The EMNS Lab is part of the Chemistry and Materials Science Department of the Brussels School of Engineering (Ecole polytechnique, Université libre de Bruxelles).
It is directed by Profs Kristin BARTIK & Gilles BRUYLANTS.
The EMNS laboratory has extensive know-how in the experimental study of the structure, stability and dynamics of molecular complexes, and in the synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles. Key tools: NMR, microcalorimetry and UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy.
We are currently more focused on:
- the functionalization of metallic nanoparticles with organic or biological ligands in order to develop (bio)sensors
or smart materials,
- the development of micelle-based supramolecular systems for molecular recognition or catalysis in water,
- ion transport across lipid membranes using supramolecular carriers.
- Limits of Thiol Chemistry Revealed by Quantitative Analysis of Mixed Layers of Thiolated-PEG Ligands Grafted onto Gold Nanoparticles, Retout M. et al., Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2019).
- Repositioning Chloride Transmembrane Transporters: Transport of Organic Ion Pairs, Grauwels G. et al., Angewandte Chemie International, 2019.
- Achieving Selective Targeting Using Engineered Nanomaterials, Lanfranco R. et al., inThermodynamics and Biophysics of Biomedical Nanosystems, Spinger, 2019.
- Kinetics of Nanoparticle-Membrane Adhesion Mediated by Multivalent Interactions, Lanfranco R. et al., Langmuir, 2019, 35(6).
- Fluorinated Bambusurils as Highly Effective and Selective Transmembrane Cl−/HCO3− Antiporters, Valkenier H. et al., Chem, 2019, 5(2).
- A postdoc position on the ORGANITRA project will become available in spring 2020
Keywords: Nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization, Micellar encapsulation, Colloidal systems, Molecular recognition, Supramolecular chemistry, NMR, Microcalorimetry, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy