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Polymeric materials based on silk proteins

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>23/09/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Polymer
Issue number20
Volume49
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)4309-4327
StatePublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Silks are protein-based fibers made by arthropods for a variety of task-specific applications. In this article, we review the key features of silk proteins. This article initially focuses on the structure and function of silk proteins produced naturally by silkworms and spiders, followed by the biological and technical processing of silk proteins into a variety of morphologies (including capsules, fibers, films, foams, gels and spheres). Finally, we highlight the potential applications of silk-based materials.