We report on a simple and efficient method for the selective positioning of Au/DNA hybrid nanocircuits using a sequential combination of electron-beam lithography (EBL), plasma ashing, and a molecular patterning process. The nanostructures produced by the EBL and ashing process could be uniformly formed over a 12.6 in2 substrate with sub-10 nm patterning with good pattern fidelity. In addition, DNA molecules were immobilized on the selectively nanopatterned regions by alternating surface coating procedures of 3-(aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APS) and diamond like carbon (DLC), followed by deposition of DNA molecules into a well-defined single DNA nanowire. These single DNA nanowires were used not only for fabricating Au/DNA hybrid nanowires by the conjugation of Au nanoparticles with DNA, but also for the formation of Au/DNA hybrid nanocircuits. These nanocircuits prepared from Au/DNA hybrid nanowires demonstrate conductivities of up to 4.3 × 105 S/m in stable electrical performance. This selective and precise positioning method capable of controlling the size of nanostructures may find application in making sub-10 nm DNA wires and metal/DNA hybrid nanocircuits.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering