Molecular Communications and Nanonetworks

From Nature To Practical Systems

  • Barış Atakan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Barış Atakan
    Pages 1-24
  3. Barış Atakan
    Pages 145-179
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 181-184

About this book


In this book, the concepts of molecular communications and nanonetworks are introduced. Throughout the book, the existing molecular communication paradigms are categorized into two main groups. The first group includes the Passive Molecular Communication (PMC) paradigms in which molecules freely diffuse to transfer information from a transmitter to a receiver. The second group includes the Active Molecular Communication (AMC) paradigms in which molecules are carried or guided by some mediators such as molecular motors, gap junction channels and bacteria. In the book, after briefly discussing why molecular communication is needed for the sophisticated nano and biotechnology applications, the existing molecular communication systems are first presented. Then, the principles of diffusion phenomena and molecular reception with absorbers and the ligand-receptor binding mechanism are introduced. Based on these principles, the communication theories and techniques are given for the PMC. Then, the physical dynamics of molecular motors, calcium (Ca2+) signaling (with gap junction channels), cell-to-cell adhesion, motile behavior of bacteria are reviewed and based on these dynamics the AMC paradigms are discussed from the viewpoint of the communication theory.


Active Molecular Communication Active Transport Brownian Motion Calcium (Ca2+) Signaling Carrier Molecules Diffusion Fick's Law Gap Junction Gradient Sensing Inter-cellular signaling Ligand-Receptor Binding Molecular Communication Molecular Motors Motility of Bacteria Nanomachine Nanomedicine Nanonetworks Nanorobot Nanotechnology Passive Molecular Communication Passive Transport Quorum Sensing Synthetic Biology

Authors and affiliations

  • Barış Atakan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineeringİzmir Institute of TechnologyUrlaTurkey

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0738-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0739-7
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