Nano Webinar: Protein Amyloid Fibers and Interactions with Nanocellulose


The development of high-performance sustainable bio-based materials as a practical replacement for non-renewable products undoubtedly represents one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Due to their natural abundance, functional diversity, and biocompatibility, proteins (along with cellulose!) are well-suited as biomolecule building-blocks for the fabrication of functional materials. In nature, proteins exist in a semi-stable “native” conformation; however, proteins can also self-assemble into organized aggregated conformations – amyloid fibers – with vastly different functionalities. In this seminar, protein amyloid fibers will be introduced, and discussed in the context of biological pathology, functionality, and practical application, with an emphasis on understanding key structure-property relationships in the design of functional materials. In particular, the use of common food-based proteins such as lysozyme and bovine serum albumin for the preparation of synthetic amyloid fibers are highlighted. Furthermore, the interactions between amyloid fibers and nanocellulose are discussed, as relating to the preparation of composite materials such as films, bioadhesives, and aerogels for various applications. Taken together, the design and engineering of natural materials such as protein amyloid fibers represents a significant milestone towards addressing key sustainable development goals in our modern society.

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Discuss protein amyloid fibers, including preparation, biological relevance, and potential applications
  2. Relate material interactions of proteins and cellulose to a desired use/function



Job Titles 

  • Student
  • PhD Candidate
  • Professor
  • Staff Scientist / Researcher

Type of Company
Research Institute
Bio-based materials production

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