Understanding the charge transport properties of proteins at the molecular scale is crucial for the development of novel bioelectronic devices. In this contribution, we report on the preparation and electrical characterization of thin films of bacteriorhodopsin grafted on the surface of titanium nitride via aminophosphonate linkers. Thickness analysis using atomic force microscopy revealed a protein film thickness of 8.2±1.5 nm, indicating the formation of a protein bilayer. Electrical measurements were carried out in the dry state, in a vertical arrangement with a eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn) or an evaporated Ti/Au top contact. DC current-voltage measurements yielded comparable effective tunneling decay constants ß~ 0.13 A-1 for the EGaIn top contact and ~ 0.15 A-1 for the Ti/Au top contact. The results presented herein may establish a novel platform for studying charge transport via protein molecules in a solid-state device configuration.
|Title of host publication
|NANO 2021 - 21st IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, Proceedings
|IEEE Computer Society
|Number of pages
|Published - 28 Jul 2021
|21st IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2021 - Virtual, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 28 Jul 2021 → 30 Jul 2021
|Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology
|21st IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2021
|28/07/21 → 30/07/21
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