Tensile Reinforcement of Silk Films by the Addition of Telechelic-Type Polyalanine.

An appropriate modification technique for silk materials is needed to effectively improve their physical properties for specific applications. A telechelic-type polyalanine (T-polyA) was synthesized by papain-catalyzed polymerization as a novel reinforcing agent for silk materials. A silk fibroin obtained from Bombyx mori was homogeneously doped with T… CONTINUE READING