Insulating Behavior of [Formula presented]-DNA on the Micron Scale

Y. Zhang, R. H. Austin, J. Kraeft, E. C. Cox, N. P. Ong

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We have investigated the electrical conductivity of [Formula presented]-DNA using DNA covalently bonded to Au electrodes. Thiol-modified dTTP was incorporated into the “sticky” ends of bacteriophage [Formula presented]-DNA using DNA polymerase. Two-probe measurements on such molecules provide a hard lower bound for the resistivity [Formula presented] at bias potentials up to 20 V, in conflict with recent claims of moderate to high conductivity. By direct imaging, we show that the molecules are present after the measurements. We stress the importance of eliminating salt residues in these measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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