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Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies Based On Amphiphilic Polymers And Hybrid Materials, Longyu Li Nov 2015

Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies Based On Amphiphilic Polymers And Hybrid Materials, Longyu Li

Doctoral Dissertations

The design and synthesis of responsive supramolecular assemblies are of great interest due to their applications in a variety of areas such as drug delivery and sensing. We have developed a facile method to prepare self-crosslinking disulfide-based nanogels derived from an amphiphilic random copolymer containing a hydrophilic oligo-(ethylene glycol)-based side-chain functionality and a hydrophobic pyridyl disulfide functional group. This thesis first provides a concept of studying the influence of Hofmeister ions on the size and guest encapsulation stability of a polymeric nanogel. The size and core density of nanogel can be fine-tuned through the addition of both chaotropes ...


Design And Synthesis Of Polymeric Nanoparticles For Drug And Protein Delivery, Judy A. Ventura Aug 2015

Design And Synthesis Of Polymeric Nanoparticles For Drug And Protein Delivery, Judy A. Ventura

Doctoral Dissertations

Nanoparticles are emerging as carriers in biological applications due to advances in their preparation, size control, surface modification and encapsulation capabilities. In addition, nanomaterials improve bioavailability by enhancing aqueous solubility of the guest molecule and increasing resistance time in the body. However, the delivery of guest molecules is still challenging due to the intrinsic characteristics of the guest molecule including large size and propensity to denature or degradation in the case of biomolecules and the encapsulation stability of the small guest molecules.

Our group recently reported the preparation of self-cross-linked polymeric nanogels possessing surface functionalization capabilities. In this dissertation we ...


Transferrin-Based Therapeutics And Analytical Methods To Characterize Them, Son N. Nguyen Aug 2015

Transferrin-Based Therapeutics And Analytical Methods To Characterize Them, Son N. Nguyen

Doctoral Dissertations

Modern development of medicine requires detailed characterization by state-of-the art analytical techniques that can be used to analyze covalent structure, conformations and protein-receptor interaction to quantitatively measure biodistribution of protein therapeutics. Mass spectrometry has already become an indispensable tool facilitating all stages of protein drug development. Particularly, this work has demonstrated the tremendous potential of electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry (MS) in this arena by providing invaluable information beyond mass measurement that can be used to optimize protein drug conjugate structures during early stages of development, and to further catalyze drug design efforts. Additionally, a new sensitive and selective method ...


Nanoparticle Building Blocks For Functional Structures, Youngdo Jeong Nov 2014

Nanoparticle Building Blocks For Functional Structures, Youngdo Jeong

Doctoral Dissertations

A major goal in material science is achieving a desired function using structures fabricated with designed building blocks. Advanced synthetic and self-assembly techniques allow various nanomaterials to become promising building blocks, providing the control of the interaction between building blocks. The unique properties of nanomaterials can be transferred to structured systems. Among nanomaterials, inorganic nanoparticles such as gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), magnetic particles, and quantum dots (QDs) provide useful physical properties stemming from their inorganic core, large surface areas, and oriented surface functionalities. My research has focused on fabricating functional systems using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), manipulating the interaction between AuNPs, bio-entities ...


Ligand-Receptor Interactions For Supramolecular Disassembly With Applications In Screening And Drug Delivery, Diego Amado Torres Aug 2014

Ligand-Receptor Interactions For Supramolecular Disassembly With Applications In Screening And Drug Delivery, Diego Amado Torres

Doctoral Dissertations

Proteins have the capacity to bind specific sets of compounds known as ligands, these are small molecules with a recurrent theme in their molecular design that is a characteristic exploited here to (i) identify particular affinities of small molecules for proteins with the aim of using them as ligands, inhibitors, or targeting moieties in more complex systems by means of a methodology that screens small molecules based on protein affinity; (ii) decorate a self-assembling supramolecular system at different positions, making it responsive to a complementary protein with the aim of exploring differences in disassembly and sensitivity of the release of ...