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Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns

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Woehrstein,  Johannes B.
Jungmann, Ralf / Molecular Imaging and Bionanotechnology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Strauss,  Maximilian T.
Jungmann, Ralf / Molecular Imaging and Bionanotechnology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Jungmann,  Ralf
Jungmann, Ralf / Molecular Imaging and Bionanotechnology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Knudsen, J. B., Liu, L., Kodal, A. L. B., Madsen, M., Li, Q., Song, J., et al. (2015). Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 10(10), 892-898. doi:10.1038/NNANO.2015.190.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-08A1-6
Abstract
Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous in the modern world, but our ability to exert control over the molecular conformation of individual polymers is very limited. In particular, although the programmable self-assembly of oligonucleotides and proteins into artificial nanostructures has been demonstrated, we currently lack the tools to handle other types of synthetic polymers individually and thus the ability to utilize and study their single-molecule properties. Here we show that synthetic polymer wires containing short oligonucleotides that extend from each repeat can be made to assemble into arbitrary routings. The wires, which can be more than 200 nm in length, are soft and bendable, and the DNA strands allow individual polymers to self-assemble into predesigned routings on both two- and three-dimensional DNA origami templates. The polymers are conjugated and potentially conducting, and could therefore be used to create molecular-scale electronic or optical wires in arbitrary geometries.