6 March 2014 Optomechanical manipulation of chemical reactions on the nanoscale with optofluidic nanotweezers
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Chemical reactions are often described as a progression along a reaction coordinate. Waveguide evanescent fields generate an electromagnetic force that spans tens of nanometers and have been used previously to trap protein molecules. Applying this force along a reaction coordinate could radically alter the chemical reaction by modifying the activation energy or biasing the reaction towards a specific pathway. Here, we show that the adsorption of proteins onto carbon nanotubes can be controlled with opto-mechanical forces. An analytic model for the reaction was developed, the predictions of which were explored by probing the energy barrier under various experimental conditions.
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Dakota O'Dell, Dakota O'Dell, Xavier Serey, Xavier Serey, David Erickson, David Erickson, } "Optomechanical manipulation of chemical reactions on the nanoscale with optofluidic nanotweezers", Proc. SPIE 8976, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XII, 897613 (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040138; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040138

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