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Christophe Horvath

Making and characterization of protein nano-devices

Published on 26 September 2011

Thesis presented September​​​ 26, 2011

The research described in this thesis aims at creating a self-assembled nanowire only made of proteins. The building block of this wire is a chimeric protein that comprises an amyloid fibril forming domain (Het-s 218-289) and an electron transfer domain (rubredoxin). The first one self-assembles in amyloid fibrils which display the second at their surface. Redox characteristics of the exposed domain allow electrons to move from one extremity of the fibril to the other by successive jumps. Such a nanowire has been created and characterized by various biophysical experiments. Then, the conductivity of the nanowires has been demonstrated on sets of wires by electrochemistry and by direct current measurements. These experiments pave the way for future design of biocompatible and biodegradable objects that possess usable electronic properties.

Nanowire, amyloid fibrils, Fe-S cluster, self-assembling, molecular electronic

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