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Self-assembled lipid bilayer materials

United States Patent

November 8, 2005
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The present invention is a self-assembling material comprised of stacks of lipid bilayers formed in a columnar structure, where the assembly process is mediated and regulated by chemical recognition events. The material, through the chemical recognition interactions, has a self-regulating system that corrects the radial size of the assembly creating a uniform diameter throughout most of the structure. The materials form and are stable in aqueous solution. These materials are useful as structural elements for the architecture of materials and components in nanotechnology, efficient light harvesting systems for optical sensing, chemical processing centers, and drug delivery vehicles.
Sasaki; Darryl Y. (Albuquerque, NM), Waggoner; Tina A. (Rio Rancho, NM), Last; Julie A. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 041,846
October 23, 2001
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.