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 date||01/09/2020 → 31/08/2024|