"smart dust" biosensors powered by biomolecular motors

George D. Bachand, Henry Hess, Banahalli Ratna, Peter Satir, Viola Vogel

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The concept of a microfabricated biosensor for environmental and biomedical monitoring applications which is composed of environmentally benign components is presented. With a built-in power source (the biological fuel ATP) and driven by biological motors (kinesin), sensing in the microdevice can be remotely activated and the presence of a target molecule or toxin remotely detected. The multifaceted progress towards the realization of such a device is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1661-1666
Number of pages6
JournalLab on a Chip
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering


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