Multiwell micromechanical cantilever array reader for biotechnology.


We use a multiwell micromechanical cantilever sensor (MCS) device to measure surface stress changes induced by specific adsorption of molecules. A multiplexed assay format facilitates the monitoring of the bending of 16 MCSs in parallel. The 16 MCSs are grouped within four separate wells. Each well can be addressed independently by different analyte liquids. This enables functionalization of MCS separately by flowing different solutions through each well. In addition, each well contains a fixed reference mirror which allows measuring the absolute bending of MCS. In addition, the mirror can be used to follow refractive index changes upon mixing of different solutions. The effect of the flow rate on the MCS bending change was found to be dependent on the absolute bending value of MCS. Experiments and finite element simulations of solution exchange in wells were performed. Both revealed that one solution can be exchanged by another one after 200 microl volume has flown through. Using this device, the adsorption of thiolated DNA molecules and 6-mercapto-1-hexanol on gold surfaces was performed to test the nanomechanical response of MCS.

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@article{Zhang2007MultiwellMC, title={Multiwell micromechanical cantilever array reader for biotechnology.}, author={Randi Zhang and Andreas Best and R{\"{u}diger Berger and Suman Cherian and Silvio Lorenzoni and Elisabetta Macis and Roberto Raiteri and Robert J. Cain}, journal={The Review of scientific instruments}, year={2007}, volume={78 8}, pages={084103} }