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The Power of Silk Technology for Energy Applications

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Strassburg, Stephen ; Zainuddin, Shakir ; Scheibel, Thomas:
The Power of Silk Technology for Energy Applications.
In: Advanced Energy Materials. Vol. 11 (2021) Issue 43 . - No. 2100519.
ISSN 1614-6840

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Silk fibers are a remarkable material made of proteins possessing excellent mechanical properties that match or even outperform, in some aspects, high performance fibers such as Kevlar and steel. Silk proteins can be further produced recombinantly, allowing the possibility for genetic modification, enhancing silks’ already impressive range of benefits. Thus far, little research has explored the possibility of incorporating silk-based materials in electronic or energy systems. With an increasing global concern for climate change and the dwindling reserves of fossil fuels, silk (or silk-derived) hybrid materials are a promising avenue of scientific exploration in energy storage and conversion devices, flexible and wearable electronics and even as photovoltaic devices, which will be reviewed here within. Despite this, silk has seen only little interest for applications in hybrid energy devices in the recent years. Here within, some of the applications and benefits of silk-based materials in several systems including: flexible electronics, thermal and thermoelectric devices, mechanical energy devices, sensors, and photovoltaic solar cells are examined. In addition to biocompatibility, high tensile strength, and renewability, silk also adds many benefits to hybrid energy systems such as tunability, multifunctionality, and versatility, making silk one of the most all-encompassing materials for use in hybrid devices.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
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
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Advanced Materials
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Molecular Biosciences
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Food and Health Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center for Material Science and Engineering - BayMAT
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2022 07:57