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       Chem. Eng. J. 319 (2017)


S. P. C. Alves, C. Santos, A. P. da Costa, M. Silva, C. Baleizão, J. P. S. Farinha, "Smart polymeric nanoparticles for boron scavenging"



Novel boron scavenging process. At room temperature the nanoparticles are expanded, promoting boron chelation to diol groups. At higher temperature the polymer shell collapses inducing nanoparticle flocculation. The nanoparticles can then be regenerated by pH treatment and reused.


       J. Lipid Res. 56 (2015)


T. Sousa, R.E. Castro, S.N. Pinto, A. Coutinho, S.D. Lucas, R. Moreira, C.M.P. Rodrigues, M. Prieto, F. Fernandes, “Deoxycholic acid modulates cell death signaling through changes in mitochondrial membrane properties.”


The cover image shows spectral ratiometric emission and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) of membrane order-sensitive probes in HEK293T cells treated with physiologically active concentrations of pro-apoptotic (DCA) and cytoprotective bile acids (UDCA and TUDCA).


        Chem. Phys, 449, 23-33 (2015)


M.N. Berberan-Santos, «Phasor plots of luminescence decay functions».

The picture shows a section of the phasor space with characteristic curves corresponding to several types of decay laws (sub-exponential, exponential, super-exponential).



        ChemCatChem, 2, 254-260 (2015) (Inside Cover)


R. Ciriminna, A. Fidalgo, V. Pandarus, F. Béland, L.M. Ilharco, M. Pagliaro, «New Catalyst Series from the Sol–Gel-Entrapment of Gold Nanoparticles in Organically Modified Silica Matrices: Proof of Performance in a Model Oxidation Reaction».

The cover picture shows the TEM pictures of new gold nanoparticles confined in the ORMOSIL matrix of SiliaCat Au catalyst as background, with superimposed reaction scheme for the model oxidation of 1-phenylethanol with hydrogen peroxide.


        Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16 (34) (2014) (Back Cover)


A. Melo, A. Fedorov, M. Prieto, A. Coutinho. "Exploring homo-FRET to quantify the oligomer stoichiometry of membrane-bound proteins involved in a cooperative partition equilibrium."

The picture shows the energy migration process upon exciting a protein hexameric aggregate, induced by protein-lipid interaction.



        Soft Matter, 10(6) (2014) (Back Cover)


A.M. Melo, L.M.S. Loura, F. FErnandes, J. Villalaín, M. Prieto, A. Coutinho, "Electrostatically driven lipid–lysozyme mixed fibers display a multilamellar structure without amyloid features".

Reproduction of lipid-protein fiber structure. The lipid-protein mixed fibers present a multilayer structure, in which the predominantly oligomeric lysozyme is sandwiched between two adjacent lipid bilayers.



        Polymer Chemistry, 4 (2013)


Relogio,P.; Bathfield, M.; Haftek-Terreau, Z.; Beija, M.; D’Agosto, F.; Favier, A.; Giraud-Panis, M.-J.; Mandrand, B.; Farinha, J. P. S.; Charreyre, M.-T.; Martinho, J. M. G., "Biotin-End-Functionalized Highly Fluorescent Water-Soluble Polymers".

The cover image is a reproduction of the painting "Lucifer Yellow" by Ana Tristany , of four polymer chains (blue) labeled with several LY fluorophores (yellow), each with a biotin at one chain-end (blue/black). The biotin groups are in the process of interacting with a streptavidine protein (red).



        The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117 (2013)


A. Melo, J. Ricardo, A. Fedorov, M. Prieto, A. Coutinho. "Fluorescence Detection of Lipid-Induced Oligomeric Intermediates Involved in Lysozyme “Amyloid-Like” Fiber Formation Driven by Anionic Membranes."

Lipid–Protein Fibers Formed upon Lysozyme Interaction with Negatively Charged Membranes.



        The Journal of Lipid Research, 53(3) (2012)


L. C. Silva, O. B.David, Y. Pewzner-Jung, E. L. Laviad, J. Stiban, S. Bandyopadhyay, A. H. Merrill Jr., M. Prieto and A.H. Futerman.. "Fluorescence Detection of Lipid-Induced Oligomeric Intermediates Involved in Lysozyme “Ablation of ceramide synthase 2 strongly affects biophysical properties of membranes."

Effect of CerS2 ablation on biophysical properties of liver membranes.



European Biophysical Journal, cover of all 2012 issues, showing selected pictures from previous years.


L.M.S. Loura, F. Fernandes, M. Prieto, "Quantification of protein–lipid selectivity using FRET". Eur. Biophys. J. 39, 2010.



        ChemPhysChem - A European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, 12 (2011)


C. Baleizão, M.N. Berberan-Santos, "The Brightest Fullerene. A New Isotope Effect in Molecular Fluorescence and Phosphorescence".



        Journal of Neurochemistry, 116(5) (2011)


A. Coutinho, L.M.S. Loura, M. Prieto, "FRET studies of lipid-protein aggregates related to amyloid-like fibers".


        The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (2008)


J.P.S. Farinha, J.M.G. Martinho, "Resonance Energy Transfer Between Dyes in Nanosized Domains at Polymer Interfaces".

Resonance energy transfer in nano-size domains at the interface between different polymers: The cover is a reproduction of the painting "Interfaces" (acrylic on canvas, 1.5 m x 1.5 m), a personal interpretation by artist Ana Tristany of nano-size domains located at the interface between different polymers (in black and grey), labeled with energy donor (red) and acceptor (green) dyes. The plot in white was pasted onto the image and represents the concentration profile of the dyes at the interfacial domain. The nanometer size dimensions of the domains match the typical lengthscale of FRET, allowing the determination of the size and distribution functions. The review paper Energy Transfer in Polymer Nanodomains, describe the tools necessary to extract information on the dyes distribution and the morphology of the interfacial domains



        Biophysical Journal, 95 (2008)


S.N. Pinto, L. C. Silva, R. F. M. de Almeida, M. Prieto, "Membrane domain formation, interdigitation and morphological alterations induced by the very long chain asymmetric C24:1 ceramide".



last update: 04.11.2015