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Controlled transport of latex beads through vertically aligned carbon nanofiber membranes

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Zhang, L. ; Molecular-Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, MS 6006 Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 ; Melechko, A.V. ; Merkulov, V.I. ; Guillorn, M.A.
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Stripes of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) have been used to form membranes for size selectively controlling the transport of latex beads. Fluidic structures were created in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and interfaced to the VACNF structures for characterization of the membrane pore size. Solutions of fluorescently labeled latex beads were introduced into the PDMS channels and characterized by fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy. Results show that the beads size selectively pass through the nanofiber barriers and the size restriction limit correlates with the interfiber spacing. The results suggest that altering VACNF array density can alter fractionation properties of the membrane. Such membranes may be useful for molecular sorting and for mimicking the properties of natural membranes. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:81 ,  Issue: 1 )