Ferritin-Based Single-Electron Devices

Jacqueline A. Labra-Muñoz*, Arie de Reuver, Friso Koeleman, Martina Huber, Herre S.J. van der Zant

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We report on the fabrication of single-electron devices based on horse-spleen ferritin parti-cles. At low temperatures the current vs. voltage characteristics are stable, enabling the acquisition of reproducible data that establishes the Coulomb blockade as the main transport mechanism through them. Excellent agreement between the experimental data and the Coulomb blockade theory is demonstrated. Single-electron charge transport in ferritin, thus, establishes a route for further characterization of their, e.g., magnetic, properties down to the single-particle level, with prospects for electronic and medical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number705
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Coulomb blockade
  • ferritin
  • nanoelectronics
  • single-electron transport


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