On-demand delivery of single DNA molecules

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Nanopipettes can be used to analyse and deliver DNA molecules one at the time with the flip of a switch. By using voltage pulses we could control the time of ejection of the first DNA molecule and the number of molecules delivered. Beside begin a very neat effect, demonstrated both experimentally and from simulations, we believe this technology could be used to deliver individual DNA plasmids inside single cells to study DNA transfection.

Prussian blue Nanoelectrode

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Carbon nanoelectrodes fabricated using the procedure described here can be electrochemically etched to from a nanocavity. We deposited Prussian Blue, one of the first modern pigment and an excellent catalyst for the reduction of hydrogen peroxyde, within formed nanocavity. This allowed the quantification of H2O2 within 10 μM – 3 mM. We envision the application of these nanosensors for the intracellular monitoring of oxidative stress in living cells.

Carbohydrate-activated nanofluidic diode

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We developed a nanopipette that can detect sugars in solution. We achieved this by functionalizing the nanopipette opening with a polyelectrolyte bearing boronic acid moieties.  The functionalized nanopipette acts as a fluidic diode where the rectification of the ionic current flowing through the nanopipette depends on the concentraiton of sugars in solution.