High-Throughput Nanocapillary Filling Enabled by Microwave Radiation for Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Imaging

Solid state nanopores provide a highly sensitive tool for single-molecule sensing and probing nanofluidic effects in solutions. Glass nanopipettes are a cheap and robust type of solid-state nanopore produced from pulling glass capillaries with opening orifice diameters down to below tens of nanometers. Sub-50 nm nanocapillaries allow an unprecedented resolution for translocating single molecules or for scanning ion conductance microscopy imaging. Due to the small opening orifice diameters, such nanocapillaries are difficult to fill with solutions, compromising their advantages of low cost, availability, and experimental simplicity. We present a simple and cheap method to reliably fill nanocapillaries down to sub-10 nm diameters by microwave radiation heating. Using a large statistic of filled nanocapillaries, we determine the filling efficiency and physical principle of the filling process using sub-50 nm quartz nanocapillaries. Finally, we have used multiple nanocapillaries filled by our method for high-resolution scanning ion conductance microscopy imaging.


Published in:
Acs Applied Nano Materials, 3, 8, 7829-7834
Year:
Aug 28 2020
Publisher:
Washington, AMER CHEMICAL SOC
ISSN:
2574-0970
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