Rapid and label-free sensing of intermolecular interactions using compact optical diffusion sensor

Makoto Kamata, Yoshiaki Takaba, Yoshihiro Taguchi, Yuji Nagasaka

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Diffusion sensors for nano-sized materials dispersed in a solution are promising tools for investigating intermolecular interactions, which is an important task in a wide range of industrial and biomedical fields, such as the development of therapeutic products and diagnostic tools. For the development of the sensor applicable to point-of-care testing, an optofluidic sensor was proposed. The proposed sensor realizes a simple measurement in a short time using microscale manipulation by interferometrically-induced dielectrophoresis and optical detection. In this paper, the applicability of the proposed sensor to distinguish nanoscale differences in size was confirmed by measurements on a solution containing size-certified plain nano-beads (51 nm, 100 nm, 203 nm, 216 nm and 240 nm) with evaluating the uncertainties of the proposed sensor. Furthermore, measurements using 200-nm beads coated with functional groups (NH2 and biotin) and proteins (streptavidin and bovine serum albumin) demonstrated the applicability to the investigation of intermolecular interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr


  • Diffusion coefficient
  • Intermolecular interaction
  • Label-free sensing
  • Laser-induced dielectrophoresis
  • Optofluidic sensor
  • Rapid measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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