Electrical Conductance in Biological Molecules Academic Article uri icon

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  • Nucleic acids and proteins are not only biologically important polymers: They have recently been recognized as novel functional materials surpassing in many aspects the conventional ones. Although Herculean efforts have been undertaken to unravel fine functioning mechanisms of the biopolymers in question, there is still much more to be done. This particular paper presents the topic of biomolecular charge transport, with a particular focus on charge transfer/transport in DNA and protein molecules. Here the experimentally revealed details, as well as the presently available theories, of charge transfer/transport along these biopolymers are critically reviewed and analyzed. A summary of the active research in this field is also given, along with a number of practical recommendations.


  • Deen, Jamal
  • Waleed Shinwari, M
  • Jamal Deen, M
  • Starikov, Evgeni B
  • Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

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  • June 23, 2010