In our research group we are investigating simple chemical models for the signaling process in the nervous system. There are three main processes in neuronal signaling: the generation of small signaling molecules, such as glutamic acid, acetylcholine, or nitric oxide. These neurotransmitters transport information over the synaptic cleft. The second part deals with detection and sensing of these molecules and other bioanalytes. The third part reveals signal processing and relaying. We are addressing all three parts with materials, bioinorganic and supramolecular analytical chemistry concepts.
Molecular logic and computing with sensors and light