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DNA-templated nanowires as sacrificial materials for creating nanocapillaries
Author(s): Jacob T. Stewart; Hector A. Becerril; Weichun Yang; Megan G. Larsen; Adam T. Woolley
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Paper Abstract

DNA has shown great promise as a template for the controlled localization of various materials and the construction of wires with nanometer-dimension cross sections. We have recently developed a strategy for fabrication of nanocapillaries, using DNA-templated nanowires as a sacrificial material. We first form metal nanowires through the selective electrochemical deposition of nickel atop a surface-aligned DNA molecule. We then deposit a thin layer of silicon dioxide on top of the DNA nanostructures. Next, we photolithographically pattern openings over the ends of the wires and etch through the silicon dioxide layer to expose the metal nanowires. Finally, we etch out the DNA-templated nickel nanowires. This process results in the formation of nanocapillaries having the same dimensions as the originally formed DNA-templated nanowires. We have characterized these DNA-templated nanocapillaries using atomic force microscopy, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These constructs have potential for application in nanofluidics, power generation, sample preconcentration, and chemical sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7035, Biosensing, 70350H (29 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794044
Show Author Affiliations
Jacob T. Stewart, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Hector A. Becerril, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Weichun Yang, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Megan G. Larsen, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Adam T. Woolley, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7035:
Manijeh Razeghi; Hooman Mohseni, Editor(s)

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