Lateral voltage as a new input for artificial lipid bilayer systems
In this work, we propose lateral voltage as a new input for use in artificial lipid bilayer systems in addition to the commonly used transmembrane voltage. To apply a lateral voltage to bilayer lipid membranes, we fabricated electrode-equipped silicon and Teflon chips. The Si chips could be used for photodetector devices based on fullerene-doped lipid bilayers, and the Teflon chips were used in a study of the ion channel functions in the lipid bilayer. The findings indicate that the lateral voltage effectively regulates the transmembrane current, in both ion-channel-incorporated and fullerene-incorporated lipid bilayer systems, suggesting that the lateral voltage is a practicable and useful additional input for use in lipid bilayer systems.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Next Generation Nanoelectrochemistry