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Toward hybrid nanostructure-slime mould devices

Mayne, Richard; Adamatzky, Andrew


Richard Mayne
Lecturer in Maths Supporting Science


The plasmodium of slime mould Physarum polycephalum has recently received signi¯cant attention for its value as a highly malleable amorphous computing substrate. In laboratory-based experiments, nanoscale arti¯cial circuit components were introduced into the P. polycephalum plasmdodium to investigate the electrical properties and computational abilities of hybridized slime mould. It was found through a combination of imaging techniques and electrophysiological measurements that P. polycephalum is able to internalize a range of electrically active nanoparticles (NPs), assemble them in vivo and distribute them around the plasmodium. Hybridized plasmodium is able to form biomorphic mineralized networks inside the living plasmodium and the empty trails left following its migration, both of which facilitate the transmission of electricity. Hybridization also alters the bioelectrical activity of the plasmodium and likely in°uences its information processing capabilities. It was concluded that hybridized slime mould is a suitable substrate for producing functional unconventional computing devices.


Mayne, R., & Adamatzky, A. (2015). Toward hybrid nanostructure-slime mould devices. Nano LIFE, 5(1), 1450007.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 22, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2016
Journal Nano LIFE
Print ISSN 1793-9844
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 1450007
Keywords physarum polycephalum, slime mould, unconventional computing, nanoparticle
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