Functional one-dimensional lipid bilayers on carbon nanotube templates

Alexander B. Artyukhin, Aleksei Shestakov, Jennifer Harper, Olgica Bakajin, Pieter Stroeve, Aleksandr Noy

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Use of biological machines and environments in novel bioinorganic nanostructures is critical for development of new types of biosensors, bio-NEMS devices, and functional materials. Lipid bilayers that mimic a cell membrane have already played an important role in such applications. We present supported lipid bilayers that spontaneously assemble in a continuous nanoshell around a template of a carbon nanotube wrapped with hydrophilic polymer cushion layers. We demonstrate that such 1-D lipid membranes are fluid and can heal defects, even over repeated damage-recovery cycles. A simple diffusion model can describe mobility of lipid molecules in these 1-D nanoshells. These structures could lead to the development of new classes of biosensors and bioelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7538-7542
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 25 2005
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chemistry(all)


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