The fabrication of solid-state nanopores in an insulating membrane has attracted much attention for biomolecule analysis such as DNA sequencing and. We desire solid-state nanopores to manipulate and electronically register single DNA molecules in aqueous solution. A detector consisting of a single nanopore. More recently, non-biological solid-state nanopores have opened up an even wider range of new research areas, but let us first review the  ‎Biological nanopores · ‎Fabrication of solid-state · ‎DNA translocation through.


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For reproduction of material from NJC: The dynamic growth of nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology has stimulated rapid advances in the study of nanopore based instrumentation over the last decade, and inspired great interest solid state nanopores sensing of single molecules including ions, nucleotides, enantiomers, drugs, and polymers such as PEG, RNA, DNA, and polypeptides.

Solid-State and Biological Nanopore for Real-Time Sensing of Single Chemical and Sequencing of DNA

This sensing technology has been extended to medical diagnostics and third generation high throughput DNA sequencing. This review covers current nanopore detection platforms including both biological pores and solid state counterparts.

The advantage and disadvantage of each system are solid state nanopores their current and potential applications in nanomedicine, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are discussed. Request permissions Rapid fabrication of solid-state nanopores with high reproducibility over a large area using a helium ion microscope D.

To further reduce the solid state nanopores, operation time, and equipment size of DNA sequencing process and meanwhile continually increase the contiguous read length, throughput, and accuracy, researchers have proposed different approaches for DNA sequencing, leading to the solid state nanopores of the third-generation sequencing technologies, such as the real-time sequencing by synthesis technology [ 14 ] and direct image technology [ 1516 ].

Nanopore-based DNA sequencing technology has become one of the most attractive and promising third-generation sequencing technologies because of its outstanding characteristics of label-free, amplification-free, great read length, and high throughput, which offer possibilities of high-quality gene sequencing applications, such as de novo sequencing, high-resolution analysis of chromosomal structure variation, and long-range haplotype mapping [ 17 ].


The nanopore-based DNA sequencing was first proposed by Church et al. Since then, various biological nanopores were used to sequence DNA and RNA molecules [ 2021 ], for example, the octameric protein channel of Mycobacterium smegmatis porin A MspA [ 22 ].

The biological nanopores have many advantages [ 2324 solid state nanopores, such as the dimension reproducibility, the compatibility of genetic or chemical modification process, solid state nanopores relatively slower DNA translocation velocity through the nanopores.

However, there are also some undeniable drawbacks [ 2324 ]: With the rapid development of advanced fabrication technologies, solid state nanopores nanopores have become an inexpensive and superior solid state nanopores to biological nanopores due to the following superiorities [ 25 — 28 ]: Although biological and solid-state nanopore-based DNA sequencing technologies have plenty of superiorities, substantial long fragment of DNA molecules have yet been sequenced with high accuracy [ 2930 ].

Several bottlenecks hold the further development of nanopore-based sequencing technologies.

Types of nanopores

For instance, high translocation velocity of Solid state nanopores molecule passing through the nanopore results in low temporal resolution of single-base sequencing; large channel length leads to a poor spatial resolution in separating solid state nanopores bases might be solved by nanopores fabricated on two-dimensional materials [ 31 ].

All of these challenges demand high-quality nanopores with sufficiently small feature size, good pore shape, and proper materials. In the following sections, we firstly give a brief review of the electrical detection methods of nanopore-based DNA sequencing.

Then we introduce the fabrication techniques of the solid-state nanopores, including direct fabrication techniques, chemical-etching techniques and pore-size shrinkage techniques.

Among these techniques, the chemical wet etching method presents unique advantages in its intrinsic pyramidal shape.

Types of nanopores

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Electrical Detection Methods for Nanopore-Based DNA Sequencing Since DNA bases adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine are different from each other in atomic scale, it is essential to collect base-specific information at atomic level to correspond to the DNA solid state nanopores with the measured signals.

According to the different types of the signals, the detection methods can be roughly classified into two categories: The former is more promising due to its potential to reduce the cost and scale of the sequencers. Ion current rectification can also be used as a drug sensor solid state nanopores [9] and be employed to investigate charge status in solid state nanopores polymer membrane.


Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Professor Hagan Bayley's laboratories have shown identification of individual nucleotides including methylated cytosine as they pass through a modified hemolysin nanopore.

At this stage, nanopores are making contributions to solid state nanopores understanding of polymer biophysics, as well as to single-molecule analysis of DNA-protein interactions.