnear, Calum ; Burnand, David ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Kilbinger, Andreas F. M. ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, vol. 53, no. 46, p. 12613–12617

The functionalization of gold nanorods (GNRs) with polymers is essential for both their colloidal stability and biocompatibility. However, a bilayer of the toxic cationic surfactant cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) adsorbed on the nanorods complicates this process. Herein, we report on a strategy for the biocompatible functionalization of GNRs with a hydrophobic polymeric precursor,...

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Modeling nanoparticle–alveolar epithelial cell interactions under breathing conditions using captive bubble surfactometry

Schürch, David ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Raemy, David ; Aberasturi, Dorleta Jimenez de ; Parak, Wolfgang J. ; Gehr, Peter ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Langmuir, 2014, vol. 30, no. 17, p. 4924–4932

Many advances have been made in recent years in cell culture models of the epithelial barrier of the lung from simple monolayers to complex 3-D systems employing different cell types. However, the vast majority of these models still present a static air–liquid interface which is unrealistic given the dynamic nature of breathing. We present here a method where epithelial lung cells are...