Electrical Characteristics and Doping Mechanism of DNA Molecules Doped with Iodine Solutions
This study examined the electrical characteristics of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules doped with iodine solution and their chemical state changes before and after doping. The experiments were progressed in each lambda (), poly(dA)–poly(dT) and poly(dG)–poly(dC) DNA under the same conditions. The authors prepared 20 nm gap Au/Ti electrodes fabricated by e-beam lithography. DNA solutions were dropped on the nano gap of the electrodes and DNA films were formed by drying in a vacuum. DNA films were doped with an iodine solution dissolved in methanol. The authors measured the electrical conductivity of DNA molecules as the number of iodine doping times in 10−2 torr vacuum. As increase of the iodine solution doping number, the electrical conductivity of three sorts of DNA molecules was remarkably improved respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to inspect the electrical conduction mechanism that holes on DNA nitrogen region were generated by transferring electrons to iodine molecules.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 May 2010
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