Detection and characterization of molecular interactions on membrane surfaces is important to biological and pharmacological research. In one embodiment, silver nanocubes interfaced with glass-supported model membranes form a label-free sensor that measures protein binding to the membrane. The present device and technique utilizes plasmon resonance scattering of nanoparticles, which are chemically coupled to the membrane. In contrast to other plasmonic sensing techniques, this method features simple, solution-based device fabrication and readout. Static and dynamic protein/membrane binding are monitored and quantified.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT
 This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.