Patent Number: 8,716,005

Title: Method and device to probe a membrane by applying an in-plane electric field

Abstract: The present invention disposes a membrane between two electrical conductive walls having a height at least as great as the thickness of the membrane. The conductive walls are fabricated on an electrically insolative chip base. The chip base has one or more through hole between the electrically conducting walls. The chip is placed inside a container having a well below the through hole of the electrically insolative base. At least one passageway extends from the well to the periphery of the container. This invention probes changes of the membrane as an in-plane electric field is applied between the conductive walls. The well may include various compounds while-other compounds can be placed in contact with the top of the membrane. The passageways are used to introduce substances into and out of the well.

Inventors: Abeygunaratne; Thusara Sugat Chandra (Stow, OH)

Assignee: Kent State University

International Classification: C12M 1/00 (20060101); G01N 27/00 (20060101); C12N 13/00 (20060101); G01N 33/53 (20060101); C12Q 1/68 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018