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Nanoscale biological motors – a call for creative technological solutions


The Bio4Comp project develops high-efficient computers using nanoscale biomolecules. An open innovation idea competition has now been announced.

LTH researchers are advancing towards high-efficient computers, using nanoscale biomolecules. Today they have announced an idea competition that is open for all.

Can you provide a solution for marking nanoscale biomolecules so their path through a network can be followed?

LTH researchers, together with an international consortium, are conducting research at nano-level using biomolecules for the development of computers with low energy consumption and a capacity to solve highly complex problems.

The researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to perform calculations with filaments that are propelled through a network. 

Now the research team is looking for ideas that will enable the biocomputer to solve more complex mathematical problems. 

– One of the most exciting aspects of network-based computing with molecular motors is that it needs hundred to thousand times less energy than electronic computers, says Heiner Linke, professor of nanophysics and project coordinator of Bio4Comp, a resarch Project supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. 

Read more, and participate in the open innovation idea competition with the possibility to win EUR 5000.  


ABOUT | Molecular motors

Molecular motors are proteins that are responsible for movement in living organisms.

In this project researchers are using two forms of naturally occurring molecular motors:

  1. Actin filaments which are propelled forward by myosin. In nature, this combination causes muscle contraction.
  2. Microtubules which are propelled forward by kinesin. In nature, this combination causes movements within cells (e.g. changing the shape).

Both systems are powered by ATP (adenosine 5′-triphosphate) which is very energy-efficient. In network-based biocomputation, the molecular motors are used to perform complex calculations.