Murali Krishna Ghatkesar

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Micromechanical cantilever arrays are used to measure time-resolved adsorption of tiny masses based on protein-ligand interactions. Here, streptavidin-biotin interactions are investigated in a physiological environment. A measurement method is introduced using higher flexural modes of a silicon cantilever in order to enhance the sensitivity of mass(More)
Membrane proteins are central to many biological processes, and the interactions between transmembrane protein receptors and their ligands are of fundamental importance in medical research. However, measuring and characterizing these interactions is challenging. Here we report that sensors based on arrays of resonating microcantilevers can measure such(More)
We evaluated the potential and limitations of resonating nanomechanical microcantilevers for the detection of mass adsorption. As a test system we used mass addition of gold layers of varying thickness. Our main findings are: (1) A linear increase in mass sensitivity with the square of the mode number—a sensitivity increase of two orders of magnitude is(More)
A study of nanomechanical cantilevers vibrating at various resonating modes in liquid is presented. Resonant frequency spectrum with 16 well resolved flexural modes is obtained. The quality factor increased from 1 at mode 1 to 30 at mode 16. The theoretical estimate of eigenfrequency using the Elmer–Dreier model F.-J. Elmer and M. Dreier, J. Appl. Phys. 81,(More)
We have developed a sensitive method for real-time mass sensing in a fluid using a microfabricated array of nanomechanical cantilevers actuated at their resonance frequencies. The sensor platform consists of a streptavidin layer immobilised onto gold-coated cantilevers and interacts with biotin-labeled latex beads. The addition of mass involved with this(More)
Molecular interaction is a key concept in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of life. Two physical properties change when one molecular partner binds to another. Firstly, the masses combine and secondly, the structure of at least one binding partner is altered, mechanically transducing the binding into subsequent biological reactions. Here we(More)
To manipulate liquid matter at the nanometer scale, we have developed a robotic assembly equipped with a hollow atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilever that can handle femtolitre volumes of liquid. The assembly consists of four independent robots, each sugar cube sized with four degrees of freedom. All robots are placed on a single platform around the(More)
Advances in micro and nano fabrication technologies have enabled fabrication of smaller and more sensitive devices for applications not only in solid-state physics but also in medicine and biology. The demand for devices that can precisely transport material, specifically fluids are continuously increasing. Therefore, integration of various technologies(More)
The choice on which type of cantilever to use for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) depends on the type of the experiment being done. Typically, the cantilever has to be exchanged when a different stiffness is required and the entire alignment has to be repeated. In the present work, a method to adjust the stiffness in situ of a commercial AFM cantilever is(More)