Several researchers from Sandia National Laboratories, led by principal investigator Susan Rempe, are part of a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary team developing a nano-size battery that one day could be implanted in the eye to power an artificial retina.
The center will design, model, synthesize, and fabricate nanomedical devices based on natural and synthetic ion transporters â€” proteins that control ion motion across the membranes of every living cell.
The first task for the center will be to design a class of devices for generating electric power â€” bio-batteries â€” for a wide array of implantable devices, starting with an artificial retina that has already been developed at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California.
The team plans to translate several categories of biological function into new devices that would treat disease and lead to implantable devices. Properties of interest that appear in the biological ion transporters include electrical signaling, osmotic pumping, and molecular detection…