Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology

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Structure and Stability of Protein Materials

  • Szu-Wen WangEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_290-2



Protein-based materials are polymeric biomaterials comprising amino acid subunits that are connected together by peptide bonds. These materials are usually biomimetic, self-assemble into higher-order nanometer-scale architectures, and can interact with biological entities. Determination of their structure and stability is an important component of assessing their utility and function.

Protein-Based Nanomaterials

The control of architecture at the nanoscale is a challenge in which nature has been highly successful. Since genetic manipulation enables the definition of every monomer in a polymeric protein structure, giving far greater control than conventional chemical synthesis, one approach in material synthesis is the use of protein engineering to create biologically inspired materials [1]. By combining natural scaffolds, structural elements, and biologically reactive sites, materials with novel architectures and properties can be...


Differential Scanning Calorimetry Circular Dichroism Spider Silk Protein Material Comprise Amino Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceThe Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA