Tuneable Surface Shear Forces to Physically Displace Nonspecific Molecules in Protein Biomarker Detection
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We report a simple method to remove nonspecifically adsorbed species from sensor surface and also improve the detection sensitivity of the sensor using tuneable alternating current (ac) electrohydrodynamics (ac-EHD) forces. These forces generated within few nanometers of an electrode surface (i.e., double layer) engender fluid flow within a serpentine channel containing a long array of the asymmetric electrode pairs, and can easily be tuned externally by changing the frequency and amplitude of the ac-EHD field. Under the optimized experimental conditions, we achieved a 3.5-fold reduction in nonspecific adsorption of non-target proteins with a 1000-fold enhancement in detection sensitivity of the device for the analysis of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) protein spiked in serum. This approach can be applicable in diverse fields including biosensors, cellular and molecular separation systems and biomedical applications to remove/reduce nonspecific adsorption of molecular and cellular species.
Biosensors and Bioelectronics
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