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Self Assembled Bacteriorhodopsin as a Pattern for Intercalated Chromophores

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
28702
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
28702
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BEND RESEARCH, INC.
64550 RESEARCH RD BEND, OR 97701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Self Assembled Bacteriorhodopsin as a Pattern for Intercalated Chromophores
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal is directed at the investigation of new nano-scale ordered structures based on self-assembling biological molecules. The objective of this program is to characterize the two-dimensional crystalline structure of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) as a template into which various nonbiological chromophores can be intercalated. Such a structure would result in highly ordered materials with useful electro-optic, photovoltaic, photochromic, and nonlinear-optical properties. In this Phase I program, we plan to study both the short-range and long-range structure of the BR template following intercalation of a series of merocyanine dyes. These dyes will serve as a probe to determine the structural order and stability of the two-dimensional crystalline lattice, and they will allow us to examine the potential of the material for electro-field orientation and photochromicity. Characterization methods that we will use in the Phase I program include visible spectroscopy, circular dichroism, electric-field-induced anisotropy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel T. Smithey
5033824100

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Bend Research, Inc.
64550 Research Road Bend, OR 97701

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No