Peter J. Hesketh

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A sensitive conductimetric immunosensor has been demonstrated based on an ultrathin platinum film on an oxidized silicon base. The film is about 25 A thick and is seen to consist of a discontinuous layer with channels 20-30 A wide. Monoclonal antibodies were bound to the sensor surface using conventional biosensor chemistry. Impedance at fixed frequencies(More)
In this work we demonstrate the concept of stress-induced chemical detection using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) by integrating a thin film of the MOF HKUST-1 with a microcantilever surface. The results show that the energy of molecular adsorption, which causes slight distortions in the MOF crystal structure, can be converted to mechanical energy to(More)
Immunobiosensing techniques to measure specific antigen-antibody binding reactions are important in the development of biosensor applications in biotechnology, in vitro diagnosis, medicine and food technology. An immunobiosensor was constructed to measure the specific binding reaction between Staphylococcus enterotoxin B (SEB) and anti-SEB antibodies. The(More)
This research is directed towards developing a more sensitive and rapid electrochemical sensor for enzyme labeled immunoassays by coupling redox cycling at interdigitated electrode arrays (IDA) with the enzyme label beta-galactosidase. Coplanar and comb IDA electrodes with a 2.4 microm gap were fabricated and their redox cycling currents were measured.(More)
Cantilever sensors have attracted considerable attention over the last decade because of their potential as a highly sensitive sensor platform for high throughput and multiplexed detection of proteins and nucleic acids. A micromachined cantilever platform integrates nanoscale science and microfabrication technology for the label-free detection of biological(More)
A batch fabrication process at the wafer-level integrating ring microelectrodes into atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips is presented. The fabrication process results in bifunctional scanning probes combining atomic force microscopy with scanning electrochemical microscopy (AFM-SECM) with a ring microelectrode integrated at a defined distance above the apex(More)
Viruses are one of four classes of biothreat agents, and bacteriophage MS2 has been used as a simulant for biothreat viruses, such as smallpox. A paramagnetic bead-based electrochemical immunoassay has been developed for detecting bacteriophage MS2. The immunoassay sandwich was made by attaching a biotinylated rabbit anti-MS2 IgG to a streptavidin-coated(More)
The objective of this study was to develop a sensitive and miniaturized immunoassay by coupling a microbead-based immunoassay with an interdigitated array (IDA) electrode. An IDA electrode amplifies the signal by recycling an electrochemically redox-reversible molecule. The microfabricated platinum electrodes had 25 pairs of electrodes with 1.6-microm gaps(More)
We investigate unforced and forced translocation of a Rouse polymer (in the absence of hydrodynamic interactions) through a silicon nitride nanopore by three-dimensional Langevin dynamics simulations, as a function of pore dimensions and applied voltage. Our nanopore model consists of an atomistically detailed nanopore constructed using the crystal(More)
iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would first like to thank the good Lord for supplying His grace to finish this work. The Lord has provided people of excellence to help complete the present thesis. First, I would like to thank my lead research advisor, Dr. Comas Haynes, for loving me as his "academic son." Without Dr. Haynes' love, guidance, and support, this work(More)