Recognition tunneling measurement of the conductance of DNA bases embedded in self-assembled monolayers

Shuo Huang, Shuai Chang, Jin He, Peiming Zhang, Feng Liang, Michael Tuchband, Shengqing Li, Stuart Lindsay

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The DNA bases interact strongly with gold electrodes, complicating efforts to measure the tunneling conductance through hydrogen-bonded Watson-Crick base pairs. When bases are embedded in a self-assembled alkanethiol monolayer to minimize these interactions, new features appear in the tunneling data. These new features track the predictions of density functional calculations quite well, suggesting that they reflect tunnel conductance through hydrogen-bonded base pairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20443-20448
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number48
StatePublished - Dec 9 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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