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Biocomposite materials and methods for making the same

United States Patent

December 25, 2007
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A particle (and a composition that includes a plurality of the particles) that includes at least one polypeptide molecule and at least one polymer covalently bound to the polypeptide molecule so as to form a polymer shell substantially encompassing the polypeptide molecule, wherein the particle does not define a dimension greater than about 1 .mu.m. One example for making the particle includes modifying the polypeptide molecule to provide .alpha., .beta.-ethylenically unsaturated terminal functional groups, mixing the modified polypeptide molecule with a silicon-containing polymerizable compound, and subjecting the resulting mixture to conditions sufficient for polymerizing the polymerizable compound to form the particle.
Grate; Jay W. (West Richland, WA), Kim; Jungbae (Seoul, KR)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
10/ 326,201
December 20, 2002
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract DE-AC0 6-76RL01830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.