For a long time, cybernetics was only seen in sci-fi (cyborgs like RoboCop and human enhancements like Inspector Gadget).
A current limitation of electric prosthetics, is the human interface. Where the body rejects foreign objects. My project has been investigating a novel self-assembling material nanomaterial, acetylated β3-peptides. These have been demonstrated to assemble into fibers, and when coordinated to metals have been found to metallic like conductivity.
As these mimic biological architecture, this material may be biocompatible, and as it forms 2D surface coverage, it’s possible to use it as to transport energy along molecular wires. β3-peptides represent an opportunity for the investigation of a newly discovered nanomaterial which has properties not seen before with potential applications in cutting edge biocompatible energy materials.
This material has been investigated using atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. Specifically, the bonding motif between the peptide and the metal ion.
Author: Norton West
Honours student from La Trobe Univeristy (Australia)
La Trobe Physics society President
Rotary youth leadership award 9790 Deputy Director