Toward Biomolecular Computers Using Reaction-Diffusion Dynamics

Toward Biomolecular Computers Using Reaction-Diffusion Dynamics

Masahiko Hiratsuka (Sendai National College of Technology, Japan), Koichi Ito (Tohoku University, Japan), Takafumi Aoki (Tohoku University, Japan) and Tatsuo Higuchi (Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/jnmc.2009070102
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This article investigates a possibility of constructing massively parallel computing systems using molecular electronics technology. By employing the specificity of biological molecules, such as enzymes, new integrated circuit architectures that are free from interconnection problems could be constructed. To clarify the proposed concept, we present a functional model of an artificial catalyst device called an enzyme transistor. In this article, we develop artificial catalyst devices as basic building blocks for molecular computing integrated circuits, and explore the possibility of a new computing paradigm using reaction-diffusion dynamics induced by collective behavior of artificial catalyst devices.

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