Engineering Applications of Biomolecular Motors

  • Hess H
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Biomolecular motors, in particular motor proteins from the kinesin and myosin families, can be used to explore engineering applications of molecular motors in general. Their outstanding performance enables the experimental study of hybrid systems, where bio-inspired functions such as sensing, actuation, and transport rely on the nanoscale generation of mechanical force. Scaling laws and theoretical studies demonstrate the optimality of biomolecular motor designs and inform the development of synthetic molecular motors.




Hess, H. (2011). Engineering Applications of Biomolecular Motors. Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 13(1), 429–450.

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