Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 395, Issue 3, pp 719–727 | Cite as

Large scale biomimetic membrane arrays

  • Jesper S. Hansen
  • Mark Perry
  • Jörg Vogel
  • Jesper S. Groth
  • Thomas Vissing
  • Marianne S. Larsen
  • Oliver Geschke
  • Jenny Emneús
  • Henrik Bohr
  • Claus H. NielsenEmail author
Original Paper


To establish planar biomimetic membranes across large scale partition aperture arrays, we created a disposable single-use horizontal chamber design that supports combined optical–electrical measurements. Functional lipid bilayers could easily and efficiently be established across CO2 laser micro-structured 8 × 8 aperture partition arrays with average aperture diameters of 301 ± 5 μm. We addressed the electro-physical properties of the lipid bilayers established across the micro-structured scaffold arrays by controllable reconstitution of biotechnological and physiological relevant membrane peptides and proteins. Next, we tested the scalability of the biomimetic membrane design by establishing lipid bilayers in rectangular 24 × 24 and hexagonal 24 × 27 aperture arrays, respectively. The results presented show that the design is suitable for further developments of sensitive biosensor assays, and furthermore demonstrate that the design can conveniently be scaled up to support planar lipid bilayers in large square-centimeter partition arrays.


Fluorescent image of a large 24 × 24 rectangular bilayer array


Black lipid membrane Array Optical–electrical measurements Membrane-spanning peptides Membrane protein 





Black lipid membrane




Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene


Fusobacterium nucleatum outer membrane protein A


Gramicidin A









We thank Dr. Jörg H. Kleinschmidt (Universität Konstanz, Germany) for the delivery and guidance with the handling and incorporation of FomA porins. The work was supported through MEMBAQ, a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP), by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Program (NMP4-CT-2006-033234), by The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (023-2007-1), and The Danish National Research Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesper S. Hansen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Perry
    • 2
  • Jörg Vogel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jesper S. Groth
    • 2
  • Thomas Vissing
    • 2
  • Marianne S. Larsen
    • 2
  • Oliver Geschke
    • 1
  • Jenny Emneús
    • 1
  • Henrik Bohr
    • 3
  • Claus H. Nielsen
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.DTU NanotechTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Aquaporin A/S, Scion DTULyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.DTU Physics, Quantum Protein CenterTechnical University of Denmark2800LyngbyDenmark

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