Sub-10nm gold nanoarrays for tethering single molecules

Vanessa Z.-H. Chan*, Sarah L. Codd, Mark J. van der Helm, Joachim P. Spatz, Carlheinz Röcker, G. Ulrich Nienhaus, Stefano Levi, Frank C.J.M. van Veggel, David N. Reinhoudt, Martin Möller

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Nanometer sized gold patterns were produced with controlled spacings using the combination of a top-down (e-beam lithography) and a bottom-up (macromolecular chemistry) technique. Sub-10 nm nanoparticle arrays on silicon consisting of gold nanoparticles separated by micrometer spacings were fabricated with this approach. Using electron beam lithography, templates comprising of 150 nm to 1 mm sized trenches, holes and aperiodic patterns were made in an electron-beam resist. Block copolymer micelles were then patterned into this template by spincoating. The micelles acted as positioners for a nanometer sized gold precursor that is sequestered within its core. Subsequent removal of the resist layer left an array of Au loaded organic micelles ordered according to the pattern of the template. Exposure of this substrate to a hydrogen plasma removed the organic block copolymer and resulted in an array of sub-10 nm gold nanoparticles/nanoclusters with micron separations. The gold was then used as an anchor point for the tethering of functional molecules in order to localize fluorescent molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynthesis, Functional Properties and Applications of Nanostructures
EditorsHorst W. Hahn, Daniel L. Feldheim, Clifford P. Kubiak, Rina Tannenbaum, Richard W. Siegel
Place of PublicationWarrendale, PA
PublisherMaterials Research Society
ISBN (Print)9781558996120
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventMRS Spring Meeting 2001 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 15 Apr 200120 Apr 2001

Publication series

NameMRS Proceedings
PublisherMaterials Research Society
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


ConferenceMRS Spring Meeting 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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