High thermal diffusivity in thermally treated filamentous virus-based assemblies with a smectic liquid crystalline orientation

Toshiki Sawada, Yuta Murata, Hironori Marubayashi, Shuichi Nojima, Junko Morikawa, Takeshi Serizawa

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Abstract

Polymers are generally considered thermal insulators because the amorphous arrangement of the polymeric chains reduces the mean free path of heat-conducting phonons. Recent studies reveal that individual chains of polymers with oriented structures could have high thermal conductivity, because such stretched polymeric chains effectively conduct phonons through polymeric covalent bonds. Previously, we have found that the liquid crystalline assembly composed of one of the filamentous viruses, M13 bacteriophages (M13 phages), shows high thermal diffusivity even though the assembly is based on non-covalent bonds. Despite such potential applicability of biopolymeric assemblies as thermal conductive materials, stability against heating has rarely been investigated. Herein, we demonstrate the maintenance of high thermal diffusivity in smectic liquid crystalline-oriented M13 phage-based assemblies after high temperature (150 C) treatment. The liquid crystalline orientation of the M13 phage assemblies plays an important role in the stability against heating processes. Our results provide insight into the future use of biomolecular assemblies for reliable thermal conductive materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number608
JournalViruses
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 2

Keywords

  • Filamentous virus
  • Liquid crystal
  • Self-assembly
  • Structural stability
  • Thermophysical property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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