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Polymeric materials based on silk proteins

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>23/09/2008
Issue number20
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)4309-4327
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.