Functional Silk: Colored and Luminescent (Adv. Mater. 11/2012)

Authors

  • Natalia C. Tansil,

    1. Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, 117602, Singapore
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  • Leng Duei Koh,

    1. Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, 117602, Singapore
    2. Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore
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  • Ming-Yong Han

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, 117602, Singapore
    2. Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore
    • Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, 117602, Singapore.
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Abstract

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The image shows intrinsically multicolored and luminescent silk produced by silkworms that have consumed various fluorescent dyes. Methods to produce such colored and luminescent silks through post-dyeing and biological methods are reviewed on page 1388 by M.-Y. Han and coworkers. In particular, the properties, utility, and versatility of the functional silk are highlighted, as well as the molecular property-dependent incorporation of various materials into silk while it is being secreted by silkworms.

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