Conducting polymers possess similarity in ion transport function to cell membranes and perform electro-chemo-mechanical energy conversion. In an in vitro setup, protein-reconstituted bilayer lipid membranes (bioderived membranes)perform similar energy conversion and behave like cell membranes. Inspired by the similarity in ionic function between a conducting polymer membrane and cell membrane, this article presents a thin-film laminated membrane in which alamethicin-reconstituted lipid bilayer membrane is supported on a polypyrrole membrane. Owing to the synthetic and bioderived nature of the components of the membrane, we refer to the laminated membrane as a hybrid bioderived membrane. In this article, we describe the fabrication steps and electrochemical characterization of the hybrid membrane. The fabrication steps include electropolymerization of pyrrole and vesicle fusion to result in a hybrid membrane; and the characterization involves electrical impedance spectroscopy, chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry. The resistance and capacitance of BLM have the magnitude of 4.6×109Ω-cm2 and 1.6×10−8 F/cm2.The conductance of alamethicin has the magnitude of 6.4×10−8 S/cm2. The change in ionic conductance of the bioderived membrane is due to the electrical field applied across alamethicin, a voltage-gated protein and produces a measurable change in the ionic concentration of the conducting polymer substrate.

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