Measurements of low-conductance single molecules using gold nanoelectrodes: limitations and considerations
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A high resistance nanogap platform was used to trap and electrically characterize 30 nm thiolated double-stranded DNA molecules. High resolution scanning electron microscopy was also used to image the trapped DNA strands. It was found that the surface state of the electrodes and underlying substrate could influence the measurements of trapped molecules when measured resistances were on the order of TW or greater. Hydrophilic surfaces gave rise to larger leakage currents that could potentially mask underlying signals from molecules positioned in the nanogap. Finally, careful handling of the samples and control of the environment is essential to avoid surface charging of the oxide substrate layer as these parasitic charges affect electrical measurements of the nanogap. The presented results should be useful for characterization of molecules in molecular electronics or sensors employing nanogap platforms.
Nanogap, nanoelectrode, DNA, molecular electronics, surface charge
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122949DiVA: diva2:311480