Electronic polymers in lipid membranes
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Electrical interfaces between biological cells and man-made electrical devices exist in many forms, but it remains a challenge to bridge the different mechanical and chemical environments of electronic conductors (metals, semiconductors) and biosystems. Here we demonstrate soft electrical interfaces, by integrating the metallic polymer PEDOT-S into lipid membranes. By preparing complexes between alkyl-ammonium salts and PEDOT-S we were able to integrate PEDOT-S into both liposomes and in lipid bilayers on solid surfaces. This is a step towards efficient electronic conduction within lipid membranes. We also demonstrate that the PEDOT-S@alkyl-ammonium:lipid hybrid structures created in this work affect ion channels in the membrane of Xenopus oocytes, which shows the possibility to access and control cell membrane structures with conductive polyelectrolytes.


P.K. Johansson

Linköpings universitet

University of Washington

David Jullesson

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Systembiologi

A. Elfwing

Linköpings universitet

S.I. Liin

Linköpings universitet

C. Musumeci

Linköpings universitet

E. Zeglio

Linköpings universitet

F. Elinder

University of Washington

N. Solin

Linköpings universitet

Olle Inganaes

Linköpings universitet

Scientific Reports

2045-2322 (ISSN)

Vol. 5





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