Journal article

Atomically Thin Molybdenum Disulfide Nanopores with High Sensitivity for DNA Translocation

Atomically thin nanopore membranes are considered to be a promising approach to achieve single base resolution with the ultimate aim of rapid and cheap DNA sequencing. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is newly emerging as a material complementary to graphene due to its semiconductive nature and other interesting physical properties that can enable a wide range of potential sensing and nanoelectronics applications. Here, we demonstrate that monolayer or few-layer thick exfoliated MoS2 with subnanometer thickness can be transferred and suspended on a predesigned location on the 20 nm thick SiNx. membranes. Nanopores in MoS2 are further sculpted with variable sizes using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) to drill through suspended portions of the MoS2 membrane. Various types of double-stranded (ds) DNA with different lengths and conformations are translocated through such a novel architecture, showing improved sensitivity (signal-to-noise ratio >10) compared to the conventional silicon nitride (SiNx) nanopores with tens of nanometers thickness. Unlike graphene nanopores, no special surface treatment is needed to avoid hydrophobic interaction between DNA and the surface. Our results imply that MoS2 membranes with nanopore can complement graphene nanopore membranes and offer potentially better performance in transverse detection.

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