Bulletin of the American Physical Society
2005 APS March Meeting
Monday–Friday, March 21–25, 2005; Los Angeles, CA
Session R1: Poster Session III
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
LACC Room: Exhibit Hall 1:00-4:00pm
Abstract ID: BAPS.2005.MAR.R1.240
Abstract: R1.00240 : Device Piggy Back on Bacteria: Selective Nanoparticle Deposition on Live Bacterium
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(University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
Due to strong electrostatic attractive force, charge stabilized nanoparticles in solution (such as of Au), deposit and self-assemble at a faster rate on a solid substrate than particles stabilized by steric hindrance. The electrostatic interparticle repulsion between charge particles restricts the structure to a monolayer; however, the layer can not be percolating. On biological surfaces, with tethered functional biomolecules, we demonstrate fabrication of monolayers of 10-30 nm Au nanoparticles that are electrically conducting over 10 $\mu $m. The contact appears to be a metal/insulator/metal junction where the insulator is `charge neutralizing' biomolecules on the bacteria surface that `grabs' the particle as it lands on the surface. By modulating the property of the `insulator' a reversible humidity sensor is designed with higher sensitivity at low humidity that is in contrast with most impedance based humidity-sensors.
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