Single Molecule Experiments on DNA
with Novel Silicon Nanostructures

By Arnold J. Storm
September 2004
Delft University Press
ISBN: 9040724857
170 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$59.50 Paper Original


This is a Ph.D. dissertation. Nanotechnology can be defined as the development and use of devices with dimensions on the nanometer level. In this thesis the physical properties of single molecules are addressed using existing and newly developed fabrication techniques for silicon-based devices. The ability to fabricate devices with dimensions on the scale of molecules allows us to probe the properties of individual molecules. This thesis covers three research subjects.

Contents include: Introduction and outline, Fabrication of solid-state nanopores with single-nanometer precision, Electron-beam-induced deformations of SiO2 nanostructures, Translocations of double-strand DNA through a silicon oxide nanopore, Fast DNA translocation through a solid-state nanopore, Insulating behavior for DNA molecules between nanoelectrodes at the 100nm length scale, Electrochemistry at lithographically fabricated nanometer-scale electrodes.


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