The addition of small amounts of clay platelet filler to a polymer matrix greatly enhances many chemical and mechanical material properties of the matrix polymer. This well-developed area of materials science and engineering is producing new materials in diverse areas such as engineering thermoplastics and robust polymer-based batteries. Our interest in nanocomposites is to produce strong, robust materials using biopolymers as the matrix material and using assembled, fibrillar peptide nanostructures as the reinforcement phase.. Strong materials can then be produced with inherent bioproperties (biocompatibility, biodegradability, antimicrobial) due to the completely biomolecular nature of the material.
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