Overview

Welcome to the Daniel Lab!

The Daniel lab’s research revolves around the preparation of multifunctional colloidal inorganic nanoparticles for either medical, materials or environmental applications.

The group has developed a highly stable, zwitterionic dendronized gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based drug delivery platform, specifically for use in chemotherapeutics delivery. This nanocarrier platform enables very high payload since it can hold up to 1450 dendrons/NP. The highly dense and mixed coating on the AuNPs allows for the controlled combination of optimum payloads of drugs and targeting/imaging agents on a single platform. 

Daniel’s group is also preparing AuNPs of various shapes (spheres, rods, bipyramids) with specific coatings to direct the formation of discrete assemblies with quantum dots (QDs) for use as novel optical modulators for quantum computing. Some of our recent data have led to the first definitive evidence of strong coupling between a single emitter and a gap plasmon in a system composed of a single CdSe/CdS QD between a gold nanosphere and a silver film. 

Finally, we are also developing microfluidic sensors for the detection of lead in tap water. It is based on nanoparticles aggregation in the presence of very low amount of lead, leading to a change of color of the nanoparticle solution.

5-min presentation of our lab’s research: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oCkdXrFtrfcHwavuWk3PHBAxH_FHE1IL/view?usp=sharing