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ABSTRACT: In the last few years, there have been a number of research papers on self-assemblies of molecules as ‘advanced’ or ‘smart’ materials. The inspiration for this exciting research, without question, comes from the biological world, where, for example, the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane is the most important self-assembling system. Although the first report on self-assembled bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) in vitro was published in 1962, interface science, including surface and colloid science, has been dealing with these interfacial self-assemblies of amphiphilic molecules since Robert Hooke's time (1672). BLMs have been used in a number of applications, ranging from basic membrane biophysics studies to the conversion of solar energy via water photolysis, and to biosensor development using supported bilayer lipid membranes (s-BLMs and sb-BLMs). This paper briefly summarizes the past research on the use of BLMs as models of biological membranes and describes some details of our current work on supported BLMs as practical biosensors. Additionally, experiments carried out in close collaboration with others on s-BLMs and sb-BLMs are presented.
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Presburg, Bratislavský, Slovakia
- Department of Microelectronics