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Protein switches incorporating cytochrome C3 in monolayers and method for producing same

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A biomolecular electronic switch includes a first electrical contact, a second electrical contact, a programmable monolayer of either cytochrome c or cytochrome c3 or bovine serum hormone sandwiched between the first and second electrical contacts and a substrate. These switches have high current-carrying capacities and are very fast. It appears that these protein materials can be either metals or semiconductors. Because of the high conductivity and tiny size, these globular proteins can be used to develop cost-effective, miniaturized FEDs, molecular diodes and rectifiers for nanocomputer chips.

Inventors: 
Deb, Krishna K.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Materials and Coatings
FIle Date: 
2007-11-01
Grant Date: 
2011-09-27
Grant time: 
1,426 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
26
Claim count percentile rank: 
2
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY