Topographically Flat Nanoplasmonic Sensor Chips for Biosensing and Materials Science
Journal article, 2017
Nanoplasmonic sensors typically comprise arrangements of noble metal nanoparticles on a dielectric support. Thus they are intrinsically characterized by surface topography with corrugations at the 10–100 nm length scale. While irrelevant in some bio- and chemosensing applications, it is also to be expected that the surface topography significantly influences the interaction between solids, fluids, nanoparticles and (bio)molecules, and the nanoplasmonic sensor surface. To address this issue, we present a wafer-scale nanolithography-based fabrication approach for high-temperature compatible, chemically inert and topographically flat and laterally homogeneous nanoplasmonic sensor chips. We demonstrate their sensing performance on three different examples, for which we also carry out a direct comparison with a traditional nanoplasmonic sensor with representative surface corrugation. Specifically, we (i) quantify the film-thickness dependence of the glass transition temperature in poly(methyl metacrylate) thin films, (ii) characterize the adsorption and specific binding kinetics of the avidin – b-BSA protein system and (iii) analyze supported lipid bilayer formation on SiO2 surfaces.
polymer glass transition
supported lipid bilayer formation
nanoplasmonic sensing (NPS)
b-BSA specific binding