Ultrathin and nanostructured ZnO-based films for fluorescence biosensing applications

Yana Aleeva, Cristina Satriano, Yana Aleeva, Maria Elena Fragalà

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The fluorescence-based sensing capability of ultrathin ZnO-SiO(2) nanoplatforms, deposited by an integrated approach of colloidal lithography and metal organic chemical vapor deposition, has been investigated upon adsorption of fluorescein-labeled albumin, used as model analyte biomolecule. The protein immobilization process after spontaneous adsorption/desorption significantly enhances the green emission of the different ZnO-based films, as evidenced by scanning confocal microscopy, corresponding to a comparable protein coverage detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Moreover, experiments of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching evidence that the protein lateral diffusion at the biointerface is affected by the chemical and/or topographical patterning of hybrid ZnO-SiO(2) surfaces. The used approach is very promising for biomolecular detection applications of these ZnO-SiO(2) nanoplatforms, by simple sizing of the 2D vs. 3D patterning design, which in turn is accomplished by the fine tuning of the integrated colloidal lithography-chemical vapor deposition processes. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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