Autonomic Biomolecular Materials for Sensing, Actuation, and Energy
Technical Report,15 Sep 2012,31 Oct 2018
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg United States
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New stimuli-responsive materials and material systems were developed along with the fundamental understanding of transduction behavior. Stimuli-responsive behavior was introduced by the incorporation of biomolecules into polymeric materials, creating new means of measuring mechanical, electrical, chemical, and optical behavior. Nanoscale behavior of confined fluids and ion channels was modeled using molecular dynamics and coarse-grained simulations. Nanoscale simulations were utilized to understand how modifications of ion channels could be utilized to tailor the response to various stimuli. The first demonstration of mechanosensitive behavior in an artificial membrane was obtained, leading to new understanding of the dielectric behavior of mechanosensitive channels.
- Miscellaneous Materials