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Proteins: Polymers of natural origin

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Lammel, Andreas ; Keerl, David ; Römer, Lin ; Scheibel, Thomas:
Proteins: Polymers of natural origin.
In: Hu, Jie (ed.): Recent Advances in Biomaterials Research. - Trivandrum : Transworld Research Network , 2008 . - p. 1
ISBN 978-81-7895-332-8

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During the last century synthetic polymers have gained increasing importance, since they reveal a large variety of material properties useful for numerous applications. However, synthetic polymers exhibit limitations regarding their functionality, especially in the area of biomedicine, where biocompatibility, -functionality, and -degradability are desired. Besides biodegradable synthetic polymers, naturally occurring biopolymers have been discovered, revealing the desired “biological” polymer properties in combination with “classic” ones. Here, we describe proteins as one class of biopolymers and discuss their impact on material applications. In order to highlight the attractiveness of proteins in material science, exemplarily bioengineered spider silk proteins are compared to synthetic polymers regarding their physical, chemical, and mechanical properties. In summary, biopolymeric proteins offer a fascinating potential as environmentally friendly materials for novel innovative products.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
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
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 08:42
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 10:51