The main goal of this research project is the investigation of the structural, electronic, and electrochemical properties of molecular bioelectronic systems, composed of photoreactive proteins on carbon functional surfaces, for energy harvesting applications.
Carbon-based materials, an in particular diamond and graphene, are especially suitable for bioelectronic applications due to a unique combination of properties such as chemical stability in aqueous environment, excellent electrochemical performance, good biocompatibility, and a well-controlled surface modification with functional molecules.
One goal of this project is the development of advanced procedures for the functionalization of carbon surfaces with several organic molecules, aiming at i) optimizing the grafting of photoreactive proteins, and ii) enabling an efficient electron transfer between protein and substrate.
These hybrid systems are characterized at each step of the fabrication process by using surface sensitive techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), fluorescence microscopy, and electrochemical spectroscopy.
In particular, our work focuses on the use of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), performed in dry environment and electrolyte solutions. STM and STS can provide both spatially- and energetically- resolved information on electron transfer processes at the protein/substrates interface.
People on the project
Roberta Caterino, Andreas Reitinger, Franz Fuchs, Michael Metzger
Controlling Surface Functionality through Generation of Thiol Groups in a Self-Assembled Monolayer
S. Q. Lud | S. Neppl | G. Richter | P. Bruno | D. M. Gruen | P. Feulner | M. Stutzmann | J. A. Garrido
Langmuir, 26(20), 15895-900 (2010)
K. Haenen, University of Hasselt, Belgium
K. Wandelt, Univerisity of Bonn, Germany
EC FP7 Marie Curie Actions Network for Initial Training MATCON
International Graduate School of Science and Engineering IGSEE
Nanosystems Initiative Munich NIM