Bacteriorhodopsin: mutating a biomaterial into an optoelectronic material

  title={Bacteriorhodopsin: mutating a biomaterial into an optoelectronic material},
  author={Norbert Hampp},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is the key protein for the halobacterial photosynthetic capabilities and is one of the very rare molecules which occur in crystalline form in nature. Since its discovery, which was reported in 1971, many efforts have been made to exploit the obvious technical potential of this molecule. Successful application of gene technology methods for the modification of the physical function of a biomolecule was first demonstrated with BR. This approach points the way to a new class… CONTINUE READING