Construction of biomimetic smart nanochannels for confined water

Liping Wen, Lei Jiang

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In this review, we focus on the confined water that exists in one-dimensional micro/nano composite structures, particularly inside biological nanochannels. Using these nanochannels as inspiration, we discuss a strategy for the design and construction of biomimetic smart nanochannels. Unique features of the inner surfaces of a nanochannel's wall have similar properties to living systems. Importantly, the abiotic analogs have potential applications in, for example, sensing, energy conversion and filtering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-156
Number of pages13
JournalNational Science Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Confined water
  • Micro/nano structures
  • Nanochannel

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