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Evaporation-induced assembly of biomimetic polypeptides

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5 Author(s)
Keyes, Joseph ; Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA ; Junkin, M. ; Cappello, Joseph ; Wu, Xiaoyi
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We report an evaporation assisted plasma lithography (EAPL) process for guided self-assembly of a biomimetic silk-elastinlike protein (SELP). We demonstrate the formation of SELP structures from millimeter to submicrometer range on plasma-treatment surface templates during an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The self-assembly processes at different humidities and droplet volumes were investigated. The process occurs efficiently in a window of optimized operating conditions found to be at 70% relative humidity and 8 μl volume of SELP solution. The EAPL approach provides a useful technique for the realization of functional devices and systems using these biomimetic materials.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 2008

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