Molecular motor-powered shuttles along multi-walled carbon nanotube tracks

Aurélien Sikora, Javier Ramón-Azcón, Kyongwan Kim, Kelley Reaves, Hikaru Nakazawa, Mitsuo Umetsu, Izumi Kumagai, Tadafumi Adschiri, Hitoshi Shiku, Tomokazu Matsue, Wonmuk Hwang, Winfried Teizer

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As a complementary tool to nanofluidics, biomolecular-based transport is envisioned for nanotechnological devices. We report a new method for guiding microtubule shuttles on multi-walled carbon nanotube tracks, aligned by dielectrophoresis on a functionalized surface. In the absence of electric field and in fluid flow, alignment is maintained. The directed translocation of kinesin propelled microtubules has been investigated using fluorescence microscopy. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of microtubules gliding along carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 12


  • Carbon
  • dielectrophoresis
  • kinesin
  • microtubule
  • nanotube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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