Super-resolution surface mapping using the trajectories of molecular probes

Robert Walder, Nathaniel Nelson, Daniel K. Schwartz
2011 Nature Communications  
The surface characterization of 'soft' materials presents a significant scientific challenge, particularly under 'wet' in situ conditions where a wide variety of non-covalent interactions may be relevant. Here we introduce a new chemical imaging method, mAPT (mapping using accumulated probe trajectories) that generates images of surface interactions by distributing different aspects of molecular probe trajectories into distinct locations and then combining many trajectories to generate spatial
more » ... aps. The maps are super-resolution in nature, because they are accumulated from highly localized single-molecule observations. unlike other super-resolution techniques, which report only photon or point counts, our analysis generates spatial maps of physical quantities (adsorption rate, desorption probability, local surface diffusion coefficient, surface coverage/occupancy) that are directly associated with the molecular interactions between the probe molecule and the surface. We demonstrate the feasibility of this characterization using a surface patterned with various degrees of hydrophobicity.
doi:10.1038/ncomms1530 pmid:22044994 fatcat:n54gv6ejwrh37nrithaqexkdba