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Carbon Nanotube Trans-membrane Channels Mimicking Biological Porins

Existing examples of nanopores fall into three categories: synthetic ion channels made by bottom-up synthesis and providing a mimic of the transmembrane pore, solid-state nanopores, usually drilled or etched out of solid pieces of material matrix, and biological nanopores made by isiolating a naturally-occurring protein.
Patent Abstract: 
LLNL’s carbon nanotube trans-membrane channels invention is a new class of nanopores that combines the best features of all three existing types of pores while substantially mitigating a number of shortcomings exhibited by each of these types of pores. The method involves sonication of nanotube in presence of lipids, including but not limited to DOPC or DPhPC.
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