advanced nanopore functionalization

With respect to nanopore functionalization we are developing strategies allowing the design of (nano)locally functionalized nanopores, functional gradients, and multifunctional nanopores.

a) Polymerization control in nanopores

Advanced transport control in nanopores beyond gating in the first place requires functionalization control. This holds for gradual control of nanopore accessiblity, gradient design as well as for multifunctionality in nanopores. Therfore, we explored different polymerization strategies to control polymer amount and polymer location in nanoporous films.

Currently involved team members: Robert Brilmayer

Formerly involved team members: Dr. Fabio Krohm, Dr. Laura Silies-Kretschmar, Dr. Jessica Tom

Funding: LOEWE „Soft-Control“ 2011-2014, Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation (Exploration Grant) 2015-2016, LOEWE i-Napo

b) Multifunctional nanopores


Especially in the context of sensing, monitoring and the design of selective or coupled transport phenomena, multifunctional nanopores will be needed. Currently we are working on different strategies using interface effects such as wetting and the combination of differnet materials or looking at re-initiation of polymers and block-co-oligomer formation to place multiple functions into individual nanopores.

Funding: DFG collaboration Prof. N. Vogel, FAU Erlangen; LOEWE „i-NAPO

Currently involved team members: Maria Ochs, Robert Brilmayer

c) Near-field based local functionalization

Compartmentalization and miniaturization of device components is essential e.g. to build multifunctional small lab-on-chip devices. Transport direction will need functional (nano)gradients along nanopores. Localized detection will need (nano) local readout. We are exploring the potential of near field modes to localize polymer functionalization in three dimensions at the nanoscale. Due to the wavelength region of these near field modes such as surface plasmons this needs visible light (> 470 nm) induced polymerizations. Currently, we are for example investigating dye-sensitized polymerization using methylene blue or fluoresceine.

Currently involved team members: Nicole Herzog, Daniel John

Funding: Adolf-Messer Stiftung, DFG