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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.

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.

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

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

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".

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

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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.

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".

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".

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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Jeffrey Naughton’s optogenetics paper published
A collaboration between Naughton Lab and the laboratories of Prof. John Christianson (BC Psychology) and Prof. Tom Chiles (BC Biology) has published a paper in Frontiers of Neuroscience on development of a novel, nanocoax-based optrode array. Physics graduate student Jeffrey Naughton is the lead author. Read more.

Michelle Archibald’s electrochemical sensor paper published
A collaboration between Naughton Lab and the laboratory of Prof. Tom Chiles (BC Biology) has published a paper in Biosensors and Bioelectronics on using the nanocoax as a sensitive biosensor. Dr. Michelle Archibald, 2016 BC Ph.D. in Biology, is the lead author. Read more.

Juan Merlo’s paper on wireless communication via plasmonic antennas paper published in Scientific Reports
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Recent Publications

Wireless communication system via nanoscale plasmonic antennas, J.M. Merlo, et al., Sci. Rep. (2016). doi:10.1038/srep31710

Shielded coaxial optrode arrays for neurophysiology, J.R. Naughton, et al., Front. Neurosci. (2016). doi:10.3389/fnins.2016.00252

Effects of geometry on drift-limited solar cells, T. Kirkpatrick, M.J. Burns and M.J. Naughton, Physica Status Solidi B (2016). doi:10.1002/pssb.201552412

Roadmap on optical energy conversion, S. Boriskina, et al., J. Optics (2016). doi:10.1088/2040-8978/18/7/073004

A nanocoaxial-based electrochemical sensor for the detection of cholera toxin, M.M. Archibald, et al., Biosens. Bioelectron. (2015). doi:10.1016/j.bios.2015.06.069

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Michael J. Naughton

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