Contact Transfer Printing of Side Edge Prefunctionalized Nanoplasmonic Arrays for Flexible microRNA Biosensor

Jihye Lee, Jiyun Park, Jun Young Lee, Jong Souk Yeo

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For a nanoplasmonic approach of wearable biochip platform, understanding correlation between near-field enhancement on nanostructures and sensing capability is a crucial step to improve the sensitivity in biosensing. A novel and effective method is demonstrated to increase sensitivity with the enhanced electric fields and to reduce noise with targeted functionalization enabled by transferring side edge prefunctionalized (SEPF) nanostructure arrays onto flexible substrates. Nanostructure sidewalls have selective biochemically functional terminals for the hybridization of microRNAs (miRNAs) and the immobilization of resonant nanoparticles, thus forming hetero assemblies of the nanostructure and the nanoparticles. The unique configuration has shown ultrasensitive biosensing of miRNA-21 in a 10 × 10−15 m level by a red-shift in scattering spectra induced by a plasmon coupling. This ultrasensitive SEPF nanostructure arrays are fabricated on a flexible substrate using a contact transfer printing with a release layer of trichloro(1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl)silane. The introduction of the release layer at a prefunctionalizing step has proven to provide selective functionalization only on the sidewalls of the nanostructures. This reduces a background noise caused by the scattering from nonspecifically bound nanoparticles on the substrate, thus enabling reliable and precise detection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1500121
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept

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© 2015 The Authors. Published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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