First Lincoln Soft Matter Seminar

Computational Physics Group

Lincoln Materials Science Platform

School of Mathematics and Physics

ProfessorAlexander Böker

Wednesday 22 October 2014

JBL3C01- 2pm

Ultra-thin Self-Assembled Protein-Polymer Membranes: A New Pore Forming Strategy

Patrick van Rijn, Murat Tutus, Christine Kathrein, Nathalie C. Mougin, Hyunji Park,Christopher Hein, Marco P. Schürings, and Alexander Böker*

DWI – Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien, Lehrstuhl für Makromolekulare Materialien und Oberflächen, RWTH Aachen University, Germany



bokerSelf-assembled membranes offer a promising alternative for conventional membrane fabrication, especially in the field of nano-filtration. However, recent advances pushing the developments in self-assembled membranes towards thinner membranes with more selectivity are still limited with respect to active permeation area, stability and responsiveness. Here we introduce a new pore-making strategy which involves stimuli responsive protein-polymer conjugates self-assembled across a large area of 5 cm2 using drying-mediated interfacial self-assembly. Proteins are used as a sacrificial template which – upon denaturing – provide hydrophilic pores of…

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