Nanofabrication of single molecule sensors and plasmonic devices

Characterisation of biomolecules as they undergo diffraction, the development of next- generation X-ray optics and the delivery of single cells and molecules in single-particle imaging experiments all require state-of-the-art nanofabrication techniques. Our group uses a range of techniques including focused ion beam (FIB), electron beam lithography (EBL), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) as part of its nanofabrication program.

We have a number of projects aimed at developing devices that can characterise single molecules and for the characterisation and injection of single particles into X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) beams. Dr Eugeniu Balaur leads experimental work in this area and is an expert in a large range of nanofabrication techniques and theory.

Research in this area involves the fabrication of cutting edge devices for visualising single molecules and their dynamics.