Electrical transport properties of Au-doped deoxyribonucleic acid molecules

Jong Seung Hwang, Su Heon Hong, Hyung Kwon Kim, Young Whan Kwon, Jung Il Jin, Sung Woo Hwang, Doyeol Ahn

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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules were doped with Au atoms and their electrical transport properties were measured. The Au doping was carried out by incubating a mixture of HAuCl4·3H2O and DNA solutions. The binding of Au atoms to DNA bases was identified using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The Au-doped DNA molecules were deposited on nanoelectrodes and the presence of the molecules between the electrodes was determined by both scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Measurement of the current-voltage characteristics showed that the Au-doped DNA molecules exhibited a higher conductivity than undoped DNA molecules. Detailed analysis of the chemical composition shows that there is a strong possibility of reliably controlling the conductivity of DNA molecules using this method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2623-2625
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number4 B
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • DNA
  • Doping
  • FTIR
  • Molecule
  • Transport
  • XPS


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