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GaN Nanowire Functionalized with Atomic Layer Deposition Techniques for Enhanced Immobilization of Biomolecules



D. J. Guo, A. Abdulagatov, Devin M. Rourke, Kristine A. Bertness, S M. George, Y. C. Lee, Wei Tan


We report the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating as a nanobiosensor functionalization strategy for enhanced surface immobilization that may enable higher detection sensitivity. Three kinds ofALDcoating films, Al2O3,TiO2, and SiO2, were grown on the gallium nitride nanowire (GaN NW) surfaces and characterized with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and vacuum Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Results from HRTEM showed that the thicknesses of ALD-Al2O3, ALD-TiO2 and ALD-SiO2 coatings were 4-5 nm, 5-6 nm,and 12-14 nm, respectively. Results from FTIR showed that theOHcontents of these coatings were, respectively, ∼6.9,∼7.4, and ∼9.3 times that of piranha-treated GaN NW. Furthermore, to compare protein attachments on the different surfaces, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-biotin was grafted on the OH-functionalized GaN NW surfaces through active Si-Cl functional groups. Streptavidin protein molecules were then attached to the biotin ends via specific binding. The immobilized streptavidin molecules were examined with scanning electron microscopy, HRTEM, and fluorescent imaging. Results from HRTEM and energy-dispersive X-ray revealed that the nitrogen concentrations on the three ALD coatings were significantly higher than that on the piranha-treated surface. Results from fluorescent imaging further showed that the protein attachments on the Al2O3, TiO2, and SiO2 ALD coatings were, respectively, 6.4, 7.8,and 9.8 times that of piranha-treated surface. This study demonstrates that ALD coating can be used as a functionalization strategy for nanobiosensors because it is capable of creating functional groups with much higher density compared to widely used acid modifications, and among the three ALD coatings, ALD-SiO2 yielded the most promising results in OH content and protein attachment.


atomic layer deposition, biosensors, GaN nanowires


Guo, D. , Abdulagatov, A. , Rourke, D. , Bertness, K. , George, S. , Lee, Y. and Tan, W. (2010), GaN Nanowire Functionalized with Atomic Layer Deposition Techniques for Enhanced Immobilization of Biomolecules, Langmuir, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created October 31, 2010, Updated October 12, 2021