The quest for designing new materials to unravel and mimic the biogenic mechanisms behind the formation of superior natural structures has stimulated interest in a broad range of disciplines. We nanoengineer polysaccharides and proteins to develop functional biomimetic materials that have (i) all-natural backbones, (ii) no anthropogenic effects such as eutrophication, (iii) the capability for macroscale performance, (iv) no extreme and/or controlled reaction condition requirements, (v) a high efficiency at extremely low concentrations, and (vi) a strong polymorph selectivity. The emergence of these advanced sustainable nanomaterials may open new horizons in the field of bioinspired nanoengineering for designing inorganic nanostructures and hybrid inorganic–organic nanocomposites.
We design crystal modifiers that stabilize rare polymorphs of inorganic crystals at an ambient condition, which would otherwise be thermodynamically impossible to achieve. The applications span from hard tissue engineering and hybrid organic-inorganic composite materials to crystal engineering, modification, and inhibition.
We engineer hybrid nanocomposite membranes that can resist scaling, corrosion, and/or biofouling in realistic industrial conditions.
(3) Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Biomimetic scale-resistant polymer nanocomposites: Towards universal additive-free scale inhibition (Link)
A. Sheikhi,* A. Kakkar, and T.G.M. van de Ven*. 6:10189-10195. 2018.
(2) Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology
Macromolecule based platform for developing tailor made formulations for scale inhibition (Link)
A. Sheikhi,§ N. Li,§ T.G.M. van de Ven, and A. Kakkar. 2:71-84. 2016.