EXAFS studies of catalytic DNA sensors for mercury contamination of water

B. Ravel, S. C. Slimmer, X. Meng, G. C.L. Wong, Y. Lu

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Monitoring of metallic contaminants in domestic and agricultural water systems requires technology that is fast, flexible, sensitive, and selective. Recently, metal sensors based on catalytic DNA have been demonstrated as a practical monitoring solution. Very little is known, however, about the atomic scale interactions between the DNA-based sensors and the metal contaminant to which the sensor is targeted. Here, we present the results of an X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a mercury sensor which illustrates the nature of the Hg-DNA interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S75-S79
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number10 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Contamination
  • DNA
  • Mercury
  • Sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation


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