Organic/Inorganic (O/I) nanoplatforms of ZnO/polystyrene (PS)/SiO2, both chemically and topographically nanostructured, have been fabricated by using a hybrid bottom up approach of colloidal lithography, silicon-based self assembled monolayer deposition, metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) and/or wet chemistry synthesis. The resulting materials consist of ZnO (or SiO2) nanoring arrays grown on PS colloidal nanoparticles previously assembled onto silicon oxide (or zinc oxide) substrates. The synthetic approach - i.e., MOCVD vs. wet chemistry - as well as the fine tuning of the deposition parameters, allow controlling the growth of nanostructured ZnO films, with thickness ranging from few tens to hundreds of nanometers and topography changing from continuous nanorings to patterned nanorods arrays. As proof of working of the prepared nanoplatforms in protein sensing applications, both optical properties changes and mass uptake have been investigated by in situ and ex situ experiments of protein adsorption, respectively. Indeed, the interface between the nanostructured materials and selected model proteins (including albumin, lysozyme and ferritin) has been investigated by advanced characterization techniques, including laser scanning confocal microscopy and related fluorescence recovery after photobleaching application, atomic force microscopy and angular dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as by conventional UV-visible and (ATR) FTIR spectroscopies.
|Titolo:||New hybrid ZnO-based nanoplatforms for protein sensing applications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.2 Abstract in Atti di convegno|