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An Optical Tweezers Platform for Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy in Organic Solvents

An Optical Tweezers Platform for Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy in Organic Solvents
Maria Kamenetska, Ziad Ganim, Jacob W. Black
Observation at the single molecule level has been a revolutionary tool for molecular biophysics and materials science, but single molecule studies of solution-phase chemistry are less widespread. In this work we develop an experimental platform for solution-phase single molecule force spectroscopy in organic solvents. This optical-tweezer-based platform was designed for broad chemical applicability and utilizes optically trapped core–shell microspheres, synthetic polymer tethers, and click chemistry linkages formed in situ. We have observed stable optical trapping of the core–shell microspheres in ten different solvents, and single molecule link formation in four different solvents. These experiments demonstrate how to use optical tweezers for single molecule force application in the study of solution-phase chemistry.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02413

DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02413

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