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SILKENE: Bionic silk with graphene or other nanomaterials spun by silkworms

Objective

"The project aims at designing, developing, scaling-up and optimizing a pre-industrial process towards the mass production of “silkene”, a bionic silk fiber reinforced with graphene, or other nanomaterials such as nanotubes, directly spun by silkworms. The idea is simply based on nanomaterial ingestion and subsequent “silkene” spinning by silkworms. Silkene is expected to be significantly stronger and tougher that its natural counterpart. Since silk produced by silkworms has already impacted our society, the impact of SILKENE project could also be significant. The process under consideration should in this project be technically verified, optimized and taken to a pre-commercial stage, for applications in industrial sectors such as smart or high-performance technical fibers, textiles, and related reinforced composites. The concept has been already preliminarily (see http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.06751) demonstrated at the laboratory scale with spiders, within our ERC Starting Grant ""Bio-inspired Hierarchical Super Nanomaterials"" (BIHSNAM)."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/two-dimensional nanostructures/graphene

Call for proposal

ERC-2015-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 149 943,75

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 943,75
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments