Bio-Templated and Bio-Tethered Materials for a Flexible Lithium Ion Battery
The focus of my group is to identify functional polypeptides for the purpose of improving technologically relevant materials. Our lab uses a technique called phage display in order to identify solid binding polypeptides that are specific for binding to and the mineralization of electroactive materials and use these materials to prepare new lithium ion batteries. Peptides that are identified are then genetically combined with other polypeptides in order to generate multi-functional polypeptides that can then be used to lash together myriad materials into a hierarchically assembled structure. This current work focuses on making these materials more flexible through the addition of bio-molecules.