Elastic Fluorescent Protein-Based Down-Converting Optical Films for Flexible Display

Butaek Lim, Jinyeong Kim, Malav S. Desai, Weiyu Wu, Inseok Chae, Seung Wuk Lee

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Protein-based material design provides great advantages to developing smart biomaterials with tunable structures and desired functions. They have been widely used in many biomedical applications including tissue engineering and drug delivery. However, protein-based materials are not yet widely used in optoelectronic materials despite their excellent optical and tunable mechanical properties. Here, we synthesized engineered fluorescent proteins (FPs) fused with elastic protein for the development of optoelectrical down-converting optical filters for flexible display materials. We synthesized sequence-specific FPs to tune blue, green, yellow, and red colors and fused them with elastic protein to tune mechanical properties. We fabricated flexible self-supporting film materials and characterized mechanical properties and down-converting optical properties. We also fabricated a hybrid light-emitting diode (LED) to down convert blue to desired green, red, and white colors. Furthermore, we constructed a flexible white LED using organic LED as a flexible substrate. Our modular synthesis approach of tunable bio-optoelectrical material approaches will be useful to design future biocompatible and flexible display materials and technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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