New Synthetics able to mimic protein behaviour
A team at Liverpool University have created a new material which is able to mimic proteins. Designed using metal ions and small peptide molecules, the new porous synthetic has a similar structural change and chemical activity to the proteins.
“These porous materials use the same atomic-scale mechanisms as proteins to switch between structures, which gives us the opportunity to develop new ways to manipulate and change molecules with synthetic materials that are inspired by biology,” said research lead Matt Rosseinsky, a professor of chemistry at Liverpool University.
“This offers exciting scientific possibilities, for example in catalysis, through the design of materials that can dynamically select the structure needed for a particular task.”
Claimed to be the first of their kind, the new discovery was founded through a combination of experimental and computational techniques in an attempt to change a hard, rigid material into the flexible protein like material that it has become.
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January 11, 2019
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