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Using DNA to assemble and power the nanoworld
Author(s): Bernard Yurke
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Paper Abstract

The hybridization specificity of DNA allows the design of sets of oligomers which, when mixed together, self-assemble into complex nanoscale structures. Such structures can be induced to undergo configuration changes by incorporating motor domains consisting of regions of single-stranded DNA to which complementary "fuel" strands can hybridize. The principles of operation of these devices and prospects for making free-running DNA-based molecular motors are described. Potential applications for these devices, including the construction of materials whose mechanical properties can be altered in the response to the presence of specific oligomers, will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5592, Nanofabrication: Technologies, Devices, and Applications, (19 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.580241
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Bernard Yurke, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5592:
Nanofabrication: Technologies, Devices, and Applications
Warren Y-C. Lai; Stanley Pau; O. Daniel Lopez, Editor(s)

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