Mechanically Strong Bio-Fiber from Silk and Cellulose Nanocomposites

Objective

  • Develop a bio-fiber with unique combinations of stiffness, strength and toughness using two abundant biomass feedstocks, silk and cellulose
  • Develop a scalable cost-effective technique for manufacturing large quantities of the fiber

Impact

  • Utilizing low-value biomass feedstock for manufacturing high- value materials will have significant economic impact
  • A bioinspired structural material with unprecedented mechanical properties
  • Provide an alternative to current synthetic fiber

Key Milestones

  • Establish an effective and reliable method to fabricate the bio- fiber
  • Verify the performance of the bio-fiber by assessing the thermo- mechanical properties, long term stability, and solvent solubility
  • Transfer the technology into scalable technique for manufacture in a cost effective manner
  • Determine economic and commercial viability