Composite materials based on silk proteins

John G. Hardy, Thomas R. Scheibel*

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Abstract

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. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1115
Number of pages23
JournalProgress in polymer science
Volume35
Issue number9
Early online date22 Apr 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Biomimetic
  • Biomaterials
  • Composite
  • Proteins
  • Silk
  • BOMBYX-MORI SILK
  • MULTIWALLED CARBON NANOTUBES
  • SPIDER DRAGLINE SILK
  • SOLID-STATE NMR
  • REINFORCED POLY(EPSILON-CAPROLACTONE) BIOCOMPOSITES
  • SCALED HYDROXYAPATITE/POLYMER COMPOSITE
  • BIOMIMETIC NANOFIBROUS SCAFFOLDS
  • MESENCHYMAL STEM-CELLS
  • KERATEINE BLEND FILMS
  • SIMULATED BODY-FLUID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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