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.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FET Open under the grant agreement No: 964593