Faculty Advisor

Burnham, Nancy A.

Abstract

A retinal protein complex known as bacteriorhodopsin was investigated by atomic force microscopy to determine whether it possessed qualities that make it favorable for use as a nanoscale actuator or sensor. Bacteriorhodopsin was tested in different forms (layered 2D crystals and disordered clusters), in three different environments (dry air, humidified air, and water), and on a number of surfaces (glass, charged glass, PDAC coated glass, and Gelpak TM adhesive surfaces). Bacteriorhodopsin was not observed to undergo any molecular motion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Physics

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