Production and Processing of Spider Silk Proteins

John G. Hardy, Thomas R. Scheibel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Natural spider silk fibers have impressive mechanical properties (outperforming many man-made fibers) and are, moreover, biocompatible, biodegradable, and produced under benign conditions (using water as a solvent at ambient temperature). The problems associated with harvesting natural spider silks inspired us to devise a method to produce spider silk-like proteins biotechnologically (the first subject tackled in this highlight); we subsequently discuss their processing into various materials morphologies, and some potential technical and biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3957-3963
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of polymer science part a-Polymer chemistry
Volume47
Issue number16
Early online date06 Jul 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • bioengineering
  • biomaterials
  • biomimetic
  • proteins
  • renewable resources
  • DRAGLINE SILK
  • FLAGELLIFORM SILK
  • EVOLUTION
  • DESIGN
  • FILMS
  • WEB
  • MICROCAPSULES
  • MICROSPHERES
  • BIOMATERIALS
  • CONSERVATION

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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