Chemically Modified Silk Proteins

Jianming Chen, Harun Venkatesan, Jinlian Hu

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Silks are of central importance as smart natural biomaterials and are attracting increasing attention for their biomimetic potential due to their sophisticated molecular structure, self-assembly mechanism, impressive mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and biodegradability. The versatility of silk proteins (SP) allows the chemical modification of silk-based materials with diverse morphologies under harsh conditions. The chemical modification of amino acids within SP enables the expanded generation of new biomaterials and the extension of their potential functional applications. The authors review the current chemical modification strategies and routes for the functionalization of SP.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700961
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • amino acid modification
  • chemical modification
  • coupling reaction
  • grafting reaction
  • silk proteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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