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Smart Bioinspired Nanochannels and their Applications in Energy-Conversion Systems

Smart Bioinspired Nanochannels and their Applications in Energy-Conversion Systems
Jin Zhai, Xia Fan, Zhaoyue Liu, Ruirui Li
Smart bioinspired nanochannels exhibiting ion-transport properties similar to biological ion channels have attracted extensive attention. Like ion channels in nature, smart bioinspired nanochannels can respond to various stimuli, which lays a solid foundation for mass transport and energy conversion. Fundamental research into smart bioinspired nanochannels not only furthers understanding of life processes in living bodies, but also inspires researchers to construct smart nanodevices to meet the increasing demand for the use of renewable resources. Here, a brief summary of recent research progress regarding the design and preparation of smart bioinspired nanochannels is presented. Moreover, representative applications of smart bioinspired nanochannels in energy-conversion systems are also summarized. Finally, an outlook for future challenges in this field is given. Smart bioinspired nanochannels, exhibiting similar ion-transport properties to biological ion channels, can be used as switches to regulate mass transport and energy conversion. Recent research into the design and preparation of smart bioinspired nanochannels is presented, and their applications in energy-conversion systems are also discussed.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201702983

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