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Naughton Lab, Department of Physics


We have developed a highly sensitive chemical sensor using nanocoaxial electrodes with porous annuli and capacitive detection. In Zhao et al. "Ultrasensitive chemical detection using a nanocoax sensor", we report sub-ppb (parts per billion) sensitivity to various volatile organic compounds in nitrogen. Read more here.

We are developing nanocoax-based biosensor using a number of sensing modalities. In one (above), target molecule-specific linkers are functionalized on an inner surface of a hollow annulus nanocoax. Upon exposure to the target molecule (e.g. in serum, blood, saliva, etc.), this linker immobilizes the target via highly specific binding, with detection via capacitance/impedance spectroscopy.

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Cover of the October 2012 issue of Physica Status Solidi A, highlighting Fan Ye's work on embedded metal nanopatterns for enhanced optical absorbance.

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Example of nanocoax array solar cell fabricated on flexible (plastic) substrate.

Intensity of far-field light emanating from two optically-transmitting nanocoaxes, illuminated from below.

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Cover of the July 2010 issue of Physica Status Solidi – Rapid Research Letters, highlighting Boston College and Solasta Inc. research on "Efficient nanocoax-based solar cells".

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SEM images of the three stages of replicating nanopillar arrays via nanoimprint lithography (NIL).

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An electron microscope image (SEM) of a nanocoax array, using false color to indicate the various constituents.

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SEM of an individual nanocoax containing a linear antenna protrusion.

Photograph of a ultrathin amorphous silicon solar cells having 5 nm i-layer and exhibiting hot electron effects.

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Optical micrograph of S. pombe yeast cells positioned on a nanocoax array, demonstrating the capability of subcellular interrogation.

Cover of the November 2012 issue of Synthetic Metals, highlighting Pashupati Dhakal's recent work on "Angular magnetoresistance effects in the molecular organic conductor (DMET)2I3".

Cover of the April 2011 issue of Physica Status Solidi A, highlighting recent work on nanocoax solar cells fabricated on carbon nanotube arrays, "Nanocoax solar cells based on aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube arrays".

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Example of fine angle resolution employed to locate principal axes in q1D organic conductors in order to characterize the superconducting critical field anisotropy, from Pashupati Dhakal's 2011 paper "Upper critical field of the molecular organic superconductor (DMET)2I3".

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Superconducting transition in resistance vs temperature for a carbon-based nanowire prepared by focused ion beam deposition.
See "Direct write, focused ion beam deposited,
7 K superconducting C-Ga-O nanowire", by Dhakal et al.

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Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Juan Merlo Receives High Distinction
Based on his accomplishments in research and various publications, The National Research System (SNI) based in Mexico, has awarded Post Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Michael Naughton's group; Dr. Juan Merlo, the highest level of distinction in research for 3 years. Read more.

BC Physicists Uncover Novel Photonic Effect
Using the geometric and material properties of a unique nanostructure, BC physicists have uncovered a novel photonic effect where surface plasmons interact with light to form "plasmonic halos" of selectable output color. Read more.

Recent Publications

A nanocoaxial-based electrochemical sensor for the detection of cholera toxin, M.M. Archibald, et al., Biosensors and Bioelectronics 74, 406-410 (2015). doi:10.1016/j.bios.2015.06.069

Nanocoaxes for optical and electronic devices (Invited Critical Review), , B. Rizal, et al., Analyst 140, 39-58 (2015). doi:10.1039/c4an01447b, PMID: 25279400

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Michael J. Naughton

Department of Physics
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