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Unexpected strength and toughness in chitosan-fibroin laminates inspired by insect cuticle
Fernandez, J.G.; Ingber, D.E. (2011). Unexpected strength and toughness in chitosan-fibroin laminates inspired by insect cuticle. Adv. Mater. Early View: 5 pp. dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201104051
In: Advanced Materials. Wiley: Weinheim. ISSN 0935-9648, more
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Keywords
    Biomaterials; Chitosan; Fibroins; Marine

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  • Fernandez, J.G.
  • Ingber, D.E.

Abstract
    A material inspired by natural insect cuticle and composed of chitosan and fibroin is created. The material exhibits the strength of an aluminum alloy at half its weight, while being clear, biocompatible, biodegradable, and micromoldable. The bioinspired laminate exhibits strength and toughness that are ten times greater than the unstructured component blend and twice that of its strongest constituent.

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