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Computional Electronics; Papers Presented at The Seventh International Workshop on Computional Electronics

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Volume 13 |Article ID 025603 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2001/25603

K. Hess, U. Ravaioli, M. Gupta, N. Aluru, van der Straaten, R. S. Eisenberg, "Simulation of Biological Ionic Channels by Technology Computer-Aided Design", VLSI Design, vol. 13, Article ID 025603, 9 pages, 2001. https://doi.org/10.1155/2001/25603

Simulation of Biological Ionic Channels by Technology Computer-Aided Design


This paper discusses the use of established Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) tools and methodologies for the study of charge transport in molecular biology systems, like ionic channels, that display a behavior analogous to electronic devices. Continuum drift-diffusion and Monte Carlo methods can be applied to analyze steady-state and transient behavior of ionic channels over time scales that cannot be resolved practically by detailed molecular dynamics or quantum approaches. The difficult ion-water interaction can be lumped phenomenologically into mobility or scattering rate parameters, while the solution of Poisson equation over the complete domain provides a simple way to include external boundary conditions and image force effects at dielectric discontinuities. We present here some recent results of 3-D simulations for a gramicidin ion channel, obtained using the rapid prototyping computational platform PROPHET.

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