A role for immunology in nanotechnology

IEC 20

Bernard F. Erlanger and Bi-Xing Chen. Department of Microbiology, Columbia University, 701 West 168 Street, New York, NY 10032
Buckminsterfullerenes and their structurally related carbon nanotubes are expected to play an important part in nanotechnology. Our laboratory has been successful in isolating fullerene-specific monoclonal antibodies and has shown that the antibodies also bind to the surface of carbon nanotubes. We will describe how the antibodies were obtained and characterized and will present our efforts to use antibody-decorated nanotubes as probes for components of biological systems. Projections as to their possible use in electronics will also be discussed.