A Focused Ion Beam (FIB)-patterned silicon mould is used to fabricate elastomeric nanostructures, whose cross-section can be dynamically and reversibly tuned by applying a controlled mechanical stress. Direct-write, based on FIB milling, allows the fabrication of nanostructures with a variety of different geometries, aspect ratio, spacing and distribution offering a higher flexibility compared to other nanopatterning approaches. Moreover, a simple double replication process based on poly(dimethylsiloxane) permits a strong reduction of the fabrication costs that makes this approach well-suited for the production of low cost nanofluidic devices. DNA stretching and single molecule manipulation capabilities of these platforms have been successfully demonstrated.
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