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Particle surfaces to study macrophage adherence, migration, and clearance

Septiadi, Dedy ; Lee, Aaron ; Spuch‐Calvar, Miguel ; Moore, Thomas Lee ; Spiaggia, Giovanni ; Abdussalam, Wildan ; Rodriguez‐Lorenzo, Laura ; Taladriz‐Blanco, Patricia ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri‐Fink, Alke

In: Advanced Functional Materials, 2020, p. 2002630

Nanoparticle adsorption to substrates pose a unique challenge to understand uptake mechanisms as it involves the organization of complex cytoskeletal components by cells to perform endocytosis/phagocytosis. In particular, it is not well‐understood from a cell mechanics perspective how the adhesion of particles on substrate will influence the ease of material clearance. By using a particle...

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Versatile macroscale concentration gradients of nanoparticles in soft nanocomposites

Taladriz‐Blanco, Patricia ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri‐Fink, Alke ; Balog, Sandor

In: Small, 2020, vol. 16, no. 6, p. 1905192

Nanocomposite materials benefit from the diverse physicochemical properties featured by nanoparticles, and the presence of nanoparticle concentration gradients can lend functions to macroscopic materials beyond the realm of classical nanocomposites. It is shown here that linearity and time‐shift invariance obtained via the synergism of two independent physical phenomena—translational...

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Polydopamine nanoparticle doped nanofluid for solar thermal energy collector efficiency increase

Hauser, Daniel ; Steinmetz, Lukas ; Balog, Sandor ; Taladriz‐Blanco, Patricia ; Septiadi, Dedy ; Wilts, Bodo D. ; Petri‐Fink, Alke ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2020, vol. 4, no. 1, p. 1900101

Polydopamine can form black nanoparticles and has recently been gaining attention due to its extraordinary heating properties upon excitation with light. Herein, polydopamine hybrid nanoparticles are synthesized in different sizes and subsequently added to a solar fluid to analyze heating ability. The solar fluids with the differently sized hybrid polydopamine particles are compared to a...

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Lock‐in thermography to analyze plasmonic nanoparticle dispersions

Steinmetz, Lukas ; Taladriz‐Blanco, Patricia ; Geers, Christoph ; Spuch‐Calvar, Miguel ; Bonmarin, Mathias ; Balog, Sandor ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara ; Petri‐Fink, Alke

In: Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 2019, p. 1900224

The physicochemical properties of nanoparticles (NPs) strongly rely on their colloidal stability, and any given dispersion can display remarkably different features, depending on whether it contains single particles or clusters. Thus, developing efficient experimental methods that are able to provide accurate and reproducible measures of the NP properties is a considerable challenge for both...

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Revealing the role of epithelial mechanics and macrophage clearance during pulmonary epithelial injury recovery in the presence of carbon nanotubes

Septiadi, Dedy ; Abdussalam, Wildan ; Rodriguez‐Lorenzo, Laura ; Spuch‐Calvar, Miguel ; Bourquin, Joël ; Petri‐Fink, Alke ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Advanced Materials, 2018, vol. 30, no. 52, p. 1806181

Wound healing assays are extensively used to study tissue repair mechanisms; they are typically performed by means of physical (i.e., mechanical, electrical, or optical) detachment of the cells in order to create an open space in which live cells can lodge. Herein, an advanced system based on extensive photobleaching‐induced apoptosis; providing a powerful tool to understand the repair...