Tunable ionic transport control inside a bio-inspired constructive bi-channel nanofluidic device

Lu Zeng, Zhe Yang, Huacheng Zhang, Xu Hou, Ye Tian, Fu Yang, Jianjun Zhou, Lin Li, Lei Jiang

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Inspired by the cooperative functions of the asymmetrical ion channels in living cells, a constructive bi-channel nanofluidic device that demonstrates the enhanced capability of multiple regulations over both the ion flux amount and the ionic rectification property is prepared. In this bi-channel system, the construction routes of the two asymmetric conical nanochannels provide a way to efficiently transform the nanodevice into four different functional working modes. In addition, the variation of external pH conditions leads the nanodevice to the uncharged, semi-charged and charged states, where the multistory ionic regulating function property is enhanced by the charged degree. This intelligent integration of the single functional nanochannels demonstrates a promising future for building more functional multi-channel integrated nanodevices as well as expands the functionalities of the bio-inspired smart nanochannels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-801
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

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