The e-Prot project has the following objectives:
- Short-term Objectives: Fabrication of efficient conductive proteins e-Ps guidelines.
eProt project will develop a methodology for the efficient design, fabrication, and optimization of conductive protein systems. Electronic/ionic conductivity of these systems both experimentally and computationally will be studied and will provide feedback for further optimization. The systematic study of CTPR fiber mutants will open unprecedented opportunities for the development of a theoretical framework to describe the, still not fully understood, charge transport mechanisms in peptide/protein-based systems.
- Mid-term Objectives: Optimization and prototyping of e-Ps conductive materials for applications.
Selected conductive systems will be tested towards applications; this will involve further optimization of the peptide sequences and material-manufacturing protocols to achieve the mechanical and chemical stability required for the selected applications while preserving their conductive properties.
- Long-term Objectives: Efficient implementation of e-Ps in e-biological applications.
eProt will advance the best performing e-Ps into their application and device fabrication. e-Ps materials will be integrated as efficient electrolytes in micro-supercapacitors, while e-Ps conductive fibers will be optimized and integrated the as a sustainable replacement for the inorganic materials used as active ingredients in current catalogue of inks for electronic textile applications. Finally, e-Ps based electrolytes and inks will be integrated in a biocompatible, flexible, power-independent, and stretchable system for applications such as wearable electronic devices.