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1. Cubic Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia: Process Optimization and Potential Industrial Implementation, Sanchez, OS; Castelo Grande, T; Augusto, PA; Compana, JM Barbosa, D in NANOMATERIALS, 2021, Volume: 11, 
Article,  Indexed in: wos  DOI: 10.3390/nano11071652 P-00V-7KC
Abstract Cubic nanoparticles are referred to as the best shaped particles for magnetic hyperthermia applications. In this work, the best set of values for obtaining optimized shape and size of magnetic particles (namely: reagents quantities and proportions, type of solvents, temperature, etc.) is determined. A full industrial implementation study is also performed, including production system design and technical and economic viability.

2. A layered nanocomposite of laccase, chitosan, and Fe3O4 nanoparticles-reduced graphene oxide for the nanomolar electrochemical detection of bisphenol A, Fernandes, PMV; Campina, JM Silva, AF in MICROCHIMICA ACTA, 2020, ISSN: 0026-3672,  Volume: 187, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1007/s00604-020-4223-x P-00S-0A3
Abstract A hybrid conjugate of reduced graphene oxide/ferrous-ferric oxide nanoparticles (rGO-Fe3O4 NPs) is characterized and assembled with chitosan and laccase to form a layered functional superstructure. After its characterization by field-effect scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), the nanocomposite has been deposited on glassy carbon for the enzyme-mediated electrochemical determination of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA). Proof-of-concept assays conducted by using CV, EIS, and square wave voltammetry reveal that the enzymatic biosensor provides linear response in a wide range of BPA concentrations (6-228 ppb), very high sensitivities, and excellent durability (over 1-month storage). Using amperometric detection, remarkable sensitivities (2080 mu A mu M-1 cm(-2)) and detection limits (18 nM) are attained. Applications to real samples of bottled water proved feasible with recoveries in the range 107-124%.

3. Edible Chitosan Films and Their Nanosized Counterparts Exhibit Antimicrobial Activity and Enhanced Mechanical and Barrier Properties, Gomes, LP; Souza, HKS; Campina, JM Andrade, CT; Silva, AF Goncalves, MP; Flosi Paschoalin, VMF in MOLECULES, 2019, ISSN: 1420-3049,  Volume: 24, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.3390/molecules24010127 P-00Q-3BX
Abstract Chitosan and chitosan-nanoparticles were combined to prepare biobased and unplasticized film blends displaying antimicrobial activity. Nanosized chitosans obtained by sonication for 5, 15, or 30 min were combined with chitosan at 3:7, 1:1, and 7:3 ratios, in order to adjust blend film mechanical properties and permeability. The incorporation of nanosized chitosans led to improvements in the interfacial interaction with chitosan microfibers, positively affecting film mechanical strength and stiffness, evidenced by scanning electron microscopy. Nanosized or blend chitosan film sensitivity to moisture was significantly decreased with the drop in biocomposite molecular masses, evidenced by increased water solubility and decreased water vapor permeability. Nanosized and chitosan interactions gave rise to light biobased films presenting discrete opacity and color changes, since red-green and yellow-blue colorations were affected. All chitosan blend films exhibited antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The performance of green unplasticized chitosan blend films displaying diverse morphologies has, thus, been proven as a potential step towards the design of nontoxic food packaging biobased films, protecting against spoilage microorganisms, while also minimizing environmental impacts.

4. Reduced graphene oxide-nickel nanoparticles/biopolymer composite films for the sub-millimolar detection of glucose, Krishna, R; Campina, JM Fernandes, PMV; Ventura, J; Titus, E; Silva, AF in ANALYST, 2016, ISSN: 0003-2654,  Volume: 141, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1039/c6an00475j P-00K-KQ3
Abstract Hybrid conjugates of graphene with metallic/semiconducting nanostructures can improve the sensitivity of electrochemical sensors due to their combination of well-balanced electrical/electrocatalytic properties and superior surface-to-volume ratio. In this study, the synthesis and physical characterization of a hybrid conjugate of reduced graphene oxide and nickel nanoparticles (rGO-Ni NPs) is presented. The conjugate was further deposited onto a glassy carbon electrode as a nanocomposite film of chitosan and glucose oxidase. The electrochemical response and morphology of the films were investigated using SEM, CV, and EIS, and their applications as a glucose biosensor explored for the first time in proof-of-concept tests. The low operating potential along with the good linearity and sensitivity (up to 129 mu A cm(-2) mM(-1)) found in the sub-millimolar range suggest potential applications in the self-management of hypoglycemia from blood samples or in the development of non-invasive assays for body fluids such as saliva, tears or breath.

5. Tweaking the mechanical and structural properties of colloidal chitosans by sonication, Gomes, LP; Souza, HKS; Campina, JM Andrade, CT; Flosi Paschoalin, VMF; Silva, AF Goncalves, MP in FOOD HYDROCOLLOIDS, 2016, ISSN: 0268-005X,  Volume: 56, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2015.11.021 P-00K-3BV
Abstract Compared to the oil-derived plastics typically used in food packaging, biofilms of pure chitosan present serious moisture issues. The physical degradation of the polysaccharide with ultrasound effectively reduces the water vapor permeability in these films but, unfortunately, they also turn more brittle. Blending chitosans of different morphology and molecular mass (M) is an unexplored strategy that could bring balance without the need of incorporating toxic or non-biodegradable plasticizers. To this end, we prepared and characterized the mixtures of a high-M chitosan with the products of its own ultrasonic fragmentation. Biopolymer degradation was followed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and the mechanical and structural characteristics of the mixtures were evaluated from different rheological methods and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results indicate that, through the control of the sonication time and mixture ratio, it is possible to adjust the viscoelasticity and morphological aspect of the mixtures at intermediate levels relative to their individual components. In a more general sense, it is emphasized the importance of design and materials processing for the development of a novel generation of additive-free sustainable but functional bioplastics.