Nanoparticle Bridges for Studying Electrical Properties of Organic Molecules

  • Klaus LeiferEmail author
  • Ken Welch
  • Syed Hassan Mujtaba Jafri
  • Tobias Blom
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 906)


The use of single molecules as building blocks for practical electronic devices and sensors has high potential for novel applications due to the versatility of electronic properties of the molecules. Nano-sized molecules offer great potential for further miniaturization of electronic devices. We describe a method where such molecules are used to bridge a nanoparticles-nanoelectrode interface and thus determine the electrical properties of such a junction. We describe in detail the fabrication of the platform, its functionalization with molecules, and the basics of the electrical measurements. This platform has been shown to guide electrical current through a few molecules. The versatility of such nanoparticle-molecule-nanoelectrode heterojunctions makes this platform suitable for both basic molecular electronics measurements and also for molecular sensing devices in biological and medical applications.

Key words

Nanoparticles Nanoparticle bridge Molecular electronics Functionalization Nanoelectrode Dielectrophoretic trapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Leifer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ken Welch
    • 2
  • Syed Hassan Mujtaba Jafri
    • 1
  • Tobias Blom
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Applied Materials ScienceUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Nanotechnology and Functional MaterialsUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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