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Int J Biol Macromol. 2008 Aug 15;43(2):106-14. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2008.03.009. Epub 2008 Apr 11.

Regenerated cellulose-silk fibroin blends fibers.

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  • 1Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universit√† di Genova, Genova, Italy.


Fibers made of cellulose and silk fibroin at different composition were wet spun from solutions by using N-methylmorpholine N-oxide hydrates (NMMO/H(2)O) as solvent and ethanol as coagulant. Different spinning conditions were used. The fibers were characterized by different techniques: FTIR-Raman, scanning electron microscopy, wide-angle x-ray diffraction, DSC analysis. The results evidence a phase separation in the whole blends compositions. The tensile characterization, however, illustrates that the properties of the blends fibers are higher respect to a linear behaviour between the pure polymers, confirming a good compatibility between cellulose and silk fibroin. The fibers containing 75% of cellulose show better mechanical properties than pure cellulose fibers: modulus of about 23 GPa and strength to break of 307 MPa.

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