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Bioinspired Multifunctional Protein Coating for Antifogging, Self-Cleaning, and Antimicrobial Properties

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posted on 20.06.2019, 00:00 by Haishan Qi, Chen Zhang, Hongshuang Guo, Weiwei Zheng, Jing Yang, Xiao Zhou, Lei Zhang
A multifunctional coating with antifogging, self-cleaning, and antimicrobial properties has been prepared based on a mussel-inspired chimeric protein MP-KE, which is the first example that these proteins were successfully applied to fabricate antifogging surfaces. The coating exhibits super hydrophilic properties, as indicated by contact angles less than 5° and high light transmittance similar to bare glass substrates about 90%. The zwitterionic peptides of MP-KE empower water molecules to expand into thin hydrated films rapidly, providing the protein coating with diverse surface functions. Moreover, the coatings have excellent stability and a convenient preparation process because of the mussel adhesive motif of MP-KE which makes the coating anchor onto the surface strongly. As a protein material, this multifunctional coating possesses remarkable biocompatibility and has a potential application prospects in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields.