Limongi, T.; Susa, F.; Dumontel, B.; Racca, L.; Perrone Donnorso, M.; Debellis, D.; Cauda, V. Extracellular Vesicles Tropism: A Comparative Study between Passive Innate Tropism and the Active Engineered Targeting Capability of Lymphocyte-Derived EVs. Membranes202111, 886. https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes11110886

M. Carofiglio, M. Laurenti, G. Graziana Genchi, G. Ciofani, M. Grochowicz, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Ultrasound Triggered ZnO-Based Devices for Tunable and Multifaceted Biomedical ApplicationsADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES 2021, 2101021, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1002/admi.202101021

V. Vighetto, L. Racca, M. Canta, J. C. Matos, B. Dumontel, M. C. Gonçalves, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Smart shockwave responsive titania-based nanoparticles for cancer treatmentPHARMACEUTICS, 2021, Vol.13, pp. 1423, EISSN 1999-4923, doi:.10.3390/pharmaceutics13091423

M. Carofiglio, M. Laurenti, V. Vighetto, L. Racca, S. Barui, N. Garino, R. Gerbaldo, F. Laviano, V. Cauda (Corr. Author)Iron-doped ZnO nanoparticles as multifunctional nanoplatforms for theranosticsNANOMATERIALS, 2021, Vol. 11, pp. 2628, ISSN 2076-4991, DOI: 10.3390/nano11102628

V. Cauda (Corr. Author), T. T. Xu, I. Nunes, E. Mereu, S. Villata, E. Bergaggio, M. Labrador, T. Limongi, F. Susa, A. Chiodoni, M. Cumerlato, G. Rosso, R. Stefania, R. Piva Biomimetic mesoporous vectors enabling the efficient inhibition of wild-type isocitrate dehydrogenase in multiple myeloma cells MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS, 2021, Vol. 325, pp. 111320 doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2021.111320

V. Vighetto, L. Racca, M. Canta, J. C. Matos, B. Dumontel, M. C. Gonçalves, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Smart shockwave responsive titania-based nanoparticles for cancer treatmentPHARMACEUTICS, 2021, Vol.13, pp. 1423, EISSN 1999-4923, doi:.10.3390/pharmaceutics13091423

C Giacobino, M. Canta, C. Fornaguera, S. Borrós, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Extracellular Vesicles and Their Current Role in Cancer Immunotherapy CANCERS, 2021, Vol. 13(9), pp. 2280, doi: 10.3390/cancers13092280

F. Alfieri, A. Ancona, G. Tripepi, D. Crosetto, V. Randazzo, A. Paviglianiti, E. Pasero, L. Vecchi, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), R.M. Fagugli A Deep-Learning model to continuously predict severe Acute Kidney Injury based on urine output changes in critically ill patientsJOURNAL OF NEPHROLOGY, 2021, doi: 10.1007/s40620-021-01046-6.

C. Ottone, D. Pugliese, M. Laurenti, S. Hernández, V. Cauda, P. Grez, L. Wilson ZnO materials as effective anodes for the photoelectrochemical regeneration of enzymatically active NAD+ ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2021, Vol 13(9), pp. 10719–10727, ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c20630

G. Pietricola, T. Tommasi, M. Dosa, E. Camelin, E. Berruto, C. Ottone, D. Fino, V. Cauda, M. PiumettiSynthesis and characterization of ordered mesoporous silicas for the immobilization of formate dehydrogenase (FDH) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES, 2021, Vol 117, pp. 261-270, ISSN: 0141-8130, doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2021.02.114

L. Racca, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Remotely-activated nanoparticles for anticancer therapy NANO MICRO LETTERS, 2021, Vol. 13 (11), pp. 1-34; EISSN 2150-5551, doi: 10.1007/s40820-020-00537-8. Correction to: Remotely Activated Nanoparticles for Anticancer Therapy. Nano-Micro Lett. 13, 26 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40820-020-00553-8.

V. Cauda (Corr. Author), M. Laurenti “Editorial for Special Issue: ZnO Nanostructures for Tissue Regeneration, Drug-Delivery and Theranostics ApplicationsNANOMATERIALS, 2021, Vol. 11(2), pp. 296; ISSN 2076-4991, doi: 10.3390/nano11020296.


F. Susa, G.Bucca, T. Limongi, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), R. Pisano Enhancing the preservation of liposomes: the role of cryoprotectants, lipid formulations and freezing approaches” CRYOBIOLOGY, Volume 98, February 2021, Pages 46-56, 2021, ISSN: 0011-2240, doi: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2020.12.009

C. Venkatesh, M. Laurenti, M. Bandeira, E. Lanzagorta, L. Lucherini, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), D. M. Devine “Biodegradation and Antimicrobial Properties of Zinc Oxide–Polymer Composite Materials for Urinary Stent ApplicationsCOATINGS, 2020, Vol. 10, pp. 1002 (1-21), ISSN 2079-6412 doi: 10.3390/coatings10101002

V. Cauda, G. Canavese (Eds.) Mesoporous Materials for Drug Delivery and Theranostics” Pages: 204,   Published: December 2020, (This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue Mesoporous Materials for Drug Delivery and Theranostics that was published in Pharmaceutics), MDPI (Basel, Switzerland), ISBN 978-3-03943-939-3 (Hbk); ISBN 978-3-03943-940-9 (PDF) ) © 2020 by the authors; CC BY-NC-ND licence.

V. Cauda (Corr. Author), G. Canavese Editorial for Special Issue: Mesoporous Materials for Drug Delivery and TheranosticsPHARMACEUTICS,2020, Vol. 12 (11), pp. 1108 (1-3), EISSN 1999-4923, doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics12111108.

J. C. Matos, M. Laurenti, V. Vighetto, L. C. J. Pereira, J. C. Waerenborgh, M. C. Gonçalves, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) “Biomimetic Amorphous Titania Nanoparticles as Ultrasound Responding Agents to improve ROS Production for Sonodynamic TherapyAPPLIED SCIENCES, 2020, Vol. 10(23), pp. 8479 (1-19), EISSN 2076-3417, doi: 10.3390/app10238479.

Canta M., Cauda V., The investigation of the parameters affecting the ZnO nanoparticles cytotoxicity behaviour: a tutorial review. Biomaterials Science, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0BM01086C

M. Laurenti, M. Grochowicz, E. Dragoni, M. Carofiglio, T. Limongi, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Biodegradable and drug-eluting inorganic composites based on mesoporous zinc oxide for urinary stent applications MATERIALS, 2020, Vol. 13, pp. 3821; EISSN 1996-1944, doi:10.3390/ma13173821.

S. Villata, M. Canta, V. Cauda EVs and Bioengineering: From Cellular Products to Engineered Nanomachines INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 2020, Vol. 21(17), pp. 6048; EISSN 1422-0067, doi: 10.3390/ijms21176048.

Cauda V. “Multimodal hybrid and theranostic nanoparticles as smart Trojan horses to fight cancer PROJECT REPOSITORY JOURNAL, Vol. 6, pp. 108–110.

M. Carofiglio, S. Barui, V. Cauda, M. Laurenti Doped zinc oxide nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and potential use in nanomedicineAPPLIED SCIENCES, 2020, Vol. 10(15), pp. 5194, EISSN 2076-3417, doi: 10.3390/app10155194

M. Battaglini, A. Marino, A. Carmignani, C. Tapeinos, V. Cauda, A. Ancona, N. Garino, V. Vighetto, G. La Rosa, E. Sinibaldi, and G. Ciofani, “Polydopamine nanoparticles as an organic and biodegradable multitasking tool for neuroprotection and remote neuronal stimulation” ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2020, ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c05497.

M. Laurenti, N. Garino, G. Canavese, S. Hernandéz, and V. Cauda, Piezo- and Photocatalytic Activity of Ferroelectric ZnO:Sb Thin Films for the Efficient Degradation of Rhodamine-β dye Pollutant, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 202012 (23), 25798-25808 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c03787

Barui, S.; Gerbaldo, R.; Garino, N.; Brescia, R.; Laviano, F.; Cauda, V. Facile Chemical Synthesis of Doped ZnO Nanocrystals Exploiting Oleic Acid. Nanomaterials 202010, 1150. doi: 10.3390/nano10061150

Barui, S.; Cauda, V. Multimodal Decorations of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Improved Cancer Therapy. Pharmaceutics2020, 12, 527. doi:

E. Ploetz, A. Zimpel, V. Cauda, D. Bauer, D. C. Lamb, C. Haisch, S. Zahler, A. M. Vollmar, S. Wuttke, H. Engelke Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticles Induce Pyroptosis in Cells Controlled by the Extracellular pH” ADVANCED MATERIALS, 2020, 1907267, pp. 1-8, ISSN: 0935-9648, doi: 10.1002/adma.201907267.

A. Ancona, A. Troia, N. Garino, B. Dumontel, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), G. Canavese “Leveraging re-chargeable nanobubbles on amine-functionalized ZnO nanocrystals for sustained ultrasound cavitation towards echographic imaging, ULTRASONICS SONOCHEMISTRY, 2020, Vol. 67, 105132 ISSN: 1350-4177, doi: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2020.105132.

N. Moradian, […], V. Cauda, […], N. Rezaei “The Urgent Need of Integrated Science to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond”, JOURNAL OF TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE, 2020, Vol. 18, Article n. 205, ISSN: 1479-5876, doi: 10.1186/s12967-020-02364-2.

L. Racca, T. Limongi, V. Vighetto, B. Dumontel, A. Ancona, M. Canta, G. Canavese, N. Garino, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) “Zinc Oxide nanocrystals and high-energy shock waves: a new synergy for the treatment, FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY – NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY, 2020, ISSN: 2296-4185, doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.00577.

M. Laurenti, N. Garino, G. Canavese, S. Hernandez, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Piezo- and photocatalytic activity of ferroelectric ZnO:Sb thin films for the efficient degradation of Rhodamine-β dye pollutantACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2020, Vol. X, pp. XX,ISSN:1944-8244, doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c03787.


V. Vighetto, A. Ancona, L. Racca, T. Limongi, A. Troia, G. Canavese, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) “The synergistic effect of nanocrystals combined with ultrasound in the generation of reactive oxygen species for biomedical applications FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY – NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY, 2019, Vol. 7, pp. 374, ISSN: 2296-4185, doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00374

F. Susa, T. Limongi, B. Dumontel, V. Vighetto, V. Cauda “Engineered Extracellular Vesicles as a reliable tool in cancer nanomedicine” CANCERS, 2019, Vol. 11(12), pp. 1979, ISSN: 2072-6694

B. Dumontel, F. Susa, T. Limongi, M. Canta, L. Racca, A. Chiodoni, N. Garino, G. Chiabotto, M.L. Centomo, Y. Pignocchino, V. Cauda “ZnO nanocrystals shuttled by extracellular vescicles as effective Trojan nano-horses against cancer cells”,  Nanomedicine (Lond), 2019, doi: 10.2217/nnm-2019-0231

M. Laurenti, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) “Biodegradable polymer nanocomposites for tissue engineering: synthetic strategies and related applicationsin V. Grumezescu, A. Grumezescu Ed. “Materials for Biomedical Engineering: Absorbable Polymers”, Elsevier Inc. 2019, Page Count: 462, Chapter 6, pp. 157-198, ISBN 9780128184158, doi: 10.​1016/​B978-0-12-818415-8.​00006-1

N. Garino, P. Sanvitale, B. Dumontel, M. Laurenti, M. Colilla, I. Izquierdo Barba, V. Cauda, M. Vallet-Regì, Zinc oxide nanocrystals as a nanoantibiotic and osteoinductive agent RSC ADVANCES, 2019, vol. 9, pp. 11312-11321, ISSN 2046-2069, doi: 10.1039/c8ra10236h

Limongi, M. Canta, L. Racca, A. Ancona, V. Vighetto, S. Tritta, V. CaudaImproving dispersal of therapeutic nanoparticles in the human body“, NANOMEDICINE, Vol 14, n.7, 2019, doi: 10.2217/nnm-2019-0070.

V. Cauda Hybrid smart nanocrystals and the shielding effect of phospholipidic bilayer for biomedical applications in Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference and Expo on Biomaterials, London (UK) 25-26th Feb 2019, JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOMATERIALS, 2019, Vol. 9, pp.28, ISSN: 2155-952X, doi: 10.4172/2155-952X-C1-111.

N. Garino, T. Limongi, B. Dumontel, M. Canta, L. Racca, M. Laurenti, M. Castellino, A. Casu, A. Falqui and V. CaudaA Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanocrystals Finely Tuned for Biological Applications“, Nanomaterials 2019, 9(2), 212; DOI: 10.3390/nano9020212

M. Laurenti, A. Lamberti, G. G. Genchi, I. Roppolo, G. Canavese, C. Vitale Brovarone, G. Ciofani, V. Cauda (Corr. Author)Graphene Oxide Finely Tunes the Bioactivity and Drug-Delivery of Mesoporous ZnO ScaffoldsACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2019, 11 (1), pp 449–456: 10.1021/acsami.8b20728

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Battaglini M., Tapeinos C., Cavaliere I., Marino A., Ancona A., Garino N., Cauda V. , Palazon F., Debellis D., and Ciofani G. Design, Fabrication, and In Vitro Evaluation of Nanoceria-Loaded Nanostructured Lipid Carriers for the Treatment of Neurological Diseases”, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2019, 5 (2), pp 670–682, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01033


B. Dumontel, M. Canta, F. Susa, L. Racca, A. Ancona, N. Garino, T. Limongi, A. Chiodoni, V. Cauda Enhanced biostability and biocompatibility of zinc oxide nanocrystals shielded by a phospholipid bilayer in Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 169.

F. Susa, B. Dumontel, M. Canta, L. Racca, N. Garino, T. Limongi, A. Chiodoni, V. Cauda Biomimetic hybrid nanoconstructs for cancer therapy” in Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 191.

E. Maruccia, F. Bella, S. Galliano, V. Cauda, C. Barolo, C. Gerbaldi “Preparation and characterization of zinc oxide based photoanodes for aqueous dye-sensitized solar cells” in Proceeding of the Merck and Elsevier Young Chemists Symposium (MEYCS 2018), Ed.: F. Bella, L. Botta, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Schlich, A. Soldà, R. Spezzano, S. Staderini, and L. Triggiani, ISBN 978-88-94952-03-2, page 79.

C. Lops, A. Ancona, K. Di Cesare, B. Dumontel, N. Garino, G. Canavese, S. Hérnandez, V. Cauda (Corr. Author) Sonophotocatalytic degradation mechanisms of Rhodamine B dye via radicals generation by micro- and nano-particles of ZnO APPLIED CATALYSIS B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 2019, Vol. 243, pp. 629-640,ISSN 0926-3373, doi: 10.​1016/​j.​apcatb.​2018.​10.​078.

L. Racca, M. Canta, B. Dumontel A. Ancona, T. Limongi, N. Garino, M. Laurenti, G. Canavese and V. Cauda, Zinc Oxide Nanostructures in Biomedicine, Smart Nanoparticles for Biomedicine, Micro and Nano Technologies, Elsevier, 2018, Pages 171-187 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-814156-4.00012-4. Click here for the full-text preprint version.

M. LaurentiM. Grochowicz and V. Cauda, Porous ZnO/2–Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate Eluting Coatings for Ureteral Stent Applications, Coatings 2018, 8(11), 376; doi:10.3390/coatings8110376

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A.  Ancona, B. Dumontel, N. Garino, B. Demarco, D. Chatzitheodoridou, W. Fazzini, H. Engelke, and V. Cauda “Lipid-Coated Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles as Innovative ROS-Generators for Photodynamic Therapy in Cancer Cells“, Nanomaterials 2018, 8(3), 143; doi:10.3390/nano8030143

M. Laurenti and V. Cauda “Gentamicin-Releasing Mesoporous ZnO Structures“, Materials 2018, 11(2), 314; doi:10.3390/ma11020314

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M. Laurenti and V. Cauda “ZnO Nanostructures for Tissue Engineering Applications” Nanomaterials 2017, 7(11), 374; doi:10.3390/nano7110374

M. Laurenti and V. CaudaPorous Zinc Oxide Thin Films: Synthesis Approaches and Applications” Coatings 2018, 8(2), 67; doi:10.3390/coatings8020067

G. Canavese, A. Ancona, L. Racca, M. Canta, B. Dumontel, F. Barbaresco, T. Limongi, V. Cauda Nanoparticle-assisted ultrasound: A special focus on sonodynamic therapy against cancerCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 2018, Volume 340, Pages 155-172, doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.01.060.


B. Dumontel, M. Canta, H. Engelke, A. Chiodoni,  L. Racca, A. Ancona, T. Limongi, G. Canavese, V. CaudaEnhanced Biostability and Cellular Uptake of Zinc Oxide Nanocrystals Shielded with Phospholipid Bilayer” JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY B, 2017, 5, 8799-8813, doi: 10.1039/c7tb02229h

B. Illes, P. Hirschle, S. Barnert, V. Cauda, S. Wuttke, H. Engelke “Exosome-Coated Metal Organic Framework Nanoparticles: An Efficient Drug Delivery Platform” CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 2017, 29 (19), pp 8042–8046, doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02358

Limongi, L. Tirinato, F. Pagliari, A.Giugni, M. Allione, G. Perozziello, P. Candeloro and E. Di Fabrizio, “Fabrication and Applications of Micro/Nanostructured Devices for Tissue Engineering“. Nano-Micro Letters 9 (1), (2017) doi: 10.1007/s40820-016-0103-7


M. Canta, B. Dumontel, L. Racca, A. Chiodoni, and V. Cauda Towards a comprehension of Zinc oxide nanoparticles behavior in inorganic and biological fluids in Proc. of the Merck Young Chemists Symposium, Ed. F. Bella, L. Botta, A. Bauchicchio, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, A. Erba, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Pavone, A. Soldà, S. Staderini, L. Triggiani, and D. Spinelli, ISBN 978-88-86208-92-5, page 118, 2016, Rome. Poster available here.

L. Racca, B. Dumontel, B. Miccoli, M. Canta, L. Serpe, R. Canaparo, C. Di Benedetto, A. Falqui, and V. Cauda Investigation of cytotoxic effects of different ZnO nanostructures on living cancer cells in Proc. of the Merck Young Chemists Symposium, Ed. F. Bella, L. Botta, A. Bauchicchio, R. Cucciniello, A. D’Urso, A. Erba, P. Franco, E. Lenci, G. Mazzone, M. Pavone, A. Soldà, S. Staderini, L. Triggiani, and D. Spinelli, ISBN 978-88-86208-92-5, page 158, 2016, Rome. Poster available here.

M. Laurenti, A. Verna, M. Fontana, S. Stassi, G. Canavese, S. L. Marasso, V. Cauda (Corr. author)How micropatterning and surface functionalization affect the wetting behavior of ZnO nanostructured surfaces ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES, 2016, Vol.3 (13), pp. 1600110 (1-8), ISSN: 2196-7350 doi: 10.1002/admi.201600110.

B. Miccoli, V. Cauda (Corr. Author), A. Bonanno, A. Sanginario, K. Bejtka, F. Bella, M. Fontana, D. Demarchi “One-Dimensional ZnO/Gold Junction for Simultaneous and Versatile Multisensing Measurements” SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 2016, Vol. 6, 29763 (pp.1-10), ISSN 2045-2322, doi: 10.1038/srep29763.

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Sanginario, V. Cauda, A. Bonanno, S. Sapienza, D. Demarchi “Electronic platform for real-time detection of bovine serum albumin by means of amine-functionalized zinc oxide microwiresRSC ADVANCES, 2016, Vol. 6, pp. 891-897, ISSN 2046-2069, doi: 10.1039/C5RA15787K.

M. Laurenti, S. Porro, C. Ricciardi, C. F. Pirri, and A. Chiolerio, “Zinc Oxide Thin Films for Memristive Devices: a Review”, Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences (2016),  42:2, 153-172, DOI: 10.1080/10408436.2016.1192988

M. Laurenti, S. Bianco, M. Castellino, N. Garino, A. Virga, C. F. Pirri, and P. Mandracci, “Toward Plastic Smart Windows: Optimization of Indium Tin Oxide Electrodes for the Synthesis of Electrochromic Devices on Polycarbonate Substrates”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 (2016) 8032–8042, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b00988

Garino N., Sacco A., Castellino M., Muñoz‐Tabares J. A., Armandi M., Chiodoni A., Pirri C. F. “One‐Pot Microwave‐Assisted Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Iron Oxide Nanocomposite Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”. Chemistry Select (2016), 1 (13), 3640-3646. DOI: 10.1002/slct.201601037

Garino N., Sacco A., Castellino M., Muñoz-Tabares J. A., Chiodoni A., Agostino V., Margaria V., Gerosa M., Massaglia G., Quaglio M. (2016). “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide/SnO2 Nanocomposite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Microbial Fuel Cells”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2016), 8 (7), 4633-4643. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b11198

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