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August 14th, 2009

Instant insight: Zooming in on sensors

Abstract:
Nanostructures have the potential to transform the way we investigate life processes but only if we can find good ways to make them. Seunghun Hong, at Seoul National University, Korea, and colleagues discuss ways to integrate nanowires and nanotubes on chips.

Recent advances in nanotechnology have enabled high resolution chemical and biological detection - as sensors get smaller, their detection limit improves. So 1D nanostructures make ideal building blocks for sensors. These nanostructures, including nanowires (NWs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), make it possible to detect individual molecules. For example, scientists have used SWNTs to measure the conductivity change caused by a single base pair mismatch in DNA. Combining these new components on lab-on-a-chip formats brightens the prospect for scientists developing advanced tools to investigate biochemical and life processes.

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