Construction of biomimetic smart nanochannels with polymer membranes and application in energy conversion systems

Liping Wen, Ye Tian, Jie Ma, Jin Zhai, Lei Jiang

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Learning from nature has inspired the creation of intelligent devices to meet the increasing needs of the advanced community and also to better understand how to imitate biology. As one of biomimetic nanodevices, nanochannels or nanopores aroused particular interest because of their potential applications in nanofluidic devices, biosensing, filtration, and energy conversions. In this review we have summarized some recent results mainly focused on the design, construction and application in energy conversion systems. Like biological nanochannels, the prepared smart artificial nanochannels fabricated by ion track-etched polymer membranes and smart molecules show a great potential in the field of bioengineering and biotechnology. And these applications can not only help people to know and understand the living processes in nature, but can also inspire scientists to study and develop novel nanodevices with better performance for the mankind. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4027-4042
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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