Next Article in Journal
Cytocompatibility of Siloxane-Containing Vaterite/Poly(l-lactic acid) Composite Coatings on Metallic Magnesium
Next Article in Special Issue
Preparation of Fe3O4-Embedded Poly(styrene)/Poly(thiophene) Core/Shell Nanoparticles and Their Hydrogel Patterns for Sensor Applications
Previous Article in Journal
Development of Efficient and Stable Inverted Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) Solar Cells Using Different Metal Oxide Interfaces
Previous Article in Special Issue
Preparation of “Cauliflower-Like” ZnO Micron-Sized Particles
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Materials 2013, 6(12), 5821-5856; doi:10.3390/ma6125821

Recent Progress in Advanced Nanobiological Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications

National Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2M9, Canada
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 25 September 2013 / Revised: 26 November 2013 / Accepted: 28 November 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanocomposites of Polymers and Inorganic Particles 2013)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1829 KB, uploaded 11 December 2013]   |  

Abstract

In this review, we briefly introduce our efforts to reconstruct cellular life processes by mimicking natural systems and the applications of these systems to energy and environmental problems. Functional units of in vitro cellular life processes are based on the fabrication of artificial organelles using protein-incorporated polymersomes and the creation of bioreactors. This concept of an artificial organelle originates from the first synthesis of poly(siloxane)-poly(alkyloxazoline) block copolymers three decades ago and the first demonstration of protein activity in the polymer membrane a decade ago. The increased value of biomimetic polymers results from many research efforts to find new applications such as functionally active membranes and a biochemical-producing polymersome. At the same time, foam research has advanced to the point that biomolecules can be efficiently produced in the aqueous channels of foam. Ongoing research includes replication of complex biological processes, such as an artificial Calvin cycle for application in biofuel and specialty chemical production, and carbon dioxide sequestration. We believe that the development of optimally designed biomimetic polymers and stable/biocompatible bioreactors would contribute to the realization of the benefits of biomimetic systems. Thus, this paper seeks to review previous research efforts, examine current knowledge/key technical parameters, and identify technical challenges ahead.
Keywords: cellular life process; artificial organelle; polymersome; bioreactor; foam; water purification; biofuel; carbon dioxide sequestration cellular life process; artificial organelle; polymersome; bioreactor; foam; water purification; biofuel; carbon dioxide sequestration
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Choi, H.-J.; Montemagno, C.D. Recent Progress in Advanced Nanobiological Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications. Materials 2013, 6, 5821-5856.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Materials EISSN 1996-1944 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top