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Composite materials based on silk proteins

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Progress in Polymer Science
Issue number9
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)1093-1115
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/04/10
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A number of animals have evolved to produce silk-based composite materials for a variety of task-specific applications. The review initially focuses on the composite structure of silk fibers produced naturally by silkworms and spiders, followed by the preparation and applications of man-made composite materials (including fibers, films, foams, gels and particulates) incorporating silk proteins in combination with other polymers (both natural and synthetic) and/or inorganic particles.