A monograph on ultrafast processes at the nanolevel involving biomolecules and supramolecular assemblies published by LNBE researchers together with colleagues from France, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany

Pan Stanford Publishing has issued a monograph on ultrafast dynamics in biomolecules and supramolecular assemblies, with one of the chapters written by researchers of the LNBE in collaboration with foreign colleagues (Sizova, S.V., Oleinikov, V.A., Bouchonville, N., Molinari, M., Samokhvalov, P.S., Sukhanova, A., Nabiev, I. (2017) Energy transfer mechanisms in nanobiohybrid structures based on quantum dots and photosensitive membrane proteins. In: Burghardt, I., Haacke, S., eds. Ultrafast Dynamics at the Nanoscale: Biomolecules and Supramolecular Assemblies. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing, chapter 5, pp. 167–206).

The chapter summarizes the results of LNBE's research in a novel field related to solar energy use. The laboratory has designed novel nano–bio hybrid materials containing photosensitive biological systems—the protein bacteriorhodopsin or photosynthetic reaction centers—and semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots, QDs) and studied energy transfer in these hybrid systems. QDs, with their wide light absorption spectra, harvest much more solar energy than the light-harvesting systems of bacterial and plant cells. Nonradiative transfer of the absorbed energy to the photosensitive membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin or directly to reaction photosynthetic centers through Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) allows a substantial increase in the efficiency of the natural function of these biological systems, namely, conversion of light energy into chemical one.

The monograph Ultrafast Dynamics at the Nanoscale: Biomolecules and Supramolecular Assemblies consists of 13 chapters reporting the latest achievements in analysis of processes in nanoscale biological systems and artificial systems that include biomolecules, as well as their implications for photovoltaics, biosensing, and signal transduction. The book covers a wide range of problems, their "common denominator" being ultrafast quantum effects at the interface between inorganic nanosystems and biological molecules, membranes, and cells.


Prof. Igor R. Nabiev, PhD, DSc, leading scientist of LNBE (igor.nabiev@gmail.com)

Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute
31 Kashirskoe shosse, 115409 Moscow, Russian Federation

LNBE website: http://www.lnbe.mephi.ru/en

The monograph page at the Pan Stanford Publishing website: http://www.panstanford.com/books/9789814745338.html

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