PDF ISBN: 9781510613669 | Print ISBN: 9781510613676
Over the past several decades, researchers around the world have exploited a light-responsive protein called bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to create thin organic films that can function as photocells and photo-electric biotransducers. From an engineering perspective, the proton transfer mechanisms of bR purple membranes have been used to develop various optoelectronic devices. This Spotlight describes the functional molecular behavior of bacteriorhodopsin, techniques for molecular self-assembly, and applications for bioelectronic sensing and microactuation.
This Spotlight briefly summarizes the molecular behavior of bacteriorhodopsin (bR), introduces
thin-film fabrication techniques with an emphasis on molecular self-assembly,
and describes its application to all-optical switches, bioelectronic photosensing,
and light-driven microactuation. The primary goal of this book is to advance
the understanding of photosensitive bioelectronics technology and provide an
inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers to develop innovative
solutions far beyond anything that we can imagine today. The opportunities
for product innovation, by applying the basic principles of light-responsive bR
films, are illustrated by several novel systems.