Three-helix bundle DNA tiles self-assemble into 2D lattice or 1D templates for silver nanowires

Sung Ha Park, Robert Barish, Hanying Li, John H. Reif, Gleb Finkelstein, Hao Yan, Thomas H. LaBean

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We present a DNA nanostructure, the three-helix bundle (3HB), which consists of three double helical DNA domains connected by six immobile crossover junctions such that the helix axes are not coplanar. The 3HB motif presents a triangular cross-section with one helix lying in the groove formed by the other two. By differential programming of sticky-ends, 3HB tiles can be arrayed in two distinct lattice conformations: one-dimensional filaments and two-dimensional lattices. Filaments and lattices have been visualized by high-resolution, tapping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) under buffer. Their dimensions are shown to be in excellent agreement with designed structures. We also demonstrate an electroless chemical deposition for fabricating metallic nanowires templated on self-assembled filaments. The metallized nanowires have diameters down to 20 nm and display Ohmic current-voltage characteristic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-696
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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