Fabrication and Characterization of Gold Nano-gaps for ssDNA Immobilization and Hybridization Detection

Fabrication and Characterization of Gold Nano-gaps for ssDNA Immobilization and Hybridization Detection

Th. S. Dhahi U. Hashim N. M. Ahmed H. Nazma 

Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)

University Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia

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10 November 2010
16 December 2010
13 May 2011
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We develop a method for fabricating the nano-gaps directly by using just photolithography and wet etching processes without any nano lithography or difficult techniques. It shows that this resolution enhancement allows one to fabricate metal electrodes with separation from arbitrarily large to fewer than one hundred nanometers. Furthermore, because these nano-gaps are on a thin film, they can be imaged with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Efforts toward achieving electrical contact to nanostructures have been active for over a decade. Even though several devices based on “nano-gaps” – two gaps separated by a nanometer-scale distance - have been demonstrated, their realization has remained a significant challenge. Even the best methods are highly labor-intensive and suffer from low yield and poor geometrical control. Most nano-gaps are also incompatible with high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As a consequence, the proof of the nano-gap quality and content in past studies has been indirect. High-resolution imaging is therefore required to ensure the quality of nano-gaps and to be able to identify possible artifacts. This project presents a unique vertical nano-gap biosensor that can detect changes in DNA structure. Using a size reduction to interrogate samples between the nano-scale gaps, this biosensor will be sensitive enough to record the conformational changes for ss-DNA.


nano-gap, biosensor, DNA, gold electrode, immobilization, hybridization

1. Introduction
2. Experimental Method
3. Results and Discussion
4. Plan for Future Biosensor Fabrication
5. Conclusions

This work was supported by the Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE) University Malaysia Perlis (UniMaP) and the Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia.


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