The researchers are able to quickly design and create custom engineered and functionalized surfaces using the Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) technique to transfer nanoliter or smaller amounts over a large, environmentally controlled area.

To begin, the system provides arrays of pens to write simultaneously over areas as large as 40mm x 40mm. The pens will deliver a spot size over a broad dynamic range of 50nm up to 10s of microns. Using NanoInk’s Inkwell devices, multiple materials may be deposited in one step.

The NLP 2000 will write onto a diverse range of substrates including Petri dishes and coverslips. The use of a standard optical microscope slide makes the creation of the arrays easily portable to various standard detection systems. The large format and work area also permit the use of a variety of tissue culture plastic dishes.

This new DPN-based instrument is designed to serve the growing need for large area deposition of nanoarrays and is the first capable of fabrication of sub micron features over large areas.

NanoInk, Inc. is a US based nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development company.