Disordered protein-graphene oxide co-assembly and supramolecular biofabrication of functional fluidic devices


Supramolecular chemistry offers an exciting opportunity to assemble materials with molecular precision. However, there remains an unmet need to turn molecular self-assembly into functional materials and devices. Harnessing the inherent properties of both disordered proteins and graphene oxide (GO), we report a disordered protein-GO co-assembling system that through a diffusion-reaction process and disorder-to-order transitions generates hierarchically organized materials that exhibit high stability and access to non-equilibrium on demand. We use experimental approaches and molecular dynamics simulations to describe the underlying molecular mechanism of formation and establish key rules for its design and regulation. Through rapid prototyping techniques, we demonstrate the system's capacity to be controlled with spatio-temporal precision into well-defined capillary-like fluidic microstructures with a high level of biocompatibility and, importantly, the capacity to withstand flow. Our study presents an innovative approach to transform rational supramolecular design into functional engineering with potential widespread use in microfluidic systems and organ-on-a-chip platforms.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14716-z
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Informatics and Digital Engineering > Mathematics
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all),Physics and Astronomy(all)
Publication ISSN: 2041-1723
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-03-04
Accepted Date: 2020-01-24
Authors: Wu, Yuanhao
Okesola, Babatunde O
Xu, Jing
Korotkin, Ivan
Berardo, Alice
Corridori, Ilaria
di Brocchetti, Francesco Luigi Pellerej
Kanczler, Janos
Feng, Jingyu
Li, Weiqi
Shi, Yejiao
Farafonov, Vladimir
Wang, Yiqiang
Thompson, Rebecca F
Titirici, Maria-Magdalena
Nerukh, Dmitry (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9005-9919)
Karabasov, Sergey
Oreffo, Richard O C
Carlos Rodriguez-Cabello, Jose
Vozzi, Giovanni
Azevedo, Helena S
Pugno, Nicola M
Wang, Wen
Mata, Alvaro



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