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Nanoscopic electrode molecular probes

United States Patent

May 22, 2012
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The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for enhancing the electron transport property measurements of a molecule when the molecule is placed between chemically functionalized carbon-based nanoscopic electrodes to which a suitable voltage bias is applied. The invention includes selecting a dopant atom for the nanoscopic electrodes, the dopant atoms being chemically similar to atoms present in the molecule, and functionalizing the outer surface and terminations of the electrodes with the dopant atoms.
Krstic; Predrag S. (Knoxville, TN), Meunier; Vincent (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 321,823
January 26, 2009
This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC, and under contract number 1 R21 HG003578-01 by the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.