Publications of the EMNS Lab since 2000


Most of our publications are available through the ULB's repository here (pdf)




Adaptable DNA interactions regulate surface triggered self assembly

Lanfranco R., Jana P. K., Bruylants G., Cicuta P., Mognetti B. M. & Di Michele L., Nanoscale (2020).


Accurate iron quantification in colloids and nanocomposites by a simple UV-Vis protocol

Torras M., Moya C., Pasquevitch G. A., Roig A., Microchimica Acta 187, 488 (2020).


Specific Binding of Primary Ammonium Ions and Lysine-Containing Peptides in Protic Solvents by Hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arenes

Lambert S., Bartik K. & Jabin I., The Journal of Organic Chemistry 85, 10062-10071 (2020).


Transmembrane transport of copper(I) by imidazole-functionalised calix[4]arenes
Renier N., Reinaud O., Jabin I. & Valkenier H., Chemical Communication 56, 8206-8209 (2020). Download pre-print.


The role of microRNAs in ovarian function and the transition toward novel therapeutic strategies in fertility preservation: from bench to future clinical application

Alexandri C., Daniel A., Bruylants G. & Demeestere I., Human Reproduction Update 26(2), 174-196 (2020).


Synthesis and Binding Properties of a Tren-Capped Hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene

Zahim S., Ajami D., Laurent P., Valkenier H., Reinaud O., Luhmer M. & Jabin I., ChemPhysChem 21, 83-89 (2020).




Limits of Thiol Chemistry Revealed by Quantitative Analysis of Mixed Layers of Thiolated-PEG Ligands Grafted onto Gold Nanoparticles

Retout M., Brunetti E., Valkenier H. & Bruylants G., Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 557, 807-815 (2019).


Repositioning Chloride Transmembrane Transporters: Transport of Organic Ion Pairs

Grauwels G., Valkenier H., Davis A. P., Jabin I., & Bartik K., Angewandte Chemie International Ed. 58(21), 6921-6925 (2019).


Achieving Selective Targeting Using Engineered Nanomaterials

Lanfranco R., Mognetti B. M., and Bruylants G., in Thermodynamics and Biophysics of Biomedical Nanosystems, C. Demetzos and N. Pippa Eds, Series in BioEngineering, Springer (2019).


Kinetics of Nanoparticle-Membrane Adhesion Mediated by Multivalent Interactions

Lanfranco R., Jana P. K., Tunesi L., Cicuta P., Mognetti B. M., Di Michele L. and Bruylants G., Langmuir 35(6), 2002-2012 (2019).


Fluorinated Bambusurils as Highly Effective and Selective Transmembrane Cl/HCO3 Antiporters

Valkenier H., Akrawi O., Jurček P., Sleziaková K., Lízal T., Bartik K. and Šindelář V., Chem 5(2), 429-444 (2019) - Download post-print.




Anion Recognition by a Bioactive Diureidodecalin Anionophore: Solid-State, Solution, and Computational Studies

Jurček O., H. Valkenier H., Puttreddy R., Novák M.,. Sparkes H, Marek R., Rissanen K. and Davis A. P., Chem. Eur. J. 24, 8178-8185 (2018).


Anthracene Bisureas as Powerful and Accessible Anion Carriers

Dias C. M., Valkenier H. and Davis A. P., Chem. Eur. J. 24, 6262-6268 (2018).


Anion transport by ortho-phenylene bis-ureas across cell and vesicle membranes

Dias C. M., Li H., Valkenier H., Karagiannidis L. E., Gale P. A., Sheppard D. N. and Davis A. P., Org. Biomol. Chem. 16, 1083-1087 (2018).


Submerging a Biomimetic Metallo‐Receptor in Water for Molecular Recognition: Micellar Incorporation or Water Solubilization? A Case Study
Collin S., Parrot A., Marcelis L., Brunetti E., Jabin I., Bruylants G., Bartik K. and Reinaud O., Chem. Eur. J. 24, 17964-17974 (2018). ! Cover Picture !


Grafting of Oligo(ethylene glycol)-Functionalized Calix[4]arenes-Tetradiazonium Salts for Antifouling Germanium and Gold Surfaces

Blond P., Mattiuzzi A., Valkenier H., Troian-Gautier L., Bergamini J.-F., Doneux T., Goormaghtigh E., Raussens V. and Jabin I., Langmuir 34, 6021-6027 (2018).


The 3rd degree of biomimetism: associating the cavity effect, ZnII coordination and internal base assistance for guest binding and activation

Parrot A., Collin S., Bruylants G. and Reinaud O., Chemical Science 9, 5479-5487 (2018)


Efficient Vanadium‐Catalyzed Aerobic C‐C Bond Oxidative Cleavage of Vicinal Diols
Amadio E., Gonzalez-Fabra J., Carraro D., Denis W., Gyoka B., Zonta C., Bartik K., Cavani F., Solmi S., Bo C. and Licini G., Adv. Synth. Catal. 360(17), 3286-3296 (2018).




A Folding Decalin Tetra-Urea for Transmembrane Anion Transport

Valkenier H., Dias C. M., Butts C. P., Davis A. P., Tetrahedron 73, 4955-4962 (2017).


Controlled Functionalization of Gold Nanoparticles with Mixtures of Calix[4]arenes Revealed by Infrared Spectroscopy

Valkenier H., Malytskyi V., Blond P., Retout M., Mattiuzzi A., Goole J., Raussens V., Jabin I. and Bruylants G., Langmuir 33, 8253-8259 (2017).


Temperature Dependence of Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion in Phospholipid Membranes

Askes S., Brodie P., Bruylants G. and Bonnet S., J. Phys. Chem. B 121(4), 780-786 (2017).


Versatile self-adapting boronic acids for H-bond recognition: from discrete to polymeric supramolecules

Georgiou O., Kervyn S., Rossignon A., De Leo F., Wouters J., Bruylants G. and Bonifazi D., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139(7), 2710-2727 (2017).




A Selective Calix[6]arenes-based Fluorescent Chemosensor for Phosphatidylcholine Type Lipids

Brunetti E., Moerkerke S., Wouters J., Bartik K. and Jabin I., Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 14, 10201-10207 (2016).


Extremely robust and post-functionalizable gold nanoparticles coated with calix[4]arenes via metal–carbon bonds

Troian-Gautier L., Valkenier H., Mattiuzzi A., Jabin I., Van den Brande N., Van Mele B., Hubert J., Reniers F., Bruylants G., Lagrost C. and Leroux Y., Chemical Communications 52, 10493-10496 (2016).


Colorimetric and fluorescence ’turn-on’ recognition of fluoride by a maleonitrile-based uranyl salen-complex

Bartocci S., Sabaté F., Bosque R., Keymeulen F., Bartik K., Rodríguez L. and Dalla Cort A., Dyes and Pigments 135, 94-101 (2016).


Rapid and Selective Detection of Proteins by Dual Trapping Using Gold Nanoparticles Functionalized with Peptide Aptamers

Retout M., Valkenier H., Triffaux E., Doneux T., Bartik K. and Bruylants G., ACS Sensors 1(7), 929-933 (2016).


A comprehensive study to protein retention in hydrophobic interaction chromatography

Baca M., De Vos J., Bruylants G., Bartik K., Liu X., Cook K. and Eeltink S., Journal of Chromatography B 1032, 182-188 (2016).


Amino Acid Induced Fractal Aggregation of Gold Nanoparticles: Why and How

Doyen M., Goole J., Bartik K. and Bruylants G., Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 464, 160-166 (2016).


Kinetic and Thermodynamic Stabilization of Metal Complexes by Introverted Coordination in a Calix[6]azacryptand

Inthasot A., Brunetti E., Lejeune M., Menard N., Prangé T., Fusaro L., Bruylants G., Reinaud O., Luhmer M., Jabin I. and Colasson B., Chem. Eur. J. 22, 4855-4862 (2016).




Triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion followed by FRET for the red light activation of a photodissociative ruthenium complex in liposomes

Askes S. H.C., Kloz M., Bruylants G., Kennis J. T.M. and Bonnet S., Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. 17, 27380-27390 (2015).


Astrobiology and the possibility of life on Earth and elsewhere…

Cottin H., Kotler J.M., Bartik K., Cleaves H.J., Cockell C.S., de Vera J.-P.P., Ehrenfreund P., Leuko S., Ten Kate I.L., Martins Z., Pascal R., Quinn R., Rettberg P. and Westall F., Space Science reviews, 1-42 (2015).


Primary Amine Recognition in Water by a Calix[6]aza-cryptand Incorporated in Dodecylphosphocholine Micelles

Brunetti E., Inthasot A., Keymeulen F., Reinaud O., Jabin I. and Bartik K., Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 13, 2931-2938 (2015).


Fluoride Binding in Water with the Use of Micellar Nanodevices Based on Salophen Complexes

Keymeulen F., De Bernardin P., Giannicchi I., Galantini L., Bartik K. and Dalla Cort A., Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 13, 2437-2443 (2015).


A biomimetic heteroditopic receptor for zwitterions in protic media

Cornut D., Moerkerke S., Wouters J., Bruylants G. and Jabin I., Chem. Asian J. 10, 440-446 (2015).




Thermodynamic study of the interaction between hen egg white lysozyme and Ce(IV)-Keggin polyoxotungstate as artificial protease

Stroobants K., Saadallah D., Bruylants G. and Parac-Vogt T. N., Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. 16, 21778- 21787 (2014).


Fluorescent Chemosensors for Anions and Contact Ion-Pairs with a Cavity-based Selectivity

Brunetti E., Picron J.-F., Flidrova K., Bruylants G., Bartik K. and Jabin I., J. Org. Chem. 79, 6179-6188 (2014).


Molecular Origin of the Hydrolytic Activity and Fixed Regioselectivity of a ZrIV-Substituted Polyoxotungstate as Artificial Protease

Stroobants K., Goovaerts V., Absillis G., Bruylants G., Moelants E., Proost P. and Parac-Vogt T. N., Chemistry – A European Journal 20(31), 9567-9577 (2014).


Binding of a ruthenium complex to a thioether ligand embedded in a negatively charged lipid bilayer: A two-step mechanism

Bahreman A., Rabe M., Kros A., Bruylants G. and Bonnet S., Chemistry – A European Journal 20(24), 7429-7438 (2014).




Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement Experiments: A Valuable Tool for the Characterization of Micellar Nanodevices

Keymeulen F., De Bernardin P., Dalla Cort A. and Bartik K., J. Phys. Chem. B 117(39), 11654-11659 (2013).


DNA-Promoted Auto-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles: Effect of the DNA Sequence on the Stability of the Assemblies

Doyen M., Bartik K. and Bruylants G., Polymers 5(3), 1041-1055 (2013).


UV–Vis and NMR study of the formation of gold nanoparticles by citrate reduction: Observation of gold–citrate aggregates

Doyen M., Bartik K. and Bruylants G., Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 399, 1-5 (2013).


Polyoxometalates as a Novel Class of Artificial Proteases: Selective Hydrolysis of Lysozyme under Physiological pH and Temperature Promoted by a Cerium(IV) Keggin-Type Polyoxometalate

Stroobants K., Moelants E., Ly H. G., Proost P., Bartik K. and Parac-Vogt T. N., Chemistry – A European Journal 19(8), 2848-2858 (2013).




An integrated fragment based screening approach for the discovery of small molecule modulators of the VWF–GPIba interaction

Jose R. A.,  Voet A.,  Broos K.,  Jakobi A. J.,  Bruylants G.,  Egle B.,  Zhang K. Y. J.,  De  Maeyer M.,  Deckmyn H. and  De Borggraeve W. M., Chem. Commun. 48, 11349-11351 (2012).


Monitoring Fluoride Binding in DMSO: Why is a Singular Binding Behavior Observed?

Goursaud M., De Bernardin P., Dalla Cort A., Bartik K. and Bruylants G., Eur. J. Org. Chem. 19, 3570-3574 (2012).




"Hydrogen Bonds"; "Stereochemistry"; "Van Der Waals Forces" and "Water: Solvent of Life"

Bruylants G., in Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Gargaud M., Amils R., Cernicharo Quintanilla J., Cleaves H.J., Irvine W.M., Pinti D., Viso M. (Editeurs), Springer (2011).


The search for a deterministic origin for the presence of non-racemic amino-acids in meteorites: a computational approach

Vandenbussche S., Reisse J., Bartik K. and Liévin J., Chirality 23, 367-373 (2011).


Prebiotic chemistry : a fuzzy field

Bruylants G., Bartik K. and Reisse J., Comptes rendus – Chimie 14, 338-391 (2011).


Liquid water : a necessary condition for all forms of life ?

Bartik K., Bruylants G., Locci E. and Reisse J., in Origins and Evolulution of Life: an astrobiological perspective, Gargaud M., Lopez-Garcia P., Martin H. (Editeurs), 205-217, Cambridge University Press (2011).




Growth kinetics and controlled auto-assembly of gold nanoparticles

Bruylants G., Bartik K. & Delplancke M.-P., Proceedings, ECNF 2010 : European Conference on Nano Film (2010).


Is it useful to have a clear-cut definition of life? On the use of fuzzy logic in prebiotic chemistry

Bruylants G., Bartik K. and Reisse J., Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 40(2), 137-143 (2010).




Comparison of the Thermodynamics and Base-Pair Dynamics of a Full LNA:DNA Duplex and of the Isosequential DNA:DNA

Bruylants G., Boccongelli M., Snoussi K. and Bartik K., Biochemistry 48(35), 8473-8482 (2009).


15-N NMR Relaxation Data Reveal Significant Chemical Exchange Broadening in the alpha-Domain of Human alpha-Lactalbumin

Bruylants G. and Redfield C., Biochemistry 48(19), 4031-4039 (2009).


Probing Polymer Colloids by 129Xe NMR

Locci E., Roose P., Bartik K. and Luhmer M., J. of Colloid and Interface Science 330(2), 344-351 (2009).




Catalysis by mettalloenzymes and the origin of life

Bruylants G., Bartik K. and Reisse J., Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences XIX - Académie Royale de Belgique, 211-217 (2008).


Aromatic – Carbohydrate Interactions: an NMR and Computational Study of Model Systems

Vandenbussche S., Díaz M., Fernández-Alonso C., Pan W., Vincent S., Cuevas G., Javier  Cañada F., Jiménez-Barbero J. and Bartik K., Chemistry 14(25), 7570-7578 (2008).


Fluoride Binding in Water: A New Environment for a Known Receptor

Cametti M., Dalla Cort A. & Bartik K., Chem.Phys.Chem. 9, 2168-2171 (2008).




Protonation Linked Equilibria and Apparent Affinity Constants : The Thermodynamic Profile of the α-Chymotrypsin-Proflavin Interaction

Bruylants G., Wintjens R., Looze Y., Redfield C. and Bartik K., Eur. Biophysics J. 37, 11-18 (2007).


Developments in the Characterisation of the Catalytic Triad of α-Chymotrypsin: Effect of the Protonation State of Asp102 on the 1H NMR Signals of His57

Bruylants G., Redfield C. and Bartik K., Chem. Bio. Chem. 8, 51-54 (2007).




Oligonucléotides chimiquement modifiés : outils diagnostiques et agents thérapeutiques prometteurs. Méthodes permettant d’étudier leur stabilité et sélectivité d’appariement

Boccongelli M. and Bartik K., Chimie Nouvelle 93, 101-108 (2006).


Novel Method for the Measurement of Xenon Gas Solubility using 129Xe NMR Spectroscopy

Luhmer M., Segebarth N., Bartik K. and Locci E., J. Phys. Chem. A. 110(37), 10770-10776 (2006).


Do Serine Octamers Exist in Solution ? Relevance of this Question in the Context of the Origin of Homochirality on Earth

Vandenbussche S., Vandenbussche G., Reisse J. and Bartik K., Eur. J. Org. Chem. 14, 3069-3073 (2006).


Structural Characterization of the Papaya Cysteine Proteinases at low pH

Huet J., Looze Y., Bartik K., Raussens V., Wintjens R. and Boussard P., Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 341, 620-626 (2006).




Use of Isothermal Titration Calorimetry for the Study of Intercations between (bio)Molecules

Bruylants G. and Bartik K., Chimie Nouvelle 23(88), 9-14 (2005).


Differential Scanning Calorimetry in Life Science : Thermodynamics, Stability, Molecular Recognition and Application in Drug Design

Bruylants G., Wouters J. and Michaux C., Current Medicinal Chemistry 12(17), 2011-2020 (2005).


Xenon NMR as a probe for microporous and mesoporous solids, polymers, liquid crystals, solutions, flames, proteins, imaging

Bartik K., Choquet Ph., Constantinesco A., Duhamel G., Fraissard J., Hyacinthe J-N.,  Jokisaari J., Locci E., Lowery Th. J., Luhmer M., Meersmann Th., Moudrakovski I. L.,  Pavlovskaya G. E., Pierce K. L., Pines A., Ripmeester J. A., Telkki V-V. and Veeman W. S., L'Actualité Chimique 287, 16-33 (2005).


Alice, son chat, le lait et la chiralité

Debecker B. and Bartik K., L'artichaut 22, 33-36 (2005).




Stereochemical Studies by Molecular Palpation

Locci E., Bartik K., Segebarth N., Luhmer M. and Reisse J., J. Phys. Org. Chem. 17, 787-792 (2004).




Comparison of the NMR enantiodifferentiation of a chiral Ruthenium(II) complex of C2 symmetry using the TRISPHAT anion and a lanthanide shift reagent

Bruylants G., Bresson C., Boisdenghien A., Piérard F., Kirsch-De Mesmaeker A., Lacour  J. and Bartik K., New J. Chem. 27, 748-751 (2003).


The Potential of the Xenon "Spin-Spy" Methodology for the Study of Configurational Equilibria in Solution

Locci E., Reisse J. and Bartik K., Chem. Phys. Chem. 4, 305-308 (2003).




On the Origin of Homochirality on Earth

Reisse J., Bartik K. and Cronin J., Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences XIII - Académie Royale de Belgique, Tome 13, 97-106 (2002).


The Potential of 129Xe NMR Relaxation Measurements for the Study of Heme Proteins

Locci E., Casu M., Saba G., Lai A., Reisse J. and Bartik K., Chem. Phys. Chem. 2, 812-814 (2002).


Origin of life: the role of water in transition from non-living to living matter

Locci E., Bartik K. and Reisse J., Chimie Nouvelle 78, 58-62 (2002).




NMR Investigation of the complexation of neutral guests by cucurbituril

El Haouaj M., Ho Ko Y., Luhmer M., Kim K. and Bartik K., J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 2104-2107 (2001).


NMR study of reversible complexation of xenon by cucurbituril

El Haouaj M., Luhmer M., Ho Ko Y., Kim K. and Bartik K., J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 804-807 (2001).


Probing Proteins in Solution by 129Xe NMR Spectroscopy

Locci E., Dehouck Y., Casu M., Saba G., Lai A., Luhmer M., Reisse J. and Bartik K., J. of Magn. Res. 150, 167-174 (2001).


Molecular Polarization and Molecular Chiralization

Bartik K., Luhmer M., Collet A. and Reisse J., Chirality 13, 2-6 (2001).




A propos de l'origine de la vie

Reisse J., Topique 73, 9-21 (2000).


Can Monoatomic Xenon Become Chiral?

Bartik K., El Haouaj M., Luhmer M., Collet A. and Reisse J., Chem. Phys. Chem. 4, 221-224 (2000).


A Brief Survey of Organic Matter in the Universe

Reisse J. and Bartik K., Chimie Nouvelle 71, 3145-3150 (2000).


Study by 23Na-NMR, 1H-NMR, and ultraviolet Spectroscopy of the Thermal Stability of an 11-basepair Oligonucleotide

Cahen P., Luhmer M., Fontaine C., Morat C., Reisse J. and Bartik K., Biophysical Journal 78, 1059-1069 (2000).

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