Materials Based on Filamentous Peptide - Or Protein-based Structures
A material comprising elongate filamentous peptide- or protein-based nanostructures. The nanostructures are assembled to be connected together and aligned substantially parallel with respect to each other. The alignment of the nanostructures (at least within one domain) is nematic alignment. The individual nanostructures are formed by self- assembly. After formation of the nanostructures, the nanostructures are self-assembled to form the material. The material therefore has a first scale of ordering due to a regular structure of the nanostructures and a second scale of ordering due to a regular arrangement of the nanostructures (at least within a domain) in the material. The nanostructures may be, for example, amyloid fibrils. The material is typically provided in the form of a film and is self-supporting.
WELLAND MARK EDWARD [GB]; KNOWLES TUOMAS PERTTI JONATHAN [GB]; OPPENHEIM TOMAS [GB]
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