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Recovery study of gold nanoparticle markers from lateral flow immunoassays
Tilen Švarc, Peter Majerič, Darja Feizpour, Žiga Jelen, Matej Zadravec, Timi Gomboc, Rebeka Rudolf, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: Lateral flow immunoassays (LFIAs) are a simple diagnostic device used to detect targeted analytes. Wasted and unused rapid antigen lateral flow immunoassays represent mass waste that needs to be broken down and recycled into new material components. The aim of this study was to recover gold nanoparticles that are used as markers in lateral flow immunoassays. For this purpose, a dissolution process with aqua regia was utilised, where gold nanoparticles were released from the lateral flow immunoassay conjugate pads. The obtained solution was then concentrated further with gold chloride salt (HAuCl4) so that it could be used for the synthesis of new gold nanoparticles in the process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP). Various characterisation methods including scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and optical emission spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma were used during this study. The results of this study showed that the recovery of gold nanoparticles from lateral flow immunoassays is possible, and the newly synthesised gold nanoparticles represent the possibility for incorporation into new products.
Ključne besede: gold nanoparticles, recovery, LFIA, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, characterisation
Objavljeno v DKUM: 09.02.2024; Ogledov: 45; Prenosov: 2
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Polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilised gold nanoparticle coatings inhibit blood protein adsorption
Hanuma Reddy Tiyyagura, Matej Bračič, Rebeka Rudolf, 2024, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: In this work, the ability of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-stabilised gold nanoparticle (AuNP) coatings to inhibit blood protein adsorption was evaluated by studying timeresolved solid–liquid interactions of the coatings with the model blood protein bovine serum albumin (BSA). Inhibiting unspecific blood protein adsorption is of crucial importance for blood-contacting implant devices, e.g. vascular grafts, stents, artificial joints, and others, as a preventive strategy for bacterial biofilm formation. A quartz crystal microbalance was used in this work to coat the AuNPs on piezoelectric sensors and to follow time-resolved solid–liquid interactions with the proteins. The AuNP coatings were evaluated for their wettability by contact angle measurements, their surface morphology by lightand atomic force microscopy, and their chemical composition by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Results revealed a homogeneous distribution of AuNPs on the sensor surface with a dry mass coverage of 3.37 ± 1.46 µg/cm2 and a contact angle of 25.2 ± 1.1°. Solid–liquid interaction studies by quartz crystal microbalance showed a high repellence of BSA from the PVP-stabilised AuNP coatings and the importance of the PVP in the mechanism of repellence. Furthermore, the conformation of the polymer on the coatings as well as its viscoelastic properties were revealed. Finally, the activated partial thrombin time test and fibrinogen adsorption studies revealed that the AuNPs do not accelerate blood coagulation and can partially inhibit the adhesion of fibrinogen, which is a crucial factor in the common blood coagulation cascade. Such AuNPs have the potential to be used in blood-contact medical applications.
Ključne besede: gold nanoparticles, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, haemocompatibility, protein adsorption, quartz crystal microbalance
Objavljeno v DKUM: 30.01.2024; Ogledov: 60; Prenosov: 4
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Reconstruction of a fluid bed device for separating granular material from the grinding process of rapid antigen tests
Miha Jordan, Tilen Švarc, Peter Majerič, Rebeka Rudolf, Matej Zadravec, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: The article includes the study and reconstruction of a fluid bed device with the purpose of separating the granular material from the grinding process of rapid antigen tests. The following techniques were performed, with the purpose of characterisation of the ground particles: sieve analysis, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The paper includes experimental testing of a simplified separation process with zeolite spheres and paper strips, supported by a numerical model. The flow conditions’ impact on the behaviour and interactions of particles of the considered problem were simulated using coupled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the discrete element method (DEM) approach. The separation process of zeolite spheres and paper strips was found to be efficient. The simulation results showed the appropriate behaviour of the particles during the process. We explained the results’ deviations, and we also presented the shortcomings and possible improvements. Further research is required to define the adequacy of the process, while using actual ground material of rapid antigen tests.
Ključne besede: rapid antigen tests, nanomaterials, fluidised bed, computational fluid dynamics, discrete element method, characterisation
Objavljeno v DKUM: 05.01.2024; Ogledov: 141; Prenosov: 8
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Melting point of dried gold nanoparticles prepared with ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and lyophilisation
Žiga Jelen, Marcin Krajewski, Franc Zupanič, Peter Majerič, Tilen Švarc, Ivan Anžel, Jernej Ekar, Sz-Chian Liou, Jerzy Kubacki, Mateusz Tokarczyk, Rebeka Rudolf, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: A coupled process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and lyophilisation was used for the synthesis of dried gold nanoparticles. Two methods were applied for determining their melting temperature: uniaxial microcompression and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Uniaxial microcompression resulted in sintering of the dried gold nanoparticles at room temperature with an activation energy of 26–32.5 J/g, which made it impossible to evaluate their melting point. Using DSC, the melting point of the dried gold nanoparticles was measured to be around 1064.3°C, which is close to pure gold. The reason for the absence of a melting point depression in dried gold nanoparticles was their exothermic sintering between 712 and 908.1°C.
Ključne besede: gold nanoparticles, melting point, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, characterisation
Objavljeno v DKUM: 08.12.2023; Ogledov: 166; Prenosov: 12
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Study of gold nanoparticles conjugated with SARS-CoV-2 S1 spike protein fragments
Žiga Jelen, Janez Kovač, Rebeka Rudolf, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: This study reports on the successful conjugation of SARS-CoV-2 S1 spike protein fragments with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) that were synthesised with Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis (USP). This method enables the continuous synthesis of AuNPs with a high degree of purity, round shapes, and the formation of a surface that allows various modifications. The conjugation mechanism of USP synthesized AuNPs with SARS-CoV-2 S1 spike protein fragments was investigated. A gel electrophoresis experiment confirmed the successful conjugation of AuNPs with SARS-CoV-2 S1 fragments indirectly. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the presence of characteristic O1s and N1s peaks, which indicated that specific binding between AuNPs and SARS-CoV-2 S1 spike protein fragments takes place via a peptide bond formed with the citrate stabiliser. This bond is coordinated to the AuNP’s surface and the N-terminals of the protein, with the conjugate displaying the expected response within a prototype LFIA test. This study will help in better understanding the behaviour of AuNPs synthesised with USP and their potential use as sensors in colorimetric or electrochemical sensors and LFIA tests.
Ključne besede: gold nanoparticles, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, conjugation, SARS-CoV-2 S1, characterisation
Objavljeno v DKUM: 07.12.2023; Ogledov: 163; Prenosov: 9
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Rekonstrukcija naprave za lebdeči sloj z namenom separacije mlevine hitrih antigenskih testov : magistrsko delo
Miha Jordan, 2023, magistrsko delo

Opis: Magistrsko delo obsega študij ter rekonstrukcijo naprave za lebdeči sloj z namenom ločevanja mlevine hitrih antigenskih testov. Z namenom karakterizacije mlevine so bile izvedene sledeče tehnike: sejalna analiza, rentgenska fluorescenčna spektrometrija, vrstična elektronska mikroskopija, energijsko disperzijska spektroskopija rentgenskih žarkov ter presevna elektronska mikroskopija. Zaključno delo zajema eksperimentalno testiranje poenostavljenega procesa separacije z zeolitnimi kroglicami in papirnatimi lističi, podkrepljeno z numeričnim modelom. Tokovne razmere obravnavanega problema so bile simulirane s pomočjo računalniške dinamike tekočin (RDT), obnašanje ter interakcije delcev pa z metodo diskretnih elementov (DEM). Ugotovljeno je bilo, da je proces ločevanja zeolitnih kroglic in papirnatih lističev učinkovit. Rezultati simulacije so pokazali ustrezno obnašanje delcev tekom procesa. Odstopanja rezultatov so razložena, predstavljene pa so tudi pomanjkljivosti ter možne izboljšave. Za opredelitev ustreznosti procesa ob uporabi dejanske mlevine hitrih antigenskih testov bi bilo potrebno nadaljnje raziskovalno delo.
Ključne besede: hitri antigenski testi, nanomateriali, krožno gospodarstvo, lebdeči sloj, računalniška dinamika tekočin, metoda diskretnih elementov
Objavljeno v DKUM: 22.09.2023; Ogledov: 300; Prenosov: 59
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Comparative study of the microstructure and properties of cast-fabricated and 3D-printed laser-sintered Co–Cr alloys for removable partial denture frameworks
Dejan Stamenković, Miljana Popović, Rebeka Rudolf, Milorad Zrilić, Karlo Raić, Kosovka Obradović-Đuričić, Dragoslav Stamenković, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: Since additive technologies in dentistry are gradually replacing metal casting technology, it is necessary to evaluate new dental constructions intended for the development of removable partial denture frameworks. The aim of this research was to evaluate the microstructure and mechanical properties of 3D-printed, laser-melted and -sintered Co–Cr alloys, and perform a comparative study with Co–Cr castings for the same dental purposes. The experiments were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of samples produced by conventional casting of the Co–Cr alloy. The second group consisted of 3D-printed, laser-melted and -sintered specimens produced from a Co–Cr alloy powder divided into three subgroups, depending on the technological parameters chosen for manufacturing (angle, location and heat treatment). Examination of the microstructure was carried out by classical metallographic sample preparation, using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis. A structural phase analysis was also performed by XRD. The mechanical properties were determined using a standard tensile test. The microstructure observation showed a dendritic character in the case of castings, while in the case of 3D-printed, laser-melted and -sintered Co–Cr alloys, the microstructure was typical for additive technologies. The XRD phase analysis confirmed the presence of Co–Cr phases (ε and γ). The results of the tensile test showed remarkably higher yield and tensile strength values and slightly lower elongation of the 3D-printed, laser-melted and -sintered samples than those produced by conventional casting.
Ključne besede: Co–Cr dental alloys, 3D printing, laser melting and sintering, casting, microstructure, mechanical properties, characterization
Objavljeno v DKUM: 21.04.2023; Ogledov: 302; Prenosov: 24
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Physicochemical properties of gold nanoparticles for skin care creams
Peter Majerič, Zorana Jović, Tilen Švarc, Žiga Jelen, Andrej Horvat, Djuro Koruga, Rebeka Rudolf, 2023, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have now been used in skin care creams for several years, with marketed anti-aging, moisturizing, and regenerative properties. Information on the harmful effects of these nanoparticles is lacking, a concern for the use of AuNPs as cosmetic ingredients. Testing AuNPs without the medium of a cosmetic product is a typical method for obtaining this information, which is mainly dependent on their size, shape, surface charge, and dose. As these properties depend on the surrounding medium, nanoparticles should be characterized in a skin cream without extraction from the cream’s complex medium as it may alter their physicochemical properties. The current study compares the sizes, morphology, and surface changes of produced dried AuNPs with a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) stabilizer and AuNPs embedded in a cosmetic cream using a variety of characterization techniques (TEM, SEM, DLS, zeta potential, BET, UV–vis). The results show no observable differences in their shapes and sizes (spherical and irregular, average size of 28 nm) while their surface charges changed in the cream, indicating no major modification of their primary sizes, morphology, and the corresponding functional properties. They were present as individually dispersed nanoparticles and as groups or clusters of physically separated primary nanoparticles in both dry form and cream medium, showing suitable stability. Examination of AuNPs in a cosmetic cream is challenging due to the required conditions of various characterization techniques but necessary for obtaining a clear understanding of the AuNPs’ properties in cosmetic products as the surrounding medium is a critical factor for determining their beneficial or harmful effects in cosmetic products.
Ključne besede: gold nanoparticles, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, freeze drying, characterization, creams
Objavljeno v DKUM: 19.04.2023; Ogledov: 453; Prenosov: 41
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Proces sinteze nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3 z ultrazvočno razpršilno pirolizo in liofilizacijo : magistrsko delo
Tilen Švarc, 2022, magistrsko delo

Opis: Magistrsko delo obsega proces sinteze nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3 z ultrazvočno razpršilno pirolizo in liofilizacijo, študijo vpliva tehnoloških parametrov na sestavo delcev nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3 in vpliva stabilizatorja na potek sušenja. Za karakterizacijo nanokompozita so bile uporabljene naslednje tehnike: analiza z induktivno sklopljeno plazmo z masnim spektrometrom, vrstična elektronska mikroskopija, energijsko disperzijska spektroskopija, presevna elektronska mikroskopija, CIELAB meritve barve in optična mikroskopija. Suspenzija nanokompozita je bila analizirana s pomočjo dinamičnega sipanja svetlobe. Raziskan je bil vpliv koncentracije vhodnih surovin itrijeva in nikljeva nitrata pri nespremenjenih procesnih pogojih na kemijsko sestavo in velikost delcev nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3. Ugotovljeno je bilo, da povečana koncentracija stabilizatorja v procesu ultrazvočne razpršilne pirolize vpliva na bolj homogeno porazdelitev delcev nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3 v končnem osušenem materialu. Povečanje koncentracije stabilizatorja vpliva na daljši čas sušenja v procesu liofilizacije, saj so eksperimenti potrdili, da se suspenzija delcev nanokompozita Ni/Y2O3 z nižjo koncentracijo stabilizatorja posuši bistveno hitreje.
Ključne besede: ultrazvočna razpršilna piroliza, liofilizacija, nanokompozit, karakterizacija
Objavljeno v DKUM: 07.09.2022; Ogledov: 474; Prenosov: 108
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