Protein fibres are a fundamental building block of life, playing an essential role in motility, elasticity, scaffolding, stabilization and protection of cells, tissues and organisms. Inspired by nature, this research has led to new non-woven fabrics composed of nanofibres from barley protein with excellent mechanical strength, large specific surface area and small pore size compared to commercial textiles.
This unique material has potential to be used as a new breathable and biocompatible wound dressing material that could enable the controlled release of therapeutic agents to aid healing. Such a valuable new application for barley could significantly increase demand for the crop and profitability for farmers.
Sept. 1, 2010 – Oct. 20, 2012
Alberta Barley Funding: $9,000
- Alberta Barley
- Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
- Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
- University of Alberta
Dr. Lingyun Chen
Cereal Scientist Chair
University of Alberta