Theses Doctoral

Single-Molecule Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors for Genomic Applications

Trocchia, Scott

Single-molecule carbon nanotube-based field-effect transistors are promising all-electronic devices for probing interactions of various biological and chemical molecules at the single- molecule level. Such devices consist of point-functionalized carbon nanotubes which are charge sensitive in the vicinity of a generated defect on the nanotube sidewall. Of particular interest is the characterization of the kinetic rates and thermodynamics of DNA duplex formation through repeated association (hybridization) and dissociation (melting) events on timescales unmatched by conventional single-molecule methods. In this work, we study the kinetics and thermodynamics of DNA duplex formation with two types of single-walled nanotubes: CVD-grown and solution-processed. In both assessments, we are able to extract kinetic and thermodynamic parameters governing the hybridization and melting of DNA oligonucleotides. In the latter case, devices are spun onto a wafer surface from an organic suspension, revealing consistent electrical characteristics. Significant effort is made to expand this work to wafer-level, in an effort to make the fabrication manufacturable.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Electrical Engineering
Thesis Advisors
Shepard, Kenneth L.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
February 9, 2018