Properties and Applications
Melanin is a pigment with remarkable properties
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- Melanin blocks UV rays. Its strong UV-B protecting capability, antioxidant and anti-ageing properties prevent skin damage, making it a promising constituent for dermatology and cosmetic applications like sunscreens.
- Its safe pigmentation qualities allow it to be incorporated into natural hair dyes and vitiligo cream
- Melanin blocks ionizing radiation, such as x-rays and gamma rays.
- Melanin has enormous potentials for use as drug to protect against radiotoxicity, and as protective gear in medicine, nuclear installations and aerospace
- Melanin has the promise of being the future in electricity generation in many fields.
- It has the property of splitting hydrogen and oxygen in water, in the presence of sunlight, making it a probable option in the development of fuel cells.
- Sodium and Magnesium ion batteries are low cost alternative to Lithium ion batteries. Magnesium and Sodium Ion batteries are not rechargeable.
- Recently researchers have developed a rechargeable Magnesium and Sodium ion batteries using melanin as a cathode.
- The high cost of melanin presently available has prevented its use in battery technology.
- By virtue of its low cost of production, Avisa Myko’s melanin has potentials for use in battery technology in the form of a cathode.
- Melanin is one of the rare Organic Semi Conductor. It is both , a ion and a electron conducting biomaterial .
- Electric current in electronics is carried by the electrons where as in biological systems the electric current is carried by ions.
- Melanin is able to ‘talk’ to both electronic and ionic control circuitry providing a new way of interfacing conventional electronics to biological systems.
- Melanin is one of the very few materials that meet these compatible bioelectronic requirements.