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Angela Belcher:
Using nature to grow batteries

TEDxCaltech · 10:25 · Filmed Jan 2011
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Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries
10:25 · Filmed January 2011 at TEDxCaltech · Subtitles available in 33 languages

Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. In her talk, she shows us how it's done.

Biological engineer
Angela Belcher looks to nature for inspiration on how to engineer viruses to create extraordinary new materials. Full bio
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