Engineered Conductive Proteins
The e-Prot project vision encompasses the rational design of efficient conductive protein systems (e-Ps), and the fabrication of all-protein based conductive structures and materials, targeting a radical change in design of green electronic and energy storage devices. This breakthrough relies on a multidisciplinary scientific approach that includes a profound understanding of protein building blocks; biomolecular design principles; state-of-the-art synthetic biology, and chemical tools, to systematically fabricate new protein materials. At the same time cutting-edge characterization techniques and computational models will provide an unprecedented fundamental understanding of protein conduction thus building a solid foundation for their technological implementation.
Selected engineered conductive proteins will be up-scaled and implemented as smart ink-based conductors and ionic electrolytes in energy storage devices, as a first demonstration of an e-Prot based biocompatible printed electronics platform. This will transform the research field of protein-based bioelectronics to a new level of sophistication, facilitating real-world applications. These developments will be fundamental for the emergence of biocompatible and sustainable components for the electronics industry.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FET Open under the grant agreement No: 964593