Songtao Wu and Andreas Buthe contributed equally to this work.
Communication to the Editor
Enzyme-enabled responsive surfaces for anti-contamination materials†
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume 110, Issue 6, pages 1805–1810, June 2013
How to Cite
Wu, S., Buthe, A., Jia, H., Zhang, M., Ishii, M. and Wang, P. (2013), Enzyme-enabled responsive surfaces for anti-contamination materials. Biotechnol. Bioeng., 110: 1805–1810. doi: 10.1002/bit.24847
- Issue published online: 20 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 17 JAN 2013 08:41AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 24 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 28 SEP 2012
- bioactive surface;
Many real-life stains have origins from biological matters including proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates that act as gluing agents binding along with other particulates or microbes to exposed surfaces of automobiles, furniture, and fabrics. Mimicking naturally occurring self-defensive processes, we demonstrate in this work that a solid surface carrying partially exposed enzyme granules protected the surface in situ from contamination by biological stains and fingerprints. Attributed to the activities of enzymes which can be made compatible with a wide range of materials, such anti-contamination and self-cleaning functionalities are highly selective and efficient toward sticky chemicals. This observation promises a new mechanism in developing smart materials with desired anti-microbial, self-reporting, self-cleaning, or self-healing functions. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2013; 110: 1805–1810. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.