Magnetic gated biomimetic artificial nanochannels for controllable ion transportation inspired by homing pigeon

Guanglei Hou, Dianyu Wang, Kai Xiao, Huacheng Zhang, Shuang Zheng, Pei Li, Ye Tian, Lei Jiang

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The homing pigeon-inspired artificial nanochannel can be modulated by moderate magnetic field in a fast and noncontacting way. The ionic current, as well as rectifying ability and conductance is controlled by the magnetic field reversibly through elastic deformation of the nanochannel. Different gating effects are obtained at the two sides of the asymmetrically conical nanochannel due to the different response models. The magnetic gated nanochannel system also exhibits an excellent stability and a quick response in a noncontacting way, which may be promising in electronic devices related to biological or healthcare applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1703369
Number of pages6
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • artificial nanochannels
  • biomimetic materials
  • homing pigeons
  • ion transportation
  • magnetic gating

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