Rectified photocurrent of molecular photodiode consisting of cytochrome c/GFP hetero thin films

Jeong Woo Choi, Yun Suk Nam, Sei Jeong Park, Won Hong Lee, Dongho Kim, Masamichi Fujihira

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Photoinduced electron transfer in the molecular electronic device consisting of protein-adsorbed hetero Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film was investigated. Three kinds of functional molecules, cytochrome c, viologen, and green fluorescent protein (GFP) were used as an electron acceptor, a mediator, and a sensitizer, respectively. The hetero-LB film was fabricated by subsequently depositing cytochrome c and viologen onto the pretreated ITO or quartz glass. GFP adsorbed hetero-LB films were prepared by soaking the hetero-LB films into the buffer solution containing GFP. The MIM (metal/insulator/metal) structured molecular device was constructed by depositing aluminum onto the surface of the GFP-adsorbed hetero LB films. Due to the excitation by irradiation with a 460 nm monochromic light source, the photoinduced unidirectional flow of electrons in the MIM device could be achieved and was detected as photocurrents. The photoswitching function was achieved and the rectifying characteristic was observed in the molecular device. Based on the measurement of transient photocurrent of molecular device, the unidirectional flow of electrons was verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-825
Number of pages7
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Issue number9-12
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF: 98-0502-08-01-3) and supported by the national program for Super Intelligence Chip of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy as one of the new technology of the next generation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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