In 2018, a team led by Lin Zhang in Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China created the first made Turing structure using the material polyamid. A reaction takes place between trimesoyl chloride and piperazine whereby polyvinyl alcohol has been added to lower its diffusion rate and to activate an inhibitor in trimesoyl chloride. The resulting reaction produces a 3D Turing structure with dot and tube variants. These variants are predicted by Turing's model.
Turing structures have large surface area and may have applications in desalination machines. They also have potential applications in regenerative medicine including bone, organ and vein construction.
Molecular Turing structures in the biochemistry of the cell
B. Hasslacher, R. Kapral, A. Lawniczak
Polyamide membranes with nanoscale Turing structures for water purification
The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis
A M Turing
Turing Patterns with Turing Machines: Emergence and Low-level Structure Formation
Water filter inspired by Alan Turing passes first test
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- The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis1952 article by alan turing
- Alan TuringBritish mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist
- Regenerative medicineBranch of research dealing with the process of replacing, engineering, or regenerating biological units to (re-)establish normal function
- Turing pattern