We present a new strategy for fabricating a silicon nanopore device allowing straightforward fluidic integration and electrical as well as optical monitoring. The device presents nanopores of diameters 10 nm to 160 nm, and could therefore be used to obtain solvent-free free-standing lipid bilayers from small unilamellar vesicles (SUV) or large unilamellar vesicles (LUV). The silicon chip fabrication process only requires front side processing of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic interface is assembled on the silicon chip for fluidic handling and electrical addressing. We detail the electrical specifications of our device and some perspectives showing that the use of an SOI substrate is a convenient way to reduce the electrical noise in a silicon nanopore device without the need of a photolitographic patterned passivation layer. We then demonstrate simultaneous electrical and optical monitoring by capturing negatively charged fluorescent nanoparticles. Finally, in the perspective of solvent-free free-standing lipid bilayers, we show that incubation of SUV results in a drastic increase of the device electrical resistance, which is likely due to the formation of a free-standing lipid bilayer sealing the nanopores.
Biomedical Microdevices – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 4, 2017
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