Electrochemical Positioning of Ordered Nanostructures
Technical Report,01 Feb 2015,31 Jan 2016
Chicago State University Chicago United States
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This proposal introduces a new program in DNA technology research. It will also focus on chemical, material, and environmental sciences, as well as academic teaching in these areas. The major piece of equipment that is the subject of this application is the Atomic Force Microscope AFM. Using this equipment, faculty and students will seek to explore two questions, 1 What are some of the changes in the electric properties voltage and current of surfaces with DNA nanostructures binding on surfaces, and 2 Can we reposition DNA nanostructures bound to a surface, i.e. can we control binding and orientation with the use of an applied potential on a patterned surface. This proposal is designed to increase the capabilities at Chicago State University CSU to conduct research and to train students in areas important to the Army Research Laboratory. We will pursue research in the area of biomaterials and devices that have controllable features on the nanometer scale tens of angstroms. Ultimately, undergraduate students who are mostly located on the economically-deprived Southside of Chicago will be better prepared for new technology-driven jobs.