Rongbing Du

Rongbing Du
University of Alberta | UAlberta · Department of Chemistry

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A water dispersible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate is developed to provide rapid and reproducible measurement of solution-borne analytes. Cellulose nanomaterials are generally dispersible in water and are known to act as a reducing agent and support for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles. In this work, cellulose nanofibers (CN...
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This study investigated the electrospinning of polystyrene solutions using added unmodified and modified (with grafted nitrobenzene and trifluoromethyl benzene functionalities and polystyrene brushes) cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). A strong correlation existed between the formation of beads on the fibers and the degree of dispersion of CNC particle...
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Nanostring resonator and fiber-optics-based biosensors are of interest as they offer high sensitivity, real-time measurements and the ability to integrate with electronics. However, these devices are somewhat impaired by issues related to surface modification. Both nanostring resonators and photonic sensors employ glassy materials, which are incomp...
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Resonant glassy nanostrings have been employed for the detection of biomolecules. These devices offer high sensitivity and amenability to large array integration and multiplexed assays. Such a concept has however been impaired by the lack of stable and biocompatible linker chemistries. Diazonium salt reduction-induced aryl grafting is an aqueous-ba...
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Tailoring the surface chemistry of metallic nanoparticles is generally a key step for their use in a wide range of applications. There are few examples of organic films covalently bound to metal nanoparticles. We demonstrate here that aryl films are formed on gold nanoparticles from the spontaneous reduction of diazonium salts. The structure and th...
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New methods to pattern and etch a variety of materials are proving to be extremely important owing to the broad impact of microfabrication technology on chemistry and biology. A method, for etching graphitic carbon materials that opens pathways for the creation of arrays of carbon structures, has been developed. The method involves standard photoli...
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The incorporation of carbon materials in micro- and nanoscale devices is being widely investigated due to the promise of enhanced functionality. Challenges in the positioning and addressability of carbon nanotubes provide the motivation for the development of new processes to produce nanoscale carbon materials. Here, the fabrication of conducting,...
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Microfabrication has had a considerable impact in many areas of chemistry and biology. The application of processes such as metal deposition, lithographic pattern transfer and etching techniques to a variety of materials has enabled, for example, the development of lab-on-a-chip devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), miniaturized sensor sy...