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Nanoscale Tweezers for single molecule manipulation

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    Dr P Actis
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Are you interested in working at the interface between electronic engineering, physics, and biology? Do you want to contribute to the development of the next generation of ultra-sensitive tools for personalized health?

We have recently developed nanoscale tweezers based on double-barrel nanopipettes that take advantage of dielectrophoretic forces to trap individual molecules in solution (Nature Nanotechnology, In press). The nanoscale tweezers can generate trapping forces per applied potential many orders of magnitude higher than any other device reported in the literature.

This project will exploit this discovery to enable concurrent manipulation and sensing of individual molecules. Within this project, you will tackle the problem of single molecule sensing and analysis, a key challenge for the development of ultra-sensitive diagnostic devices for personalised health.

You will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for nanofabrication and characterisation and you will be trained in a variety of biophysical techniques both optical and electrical. You will be based in a dynamic environment within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering where over 15 scientists from all over the world work at the interface of biology and electronics.

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