Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 5, 2011
Previous Article Next Article

Biomimetic smart nanopores and nanochannels

Author affiliations


Nature provides a huge range of biological materials, just as ion channels, with various smart functions over millions of years of evolution, and which serve as a big source of bio-inspiration for biomimetic materials. In this critical review, a strategy for the design and synthesis of biomimetic smart nanopores and nanochannels is presented and put into context with recent progress in this rapidly growing field from biological, inorganic, organic to composite nanopore and nanochannel materials, which can respond to single/multiple external stimuli, e.g., pH, temperature, light, and so on. This review is intended to utilize a specific responsive behavior for regulating ionic transport properties inside the single nanopore or nanochannel as an example to demonstrate the feasibility of the design strategy, and provide an overview of this fascinating research field (109 references).

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic smart nanopores and nanochannels

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 26 Jul 2010 and first published on 10 Feb 2011

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00053A
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 2385-2401

  •   Request permissions

    Biomimetic smart nanopores and nanochannels

    X. Hou, W. Guo and L. Jiang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 2385
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00053A

Search articles by author