Cephalopod inspired self-healing protein foams for oil-water separation

Khushank Singhal, Tarek Mazeed, Melik C. Demirel

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Abstract

Cephalopods are remarkable creatures, captivating scientists with their advanced neurophysiology, complex behavior, and miraculously effective camouflage. Research into cephalopods has led to many discoveries in neuroscience, cell biology, and materials science. Specifically, squids provide us with remarkable self-healing Squid Ring Teeth protein, which is applied herein to extend the life span of foams. Despite the advantages of porosity in surface science applications, porosity impairs mechanical properties by making materials more prone to structural damage –which traditional polymeric foams also suffer from. Drawing inspiration from Squid Ring Teeth, we developed self-healing tandem repeat proteins to overcome these challenges. By leveraging porosity and self-healing properties inspired by Squid Ring Teeth, we created bioengineered protein foams with high separation capacity (5.1 g g−1) and efficiency (≈94%). The foams healed entirely within minutes which regained over 100% strength after repair. These advances promise applications for efficient continuous water treatment through durable filter cartridges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108300
JournaliScience
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2023

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