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Electrically conductive magnetic nanowires using an electrochemical DNA-templating route

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Scott Watson, Dr Ben Horrocks, Professor Andrew HoultonORCiD



The fabrication of electrically conducting magnetic nanowires has been achieved using electrochemical DNA-templating of iron. In this approach, binding of the Fe2+ cations to the DNA "template" molecules has been utilised to promote growth along the molecular axis. Formation of Fe within the product material was verified by XRD and XPS studies, which confirmed an iron/oxide "core-shell" structure. The effectiveness of the DNA duplex to direct the metal growth in one dimension was highlighted by AFM which reveals the product material to comprise high aspect ratio nanostructured architectures. These "nanowires" were observed to have morphologies consisting of densely packed linear arrangements of metal particles along the template, with wire diameters up to 26 nm. The structures were confirmed to be electrically conductive, as expected for such Fe-based materials, and to display superparamagnetic behaviour, consistent with the small size and particulate nature of the nanowires.

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Author(s): Watson SMD, Mohamed HDA, Horrocks BR, Houlton A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nanoscale

Year: 2013

Volume: 5

Issue: 12

Pages: 5349-5359

Print publication date: 21/06/2013

Online publication date: 24/04/2013

Acceptance date: 17/04/2013

Date deposited: 24/04/2015

ISSN (print): 2040-3364

ISSN (electronic): 2040-3372

Publisher: RSC Publications


DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00716b


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Azzaytuna University, Tarhuna, Libya
Libyan Government
Newcastle University
One North East
245565EU-FP7 project LAMAND