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BioNEMS: Nanomechanical systems for single-molecule biophysics

Arlett, J. L. and Paul, M. R. and Solomon, J. E. and Cross, M. C. and Fraser, S. E. and Roukes, M. L. (2007) BioNEMS: Nanomechanical systems for single-molecule biophysics. In: Controlled nanoscale motion Nobel Symposium 131. Lecture Notes in Physics . No.711. Berlin , New York, pp. 241-270. ISBN 978-3-540-49521-5.

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Techniques from nanoscience now enable the creation of ultrasmall electronic devices. Among these, nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) in particular offer unprecedented opportunities for sensitive chemical, biological, and physical measurements [1]. For vacuum-based applications NEMS provide extremely high force and mass sensitivity, ultimately below the attonewton and single-Dalton level respectively. In fluidic media, even though the high quality factors attainable in vacuum become precipitously damped due to fluid coupling, extremely small device size and high compliance still yield force sensitivity at the piconewton level - i.e., smaller than that, on average, required to break individual hydrogen bonds that are the fundamental structural elements underlying molecular recognition processes. A profound and unique new feature of nanoscale fluid-based mechanical sensors is that they offer the advantage of unprecedented signal bandwidth (»1 MHz), even at piconewton force levels. Their combined sensitivity and temporal resolution is destined to enable real-time observations of stochastic single-molecular biochemical processes down to the sub-microsecond regime [2].

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Additional Information:© 2007 Springer. We gratefully acknowledge interactions and work with the Caltech BioNEMS collective, spanning the Roukes, Fraser, Cross, and Phillips research groups. We are also grateful for support from DARPA/DSO SIMBIOSYS, via AFOSR grant number F49620-02-1-0085. M.P. thanks the Wellcome Foundation "Interfaces" program for additional support.
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