Ultimate in microelectronics: Biomolecules

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Abstract

Biological microstructures perform a variety of chemical and electrical functions: switches, proton pumps, power supplies, receptors, effectors, and transducers. In most biological systems, each function is carried out by a separate molecule or as part of a complex of molecules. In a few cases, the same molecule can perform more than one function. Since the larger of these molecules is only 5 nm in diameter, this is the ultimate in miniaturization. Although these processes are not executed rapidly by comparison with solid-state electronics, they are highly efficient. The underlying principles are parallel processes and feedback control, and the mechanisms involve electron tunneling, diffusion within or adjacent to the matrix, charge separation across a highly resistive low-capacity medium, energy stored in chemical bonds, and near-thermodynamic equilibrium pools for electron transport. Thus, a detailed understanding of the structure function relationship using a host of structural and spectroscopic techniques is paramount to design of molecular-based electronic architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages995
Number of pages1
Volume10
Editionpt2
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Nov 4 1988Nov 7 1988

Other

OtherProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period11/4/8811/7/88

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Biomolecules
Microelectronics
Molecules
Electron tunneling
Chemical bonds
Electronic states
Biological systems
Feedback control
Process control
Transducers
Protons
Switches
Pumps
Thermodynamics
Microstructure

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  • Engineering(all)

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Powers, L. S. (1988). Ultimate in microelectronics: Biomolecules. In IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference (pt2 ed., Vol. 10, pp. 995). Publ by IEEE.

Ultimate in microelectronics : Biomolecules. / Powers, Linda S.

IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference. Vol. 10 pt2. ed. Publ by IEEE, 1988. p. 995.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Powers, LS 1988, Ultimate in microelectronics: Biomolecules. in IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference. pt2 edn, vol. 10, Publ by IEEE, pp. 995, Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New Orleans, LA, USA, 11/4/88.
Powers LS. Ultimate in microelectronics: Biomolecules. In IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference. pt2 ed. Vol. 10. Publ by IEEE. 1988. p. 995
Powers, Linda S. / Ultimate in microelectronics : Biomolecules. IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference. Vol. 10 pt2. ed. Publ by IEEE, 1988. pp. 995
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