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Subpicomolar Iron Sensing Platform Based on Functional Lipid Monolayer Microarrays

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posted on 14.03.2016, 00:00 authored by Ahmad Kenaan, Tuyen D. Nguyen, Hervé Dallaporta, Jean-Manuel Raimundo, Anne M. Charrier
We report herein the fabrication of novel microarrays based on air-stable functional lipid monolayers over silicon using a combination of e-beam lithography and lift-off. We demonstrate these microarrays can be use as ultrasensitive platform for Kelvin probe force microscopy in sensing experiments. Specificity of the detection is given by the functional group grafted at the lipid headgroup. The arrays developed for the detection of ferric ions, Fe3+, using a γ-pyrone derivative chelator, demonstrate subpicomolar limit of detection with high specificity. In addition, the technique takes advantage of the structure of the array with the silicon areas playing the role of reference for the measurement, and we determine critical pattern dimensions below which the probe size/shape impacts the measured results.