International Sugar Journal

Combination of cellulose and silk protein – a superior alternative to plastic [Registered]

Silk and cellulose are biopolymers that show strong potential as future sustainable materials. They also have complementary properties, suitable for combination in composite materials where cellulose would form the reinforcing component and silk the tough matrix. A major challenge concerns balancing structure and functional properties in the assembly process. Now Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland researchers have succeeded in overcoming this challenge.

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