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Synthesis and applications of nanocontainers and nanorattles

Abram, Sarah-Luise ; Yep, Philippe ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 2019, vol. 73, no. 1, p. 12–16

Nanorattles and hollow nanocontainers have unique properties related to the presence of a void space inside the shell, which has been shown to improve the properties of materials for e.g. catalysis, drug release, sensor materials or lithium ion batteries. This article summarizes our recent progress in the synthesis of hollow silica, titania and ceria nanorattles and nanocontainers, eventually...

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Handling (nano)silver as antimicrobial agent: therapeutic window, dissolution dynamics, detection methods and molecular interactions

Abram, Sarah‐Luise ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Chemistry – A European Journal, 2020, vol. 26, no. 48, p. 10948–10971

Silver is an antimicrobial agent well known since antiquity. With the emergence of multiresistant bacteria, it has come back into the focus of research, and ionic as well as nano‐sized silver have been studied in vitro and in vivo. The results are controversial, silver being discussed as the “silver bullet” or a “wolf in sheep's clothing”. A thorough search of literature from...

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Ag Nanoencapsulation for Antimicrobial Applications

Abram, Sarah-Luise ; Gagnon, Jacinthe ; Priebe, Magdalena ; Hérault, Nelly ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 2018, vol. 72, no. 4, p. 249–252

Biomaterial-related infections remain a significant challenge in medicine. Antimicrobial materials on the basis of Ag nanoparticles represent a promising solution for this issue. Therefore several Ag-containing nanocontainers and nanorattles have been synthesized and characterized that exhibit remarkable control over the release of Ag+ as antimicrobial active species. Their biological...

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Puckering behavior in six new phosphoric triamides containing aliphatic six- and seven-membered ring groups and a database survey of analogous ring-containing structures

Alviri, Banafsheh Vahdani ; Pourayoubi, Mehrdad ; Saneei, Anahid ; Keikha, Mojtaba ; Lee, Arie van der ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Ajees, A. Abdul ; Nečas, Marek ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Damodaran, Krishnan ; Jenny, Titus A.

In: Tetrahedron, 2018, vol. 74, no. 1, p. 28–41

The influence of a N heteroatom on the ring conformations of six- and seven- membered aliphatic rings in six new C(O)NHP(O)-based phosphoric triamide structures (analysed by X-ray crystallography) is investigated. Additionally the influence of steric and crystal packing effects is also studied by the analysis of Hirshfeld surfaces. The results are compared to analogous structures with three-...

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Controlled tautomerism – switching caused by an ‘underground’ anionic effect

Antonov, Liudmil ; Deneva, Vera ; Kurteva, Vanya ; Nedeltcheva, Daniela ; Crochet, Aurelien ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: RSC Advances, 2013, vol. 3, no. 47, p. 25410–25416

In a previous communication, we demonstrated a conceptual idea for a tautomeric switching system based on implementation of a flexible piperidine unit in 4-(phenyldiazenyl)naphthalen-1-ol (1). The results showed that a directed shift in the position of the tautomeric equilibrium can be achieved through protonation/deprotonation in a number of solvents. However, the effect of the counter ion in...

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Controlled tautomeric switching in azonaphthols tuned by substituents on the phenyl ring

Antonov, Liudmil ; Deneva, Vera ; Simeonov, Svilen ; Kurteva, Vanya ; Crochet, Aurelien ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Shivachev, Boris ; Nikolova, Rositsa ; Savarese, Marika ; Adamo, Carlo

In: ChemPhysChem, 2015, vol. 16, no. 3, p. 649–657

A series of new tautomeric azonaphthols are synthesized and the possibilities for molecular switching are investigated using molecular spectroscopy, X-ray analysis and density functional theory quantum chemical calculations. Two opposite effects that influence switching are studied: attaching a piperidine sidearm, and adding substituents to the phenyl ring. On the one hand, the attached...

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Tautomerism in 1-phenylazo-4-naphthols: experimental results vs quantum-chemical predictions

Antonov, Liudmil ; Kurteva, Vanya ; Crochet, Aurelien ; Mirolo, Laurent ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Angelova, Silvia

In: Dyes and Pigments, 2012, vol. 92, no. 1, p. 714–723

The reliability in the description of the tautomerism of 1-phenylazo-4-naphthol by using of HF and MP2 ab initio levels of theory and DFT methods with variety of pure GGA (OLYP), hybrid (B3LYP and B3PW91), long range corrected (LC-BLYP) and double-hybrid (B2PLYP and mPW2PLYP) functionals with large number of basis sets was estimated. In this evaluation three criteria were used: reproduction of...

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Tautocrowns: a concept for a sensing molecule with an active side-arm

Antonov, Liudmil M. ; Kurteva, Vanya B. ; Simeonov, Svilen P. ; Deneva, Vera V. ; Crochet, Aurelien ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Tetrahedron, 2010, vol. 66, no. 24, p. 4292-4297

A new sensing molecule containing aza-15-crown-5 as a receptor and 4-(phenyldiazenyl)naphthalen-1-ol as a signal converter has been synthesized. In the free ligand, the hydrogen bonding between the tautomeric OH group and the nitrogen atom from the macrocycle fully shifts the tautomeric equilibrium towards the enol form. The complexation reverses the equilibrium as a result of the strong...

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Combating implant infections. Remarks by a women’s team

Arciola, C. R. ; Balaban, N. ; Baldassarri, L. ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Hänsch, G. M. ; Obst, U. ; Presterl, E. ; Stefani, S. ; Verran, J. ; Visai, L.

In: The International Journal of Artificial Organs, 2008, vol. 31, p. 858 - 864

Research on implant infections requires cooperative efforts and integration between basic and clinical expertises. An international group of women scientists is acting together in this field. The main research topics of the participants of this group are described. Formation of bacterial biofilms, antibiotic resistance and production of virulence factors like adhesins and toxins are investigated....

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Kinetics of ion transport through supramolecular channels in single crystals

Assouma, Cyrille D. ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Chérémond, Yvens ; Giese, Bernd ; Fromm, Katharina M.

In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, vol. 52, no. 17, p. 4682–4685

Single-crystal to single-crystal transformations are possible by ion-exchange and transport reactions through supramolecular channels that are composed of crown ether molecules and use trihalide ions as scaffolds. Kinetic measurements of ion transport at different temperatures provide activation energy data and show that a very fast.