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Engineered Conductive Proteins for Bioelectronics

Project description

Protein-based conductive materials pave the way for next-generation energy storage devices

Proteins demonstrate exceptional structural and electrical conduction properties for designing functional materials. The goal of the EU-funded e-Prot project is to rationally design efficient conductive protein systems and produce protein-based conductive structures and materials. This breakthrough relies on a multidisciplinary scientific approach that combines a profound understanding of protein building blocks, biomolecular design principles and state-of-the-art synthetic biology, as well as cutting-edge characterisation techniques and computational models of protein conduction properties. Selected engineered conductive proteins will be upscaled and will find use as smart ink-based conductors and ionic electrolytes in energy storage devices.

Objective

"Proteins—the building blocks of natural systems—offer advantageous structural properties for the design of functional materials and present rare and modest but appealing electrical conduction features. 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 combines i) 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; and ii) cutting-edge characterization techniques and computational models that will provide an unprecedented fundamental understanding of protein conduction thus building a solid foundation for their technological implementation. Selected engineered conductive proteins will be upscaled and implemented as smart ink-based conductors and ionic electrolytes in energy storage devices, as a first demonstration of the feasibility of an inherently biocompatible and fully sustainable all-protein (e-Prot) bioelectronics platform. This groundbreaking approach surpasses current bio-inspired technologies, transforming the emerging research field of protein-based bioelectronics, currently still limited to basic research, to a new level of sophistication facilitating real-world applications.
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Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Coordinator

ASOCIACION CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA EN BIOMATERIALES- CIC biomaGUNE
Net EU contribution
€ 541 791,25
Address
PASEO MIRAMON 182, PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE SAN SEBASTIAN EDIFICIO EMPRESARIAL C
20009 San Sebastian
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
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Total cost
€ 541 791,25

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