Key Dates
Mar 18-19, 2023
Sep 20, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline
Mar  17, 2023
Online Registration Deadline
Mar 18, 2023
On-site Registration Date

Kai Tao


Molecular Manufacturing for Intelligent Biomedical Engineering


Kai Tao


Zhejiang University


Dr. Kai Tao is a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering and Hangzhou Global Science & Technology Innovation Center, Zhejiang University. Dr. Tao graduated his PhD from China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2013 and finished his postdoctoral research at Tel Aviv University in 2020. After joining in Zhejiang University, Dr. Tao’s research interests focus on molecular manufacturing, bio-organic self-assembly, superarchitectures & soft devices, materials-structures-devices integration and bio-machine interfaces.


The emergence of precision and personalized medicine promotes the development of intelligent biomedical engineering (IBE) for biomedical and bio-machine interfaces, such as wearable batteries for power supply and flexible sensors for monitoring of metabolic activities. Albeit of the great progress of smart and flexible electronics, the intrinsic non-biocompatibility and functional distinction of the structural components severely restrict their extensive applications and integration for the IBE. Therefore, it is demanded to develop biocompatible alternatives, in order to engineer advanced multifunctional devices for various IBE applications.

Short peptides self-assembly has been demonstrated to show intriguing physiochemical properties and can be employed to develop diverse bioinspired smart devices. In particular, the intrinsic biocompatibility of the supramolecular architectures can bridge the gaps between microdevices and the biological world. With these goals in mind, the short peptides self-assembly-based molecular manufacturing technology can provide a promising technological tool for fundamental biology, biomedicine, bionanotechnology and advanced device engineering studies.  

This talk will introduce our accumulated progress regarding peptides-based molecular manufacturing, emphasizing the self-assembly and secondary-assembly of short peptides. Subsequently, our recent work on employing peptides self-assembling architectonics for IBE applications, including peptide-based metal ions batteries, peptides hydrogels piezoelectricity and tactile sensing, are presented.