Last week Dutch, American and Canadian researchers presented a major step in understanding antifreeze proteins, the proteins that hinder the growth of ice crystals. Artificial forms of these proteins are interesting for a whole range of applications – from de-icing spray and road salt to improved preservation of frozen food and organs. The team, led by TU/e researcher and FMS member Ilja Voets, has published its findings in the leading journal PNAS on how we need a different type of antifreeze protein than previously thought for most applications.
For more information and highlights in Dutch media check the links below:
- News item at the ICMS website
- Article in Cursor (TU/e magazine)
- Article in Kennislink (in Dutch)
- Item in RTL news (minute 7:57) (in Dutch)
- Article in C2W (in Dutch)
Luuk L. C. Olijve, Konrad Meister, Arthur L. DeVries, John G. Duman, Shuaiqi Guo, Huib J. Bakker, and Ilja K. Voets. Blocking rapid ice crystal growth through nonbasal plane adsorption of antifreeze proteins, PNAS (2016), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1524109113