Accession Number:

ADA505778

Title:

Assembly of Proteorhodopsin for Bioinspired Alternative Energy Applications

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY DEPT OF CHEMISTRY

Report Date:

2008-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

Proteorhodopsin is an integral membrane protein that functions as a light-driven proton pump, which serves as the basis for an alternative energy device. While many membrane proteins are becoming understood, both structurally and mechanistically, little technology exists for the production and incorporation of this important class of molecules into useful devices. The advantage we have in working with proteorhodopsin is that it can be genetically modified and grown in the laboratory to express different optical and charge properties. The strategy to functionally assemble proteorhodopsin requires manipulation of its charge interaction for induced self-assembly in a lipid bilayer, followed by the binding of the protein-lipid complex onto a conductive substrate, such as Kapton or borosilicate coated with indium tin oxide.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE