Chemistry Division

Chemistry Overview

The biosensor team currently pursues a variety of surface modifications, the most important of which is the attachment of thin-films to our sensor platforms and the subsequent attachment of ligands to these surfaces. Also ongoing are efforts to develop novel silanes and thiols for coating planar surfaces, quantum dots, SERS particles, and silica-based reporters for biofouling resistance, photostability, aggregation prevention, and/or ligand attachment.

Finally, we are working to apply these thin-films to other sensing platforms. To reach these goals, we rely on our teammates, surface chemistry/self assembly techniques, synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry tools, and a wide variety of analytical methods (nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy; spectroscopic ellipsometry; atomic force and scanning electron microscopy; and water contact angle measurements).

Aaron Anderson
Biosensor: thin films
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