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The nano revolution: bottom-up manufacturing with biomolecules
Author(s): Yi-Fen Li; Jing Li; Chad Paavola; Hiromi Kagawa; Suzanne L. Chan; Jonathan D. Trent
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Paper Abstract

As the nano-scale becomes a focus for engineering electronic, photonic, medical, and other important devices, an unprecedented role for biomolecules is emerging to address one of the most formidable problems in nano-manufacturing: precise manipulation and organization of matter on the nano-scale. Biomolecules are a solution to this problem because they themselves are nanoscale particles with intrinsic properties that allow them to precisely self-assemble and self-organize into the amazing diversity of structures observed in nature. Indeed, there is ample evidence that the combination of molecular recognition and self-assembly combined with mutation, selection, and replication have the potential to create structures that could truly revolutionize manufacturing processes in many sectors of industry. Genetically engineered biomolecules are already being used to make the next generation of nano-scale templates, nano-detailed masks, and molecular scaffolds for the future manufacturing of electronic devices, medical diagnostic tools, and chemical engineering interfaces. Here we present an example of this type of technology by showing how a protein can be genetically modified to form a new structure and coated with metal to lead the way to producing "nano-wires," which may ultimately become the basis for self-assembled circuitry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6589, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS III, 658902 (15 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.740793
Show Author Affiliations
Yi-Fen Li, SETI Institute (United States)
Jing Li, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Chad Paavola, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Hiromi Kagawa, SETI Institute (United States)
Suzanne L. Chan, SETI Institute (United States)
Jonathan D. Trent, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6589:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS III
Thomas Becker; Carles Cané; N. Scott Barker, Editor(s)

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