Imperial College London

Albrecht Group

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

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Publications

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Weaver C, Fortuin AC, Vladyka A, Albrecht Tet al., 2022, Unsupervised classification of voltammetric data beyond principal component analysis, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 58, Pages: 10170-10173, ISSN: 1359-7345

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Wilkinson LA, Bennett TLR, Grace IM, Hamill J, Wang X, Au-Yong S, Ismael A, Jarvis SP, Hou S, Albrecht T, Cohen LF, Lambert C, Robinson BJ, Long NJet al., 2022, Assembly, structure and thermoelectric properties of 1,1 '-dialkynylferrocene 'hinges', CHEMICAL SCIENCE, ISSN: 2041-6520

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Bennett TLR, Alshammari M, Au-Yong S, Almutlg A, Wang X, Wilkinson LA, Albrecht T, Jarvis SP, Cohen LF, Ismael A, Lambert CJ, Robinson BJ, Long NJet al., 2022, Multi-component self-assembled molecular-electronic films: towards new high-performance thermoelectric systems, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, Vol: 13, Pages: 5176-5185, ISSN: 2041-6520

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Albrecht T, Cao XE, Chen D, Corva M, Edwards MA, Ewing A, Fornasaro S, Gooding JJ, Gundry L, Hirano-Iwata A, Jeffcoat G, Kamali AR, Kanoufi F, Lemay SG, Limani N, Linfield S, Liu X, Lu S-M, Meloni GN, Tian Z, Tschulik K, Raghu SNV, Wei H, Ying Y-Let al., 2022, Electrochemical data mining: from information to knowledge: general discussion, FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, Vol: 233, Pages: 58-76, ISSN: 1359-6640

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Albrecht T, Bohn PW, Buckingham MA, Cao XE, Chen D, Chen Q, Corva M, Edwards MA, Kamali AR, Kanoufi F, Krause S, Linfield S, Liu X, Ma H, Mao B-W, Pandey P, Tschulik K, Raghu SNV, Walcarius A, Xiao L, Ying Y-Let al., 2022, State of the art energy conversion at the nanointerface: general discussion, FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, Vol: 233, Pages: 112-121, ISSN: 1359-6640

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Algar WR, Albrecht T, Faulds K, Zhu J-Jet al., 2022, Analytical nanoscience, ANALYST, Vol: 147, Pages: 765-766, ISSN: 0003-2654

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Hamill JM, Weaver C, Albrecht T, 2021, Multivariate Approach to Single-Molecule Thermopower and Electrical Conductance Measurements, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 125, Pages: 26256-26262, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Carro P, Azofra LM, Albrecht T, Salvarezza RC, Pensa Eet al., 2021, Unraveling the Causes of the Instability of Au-n(SR)(x) Nanoclusters on Au(111), CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, Vol: 33, Pages: 3428-3435, ISSN: 0897-4756

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Pensa E, Azofra LM, Albrecht T, Salvarezza RC, Carro Pet al., 2020, Shedding Light on the Interfacial Structure of Low-Coverage Alkanethiol Lattices, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 124, Pages: 26748-26758, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Vladyka A, Albrecht T, 2020, Unsupervised classification of single-molecule data with autoencoders and transfer learning, MACHINE LEARNING-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 1

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Elshahawy M, Pensa E, Albrecht T, Forster RJet al., 2020, Stepwise electrochemical deposition and single-molecule conductance of nucleic acid analogues, ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, Vol: 346, ISSN: 0013-4686

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Wang X, Bennett TLR, Ismael A, Wilkinson LA, Hamill J, White AJP, Grace IM, Kolosov OV, Albrecht T, Robinson BJ, Long NJ, Cohen LF, Lambert CJet al., 2020, Scale-up of room-temperature constructive quantum interference from single molecules to self-assembled molecular-electronic films, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol: 142, Pages: 8555-8560, ISSN: 0002-7863

The realization of self-assembled molecular-electronic films, whose room-temperature transport properties are controlled by quantum interference (QI), is an essential step in the scale-up of QI effects from single molecules to parallel arrays of molecules. Recently, the effect of destructive QI (DQI) on the electrical conductance of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) has been investigated. Here, through a combined experimental and theoretical investigation, we demonstrate chemical control of different forms of constructive QI (CQI) in cross-plane transport through SAMs and assess its influence on cross-plane thermoelectricity in SAMs. It is known that the electrical conductance of single molecules can be controlled in a deterministic manner, by chemically varying their connectivity to external electrodes. Here, by employing synthetic methodologies to vary the connectivity of terminal anchor groups around aromatic anthracene cores, and by forming SAMs of the resulting molecules, we clearly demonstrate that this signature of CQI can be translated into SAM-on-gold molecular films. We show that the conductance of vertical molecular junctions formed from anthracene-based molecules with two different connectivities differ by a factor of approximately 16, in agreement with theoretical predictions for their conductance ratio based on CQI effects within the core. We also demonstrate that for molecules with thioether anchor groups, the Seebeck coefficient of such films is connectivity dependent and with an appropriate choice of connectivity can be boosted by ∼50%. This demonstration of QI and its influence on thermoelectricity in SAMs represents a critical step toward functional ultra-thin-film devices for future thermoelectric and molecular-scale electronics applications.

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Awais N, Rodriguez P, Albrecht T, 2020, Surface Design: Exploiting the Instability of Small Nanoparticles on Metallic Substrates, ECS Meeting Abstracts, Vol: MA2020-01, Pages: 2865-2865

<jats:p> Small metal nanoparticles (NPs) within the size range of 1-3 nm exhibit unique electronic and catalytic properties.<jats:sup>1–3</jats:sup> Thiolated nanoparticles have been shown to undergo an entropically driven redistribution of the capping layer with a Au<jats:sub>surface</jats:sub>-AuNP system. It has been postulated that different substrate and NP materials may be employed for surface design.<jats:sup>4</jats:sup> </jats:p> <jats:p>The aim of this work was to investigate surface structure modification of different substrate-NP combinations, in alkaline media and via their performance in the electro-catalytic decomposition of glycerol (GlyOH).<jats:sup>5</jats:sup> Pt<jats:sub>surface</jats:sub>-AuNP and Au<jats:sub>surface</jats:sub>-PtNP combinations were investigated, by immersion of the surfaces into solutions of the NPs. AuNPs were synthesised using a bottom-up metal reduction<jats:sup>6</jats:sup>, and PtNPs were synthesised via the cathodic corrosion method.<jats:sup>7,8</jats:sup> Electrochemical responses were measured using cyclic voltammetry (CV).</jats:p> <jats:p>Pt<jats:sub>surface</jats:sub>-AuNP resulted in a lower current response, but no change in characteristic Pt peaks within the CV profile, indicating that the AuNPs remain protected by the thiol capping layer on the Pt surface. However, Au<jats:sub>surface</jats:sub>-PtNP gave a CV displaying both Au and Pt characteristic peaks (<jats:bold>Fig. 1)</jats:bold>, suggesting there is thiol surface diffusion from the PtNPs into the bulk.</jats:p> <jats:p>1 S. Hrapovic, Y. Liu, K. B. Male and J. H. T. Luong, <jats:italic>Anal. Chem.</jats:italic>, 2004, <jats:bold>76</jats:bold>, 1083–1088.</jats:p> <ja

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Irving OJ, Albrecht T, 2020, DNA Assay-on-a-String: Rapid Detection of Marker Panels Against Sepsis, ECS Meeting Abstracts, Vol: MA2020-01, Pages: 1966-1966

<jats:p> Sepsis is a life-threatening condition afflicting 250,000 patients in the UK alone. The condition is defined as the overstimulation of the immune system in response to an invasive microorganism, primarily bacterial infections<jats:sup>1</jats:sup>. As the condition progresses, symptoms worsen from fever and respiration difficulties to organ failure and cardiovascular issues. The primary test for sepsis is the use of blood cultures. These can take up to two days to complete and do not always provide a positive result. Whilst there have been many biomarkers identified for sepsis, few have been incorporated into the clinic. High sensitivity biomarkers include both proteomic and genetic biomarkers. In proteomic studies, interleukin 6, 8, and 10 proteins, c-reactive protein, and procalcitonin have proved to be statistically significant diagnostic markers for the disease. Two micro-RNAs have also been shown to be significant, these are miRNA-146a and miRNA-150<jats:sup>2</jats:sup>.</jats:p> <jats:p>This research is focused on the development of a new, rapid diagnostic test for sepsis utilising many different biomarkers in combination. To achieve this the DNA-assay-on-a-string technique will be utilised to bind biomarkers of interest. The resolution required to monitor this modified DNA, requires nanopipettes with a pore size of 10 nm to be used<jats:sup>3,4</jats:sup>. This was achieved by use of a p2000 pipette puller along with quartz capillary tubes. All electrodes used were Ag/AgCl and pore diameter was determined by cyclic voltammetry<jats:sup>5–7</jats:sup>. The conductance was extracted from an I-V trace and applied to a pore size calculation equation by Steinbock et.al<jats:sup>8</jats:sup>.</jats:p> <jats:p>To create a carrier for multiple biomarkers, double stranded DNA will be used as a backbone and single stranded DNA, antibod

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Yasini P, Shepard S, Albrecht T, Smeu M, Borguet Eet al., 2020, Combined Impact of Denticity and Orientation on Molecular-Scale Charge Transport, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 124, Pages: 9460-9469, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Awais N, Rodriguez P, Albrecht T, 2020, Surface Design: Exploiting the Instability of Small Nanoparticles on Metallic Substrates, ECS Transactions, Vol: 97, Pages: 885-892, ISSN: 1938-6737

Thiolated Au nanoparticles have been shown to undergo fast redistribution of the capping layer and subsequently of the metal core, when in contact with bare Au substrates. This is the result of an intricate interplay of entropic and enthalpic factors, which are likely affected by the choice of core metal and capping chemistry. This raises interesting questions, for example whether such a process could be used to modify and functionalize electrode substrates in a well-defined and controlled manner. Here, we report results for Pt and Au nanoparticles on Au and Pt substrates, based on the electrochemical response of the modified electrodes towards the oxidation of glycerol in alkaline media. Our study provides evidence that Pt nanoparticles on Au substrates remain relatively stable, while Au nanoparticles on Pt substrates readily decompose. This is in accordance with initial expectations based on the energetics of the thiol/metal bond.

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Carro P, Pensa E, Albrecht T, Salvarezza RCet al., 2020, Dynamics of RS-(Au-SR)(x) Staple Motifs on Metal Surfaces: From Nanoclusters to 2D Surfaces, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 124, Pages: 5452-5459, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Caballero AB, Cardo L, Claire S, Craig JS, Hodges NJ, Vladyka A, Albrecht T, Rochford LA, Pikramenou Z, Hannon MJet al., 2019, Assisted delivery of anti-tumour platinum drugs using DNA-coiling gold nanoparticles bearing lumophores and intercalators: towards a new generation of multimodal nanocarriers with enhanced action, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, Vol: 10, Pages: 9244-9256, ISSN: 2041-6520

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Kubánková M, Lin X, Albrecht T, Edel JB, Kuimova MKet al., 2019, Rapid fragmentation during seeded lysozyme aggregation revealed at the single molecule level, Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 91, Pages: 6880-6886, ISSN: 0003-2700

Protein aggregation is associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The poorly understood pathogenic mechanism of amyloid diseases makes early stage diagnostics or therapeutic intervention a challenge. Seeded polymerization that reduces the duration of the lag phase and accelerates fibril growth is a widespread model to study amyloid formation. Seeding effects are hypothesized to be important in the "infectivity" of amyloids and are linked to the development of systemic amyloidosis in vivo. The exact mechanism of seeding is unclear yet critical to illuminating the propagation of amyloids. Here we report on the lateral and axial fragmentation of seed fibrils in the presence of lysozyme monomers at short time scales, followed by the generation of oligomers and growth of fibrils.

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Pensa E, Karpowicz R, Jabaoński A, Trzybiński D, Woźniak K, Šakić D, Vrček V, Long NJ, Albrecht T, Kowalski Ket al., 2019, Gold-Induced Desulfurization in a Bis(ferrocenyl) Alkane Dithiol, Organometallics, ISSN: 0276-7333

© 2019 American Chemical Society. Thiol-modified ferrocenes on gold have been archetypical model systems for many fundamental charge transfer and other studies, since both thiol-gold and ferrocene redox chemistry are considered to be well-understood. Thus unexpectedly, we found that for a representative of a new class of flexibly linked bis-ferrocenyl compounds, namely, 1-10-bis(1-ferrocenyl)decane dithiol, surface immobilization on gold failed. Instead, in the presence of gold, molecular decomposition took place, resulting in sulfur-based adlayers and well-defined molecular elimination products, for which we provide spectroscopic evidence. Careful control experiments and comparison with related ferrocene compounds provide insight into the mechanism of the observed elimination reactions, as a combined effect of the molecular structure and the nature of the gold/sulfur bond. These findings, thus, have a broader impact on the design of molecular adlayers, for example, in the context of surface functionalization in sensing or the synthesis of gold nanoparticles.

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Leber R, Wilson L, Robaschik P, Inkpen M, Payne D, Long N, Albrecht T, Hirjibehedin C, Heutz Set al., 2019, Vacuum deposition of biferrocene thin films: growth strategies for stability and tuneable magnetism, 257th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, ISSN: 0065-7727

Conference paper

Albrecht T, 2019, Single-Molecule Analysis with Solid-State Nanopores, Publisher: ANNUAL REVIEWS

Book

Loh AYY, Burgess CH, Tanase DA, Ferrari G, McLachlan MA, Cass AEG, Albrecht Tet al., 2018, Electric single-molecule hybridization detector for short DNA fragments, Analytical Chemistry, Vol: 90, Pages: 14063-14071, ISSN: 0003-2700

By combining DNA nanotechnology and high-bandwidth single-molecule detection in nanopipets, we demonstrate an electric, label-free hybridization sensor for short DNA sequences (<100 nucleotides). Such short fragments are known to occur as circulating cell-free DNA in various bodily fluids, such as blood plasma and saliva, and have been identified as disease markers for cancer and infectious diseases. To this end, we use as a model system an 88-mer target from the RV1910c gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is associated with antibiotic (isoniazid) resistance in TB. Upon binding to short probes attached to long carrier DNA, we show that resistive-pulse sensing in nanopipets is capable of identifying rather subtle structural differences, such as the hybridization state of the probes, in a statistically robust manner. With significant potential toward multiplexing and high-throughput analysis, our study points toward a new, single-molecule DNA-assay technology that is fast, easy to use, and compatible with point-of-care environments.

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Li B, Famili M, Pensa E, Grace I, Long NJ, Lambert C, Albrecht T, Cohen LFet al., 2018, Cross-plane conductance through a graphene/molecular monolayer/Au sandwich, Nanoscale, Vol: 10, Pages: 19791-19798, ISSN: 2040-3364

The functionalities offered by single-molecule electrical junctions are yet to be translated into monolayer or few-layer molecular films, where making effective and reproducible electrical contact is one of the challenging bottlenecks. Here we take a significant step in this direction by demonstrating that excellent electrical contact can be made with a monolayer biphenyl-4,4′-dithiol (BPDT) molecular film, sandwiched between gold and graphene electrodes. This sandwich device structure is advantageous, because the current flows through the molecules to the gold substrate in a ‘cross-plane’ manner, perpendicular to the plane of graphene, yielding high-conductance devices. We elucidate the nature of the cross-plane graphene/molecule/Au transport using quantum transport calculations and introduce a simple analytical model, which captures generic features of the current–voltage characteristic. Asymmetry in junction properties results from the disparity in electrode electrical properties, the alignment of the BPDT HOMO–LUMO energy levels and the specific characteristics of the graphene electrode. The experimental observation of scalability of junction properties within the junction area, in combination with a theoretical description of the transmission probability of the thiol–graphene contact, demonstrates that between 10% and 100% of the molecules make contact with the electrodes, which is several orders of magnitude greater than that achieved to date in the literature.

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Loh AYY, Burgess CH, Tanase DA, Ferrari G, McLachlan MA, Cass AEG, Albrecht Tet al., 2018, An all-electric single-molecule hybridisation detector for short DNA fragments, Publisher: arXiv

In combining DNA nanotechnology and high-bandwidth single-molecule detectionin nanopipettes, we demonstrate an all-electric, label-free hybridisationsensor for short DNA sequences (< 100 nt). Such short fragments are known tooccur as circulating cell-free DNA in various bodily fluids, such as bloodplasma and saliva, and have been identified as disease markers for cancer andinfectious diseases. To this end, we use as a model system a 88-mer target fromthe RV1910c gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis that is associated withantibiotic (isoniazid) resistance in TB. Upon binding to short probes attachedto long carrier DNA, we show that resistive pulse sensing in nanopipettes iscapable of identifying rather subtle structural differences, such as thehybridisation state of the probes, in a statistically robust manner. Withsignificant potential towards multiplexing and high-throughput analysis, ourstudy points towards a new, single-molecule DNA assay technology that is fast,easy to use and compatible with point of care environments.

Working paper

Al-Zubeidi A, Godfrey D, Albrecht T, 2018, Disentangling chemical effects in ionic-liquid-based Cu leaching from chalcopyrite, JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol: 819, Pages: 130-135, ISSN: 1572-6657

Journal article

Milan DC, Al-owaedi O, Bock S, Oerthel M, Inkpen M, Yufit D, Sobolev A, Long N, Albrecht T, Higgins S, Bryce M, Nichols R, Lambert C, Low Pet al., 2018, Insulated molecular wires: Inhibiting orthogonal contacts in metal complex, 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) - Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water, Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC, ISSN: 0065-7727

Conference paper

Pensa E, Albrecht T, 2018, Controlling the Dynamic Instability of Capped Metal Nanoparticles on Metallic Surfaces, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, Vol: 9, Pages: 57-62, ISSN: 1948-7185

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shougee A, Konstantinou F, Albrecht T, Fobelets Ket al., 2018, Cyclic voltammetry peaks due to deep level traps in Si nanowire array electroes, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol: 17, Pages: 154-160, ISSN: 1536-125X

When metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) is used to increase the effective surface area of Si electrodes for electrochemical capacitors, it is often found that the cyclic voltammetry characteristics contain anodic and cathodic peaks. We link these peaks to the charging-discharging dynamics of deep level traps within the nanowire system. The trap levels are associated with the use of Ag in the MACE process that can leave minute amounts of Ag residue within the nanowire system to interact with the H2O layer surrounding the nanowires in a room temperature ionic liquid. The influence of the traps can be removed by shifting the Fermi level away from the trap levels via spin-on doping. These results in lower capacitance values but improved charge-discharge cycling behavior. Low-frequency noise measurements proof the presence or absence of these deep level traps.

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Albrecht T, Horswell S, Allerston LK, Rees NV, Rodriguez Pet al., 2018, Electrochemical processes at the nanoscale, CURRENT OPINION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY, Vol: 7, Pages: 138-145, ISSN: 2451-9103

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