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Biosensors 2016, 6(2), 21; doi:10.3390/bios6020021

Implementing Silicon Nanoribbon Field-Effect Transistors as Arrays for Multiple Ion Detection

Department of Physics, University of Basel, Basel 4056, Switzerland
Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Basel 4056, Switzerland
Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen 5232, Switzerland
Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel, Basel 4056, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: Jeff D. Newman
Received: 6 March 2016 / Revised: 23 April 2016 / Accepted: 26 April 2016 / Published: 6 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Field-Effect Transistor Biosensors)
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Ionic gradients play a crucial role in the physiology of the human body, ranging from metabolism in cells to muscle contractions or brain activities. To monitor these ions, inexpensive, label-free chemical sensing devices are needed. Field-effect transistors (FETs) based on silicon (Si) nanowires or nanoribbons (NRs) have a great potential as future biochemical sensors as they allow for the integration in microscopic devices at low production costs. Integrating NRs in dense arrays on a single chip expands the field of applications to implantable electrodes or multifunctional chemical sensing platforms. Ideally, such a platform is capable of detecting numerous species in a complex analyte. Here, we demonstrate the basis for simultaneous sodium and fluoride ion detection with a single sensor chip consisting of arrays of gold-coated SiNR FETs. A microfluidic system with individual channels allows modifying the NR surfaces with self-assembled monolayers of two types of ion receptors sensitive to sodium and fluoride ions. The functionalization procedure results in a differential setup having active fluoride- and sodium-sensitive NRs together with bare gold control NRs on the same chip. Comparing functionalized NRs with control NRs allows the compensation of non-specific contributions from changes in the background electrolyte concentration and reveals the response to the targeted species. View Full-Text
Keywords: chemical sensing; nanoribbons; sodium; fluoride; gold; ion-sensitive field-effect transistors; chemFETs chemical sensing; nanoribbons; sodium; fluoride; gold; ion-sensitive field-effect transistors; chemFETs

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Stoop, R.L.; Wipf, M.; Müller, S.; Bedner, K.; Wright, I.A.; Martin, C.J.; Constable, E.C.; Fanget, A.; Schönenberger, C.; Calame, M. Implementing Silicon Nanoribbon Field-Effect Transistors as Arrays for Multiple Ion Detection. Biosensors 2016, 6, 21.

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