Kazumichi Yokota

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A major goal in medical research is to develop a DNA sequencing technique that is capable of reading an entire human genome at low cost. Recently, it was proposed that DNA sequencing could be performed by measuring the electron transport properties of the individual nucleotides in a DNA molecule. Here, we report electrical detection of single nucleotides(More)
Post-translational modifications alter the properties of proteins through the cleavage of peptide bonds or the addition of a modifying group to one or more amino acids. These modifications allow proteins to perform their primary biological functions, but single-protein studies of post-translational modifications have been hindered by a lack of suitable(More)
Lack of an appropriate method for wiring molecules that have controlled functions and structures has been a barrier for the development of molecular devices. We developed an interconnect method to program three kinds of component molecules with their own functions and to wire a molecular device in a self-organized manner. By using the interconnect method we(More)
We report the application of an intermolecular interaction design for organic conductor crystals with a high conductance to a molecule-electrode design for a high single-molecule conductance by using dithiol and diselenol terthiophenes. We found that dithiol and diselenol single-molecule junctions show the highest single-molecule conductance among(More)
Single molecule identification in metal-molecule-metal junctions provides an ultimate probe that opens a new avenue for revolutionary advances in demonstrating single molecule device functions. Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) is an ultra-sensitive method for probing vibrational characteristics of molecules with atomic resolution.(More)
Resistive pulse sensing with nanopores having a low thickness-to-diameter aspect-ratio structure is expected to enable high-spatial-resolution analysis of nanoscale objects in a liquid. Here we investigated the sensing capability of low-aspect-ratio pore sensors by monitoring the ionic current blockades during translocation of polymeric nanobeads. We(More)
Reliable ways of DNA sequencing by tunnelling current require low-noise and high-speed measurements of tunnelling current in aqueous environments. Here we report a use of insulator-protected nanoprobes for achieving 7.6 pA rms noise at 50 kHz sampling rates in an electrolyte solution. We utilized dielectric-covered mechanically-controllable break junctions(More)
Conventional concepts of resistive pulse analysis is to discriminate particles in liquid by the difference in their size through comparing the amount of ionic current blockage. In sharp contrast, we herein report a proof-of-concept demonstration of the shape sensing capability of solid-state pore sensors by leveraging the synergy between nanopore technology(More)
Molecular junction is a chemically-defined nanostructure whose discrete electronic states are expected to render enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit suitable for energy-harvesting applications. Here, we report on geometrical dependence of thermoelectricity in metal-molecule-metal structures. We performed simultaneous measurements of the electrical(More)