Mucin and jellyfish-based novel nano-composites for optoelectronic and medical applications

Shachar Richter, Roman Nudelman, Nicolas Voelcker, Roey Elnathan, Anna Cifuentes Rios

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Proteins form the very basis of life. They regulate a variety of activities in all known
organisms, from replication of the genetic code to transporting oxygen, and are responsible
for regulating the cellular machinery and determining the phenotype of an organism. From a
material science point of view, proteins can serve as excellent building blocks for the
development of new structures, composites, and devices. In this talk, I will cover some of our
efforts in this direction. These include :
(I) A stable biofilm for White LED applications. This bio-composite material, entirely
composed of biological- (crystalline nano-cellulose and porcine gastric mucin) and organic-
(light-emitting dyes) compounds that exhibit excellent optical and mechanical properties as
well as resistance to heat, humidity, and UV radiation. (II) A protein templated synthesis for
the formation of inorganic nanostructures. (III) Jelly-fish based smart wound dressing
templates, and (IV) strong coupling of light-harvesting proteins to metal surfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO 2020)
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherEngineers Australia Pty. Ltd.
ISBN (Print)9781925627510
StatePublished - Jan 2020


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