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Recombinant Spider Silks : Biopolymers with Potential for Future Applications

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Humenik, Martin ; Smith, Andrew M. ; Scheibel, Thomas:
Recombinant Spider Silks : Biopolymers with Potential for Future Applications.
In: Polymers. Vol. 3 (17 March 2011) Issue 1 . - pp. 640-661.
ISSN 2073-4360
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/polym3010640

Official URL: Volltext

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Nature has evolved a range of materials that compete with man-made materials in physical properties; one of these is spider silk. Silk is a fibrous material that exhibits extremely high strength and toughness with regard to its low density. In this review we discuss the molecular structure of spider silk and how this understanding has allowed the development of recombinant silk proteins that mimic the properties of natural spider silks. Additionally, we will explore the material morphologies and the applications of these proteins. Finally, we will look at attempts to combine the silk structure with chemical polymers and how the structure of silk has inspired the engineering of novel polymers.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: spider silk; biopolymer; recombinant
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials > Chair Biomaterials - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Advanced Materials
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Molecular Biosciences
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Food and Health Sciences
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 12:33
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/15617