Fighting Metal Corrosion with Bio-inspired Solutions

A team led by UM’s Ali Ghahremaninezhad is pioneering a bio-inspired strategy to extending the life of the nation’s infrastructure. Their work, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, focuses on fighting metal corrosion with genetically engineered biomolecules derived from biomass.

The key innovation lies in combining different biological elements to identify biomolecules that interact with specific metal surfaces under certain environmental conditions. This approach not only seeks to stop corrosion but also offers the ability to tailor the biomolecules for specific environments. Another benefit is that biobased products result in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum-based counterparts.

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