Surface plasmon resonance imaging measurements of ultrathin organic films

Annu Rev Phys Chem. 2000;51:41-63. doi: 10.1146/annurev.physchem.51.1.41.


The surface-sensitive optical technique of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging is used to characterize ultrathin organic and biopolymer films at metal interfaces in a spatially resolved manner. Because of its high surface sensitivity and its ability to measure in real time the interaction of unlabeled biological molecules with arrays of surface-bound species, SPR imaging has the potential to become a powerful tool in biomolecular investigations. Recently, SPR imaging has been successfully implemented in the characterization of supported lipid bilayer films, the monitoring of antibody-antigen interactions at surfaces, and the study of DNA hybridization adsorption. The following is included in this review: (a) an introduction to the principles of surface plasmon resonance, (b) the details of SPR imaging instrumental design, (c) a short discussion concerning resolution, sensitivity, and quantitation in SPR imaging, (d) the details of DNA array fabrication on chemically modified gold surfaces, and (e) two examples that demonstrate the application of the SPR imaging technique to the study of protein-DNA interactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • DNA / chemistry*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • DNA