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Melanin: A Naturally Existing Multifunctional Material
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  • Journal title : Applied Chemistry for Engineering
  • Volume 27, Issue 2,  2016, pp.115-122
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
  • DOI : 10.14478/ace.2016.1029
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Melanin: A Naturally Existing Multifunctional Material
Eom, Taesik; Woo, Kyungbae; Shim, Bong Sup;
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Melanin is a common name used for a certain type of natural dark pigments existing in living organisms, particularly in human hair, eyes, and skin. The unique free radical scavenging effect of melanine could help protecting cells and tissues from harmful UV light. While their exact molecular structures in nature are not still well defined, their multifunctional properties including electrical and ionic conductivities, antioxidation, wet adhesion, and metal ion chelation, are highlighted for the potential applications in bioorganic electronics including biomedical sensors and devices. In this mini-review, we will discuss sources, synthesis methods, structures and multifunctional properties of melanin materials in addition to current research directions on a wide range of applications.
melanin;eumelanin;polydopamine;natural pigments;biocompatible;bioorganic electronics;
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