Durable and functional biomaterials from crosslinked non-canonical silk and cellulose composite

Project Details


In the proposed project, I aim to produce functional composite materials from crosslinked non-canonical silks and cellulose nanofibers (CNF). In particular, the goal is to improve the water resistance of currently available silk- and cellulose-based biomaterials by mimicking the crosslinking and tanning of natural silks and leather. The designed material is expected to exhibit outstanding mechanical properties in both dry and wet states and to be fully biodegradable. The silk used in the study is obtained by recombinant production, which enables control over the purity, quality and properties of the material, while nanocellulose is obtained from wood pulp. The material is crosslinked to improve its stability and water resistance. Special attention is paid for the functionality of the material. The composite materials developed in the project can be utilized in the design of novel fully biodegradable products.
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/08/2024

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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