From Protein Nanotechnology to Protein Automata

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  • Claudio Nicolini
Part of the Electronics and Biotechnology Advanced (EL.B.A.) Forum Series book series (ELBA, volume 2)


Recent works on protein monolayers (Nicolini et al. 1993, 1995a,b,c; Shen et al. 1993; Facci et al. 1994a, b) appear to have for their exceptional thermal stability “the kind of implications that might capture the immediate interest of a wide audience”, as testified by the enthusiastic News and Views published in Nature time ago (Hampp, 1993). Typically, (Langmuir-Blodgett) LB films of most organic compounds are formed in a Langmuir trough by spreading the solutions at the liquid-gas interface and transferring by a vertical lift technique onto solid substrate. In our laboratories protein monolayers are instead usually prepared with horizontal lift (Langmuir-Schaefer technique properly modified) and deposited on solid substrates in the range of surface pressure between 20 and 35 mN/m.


Surface Pressure Thin Solid Film Cellular Automaton Rhodobacter Sphaeroides Photosynthetic Reaction Center 
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  • Claudio Nicolini
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  1. 1.Institute of BiophysicsUniversity of GenoaGenoa Sestri PonenteItaly
  2. 2.EL.B.A. FoundationMarciana Marina (LI)Italy

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