npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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Review Paper

New Physics: Sae Mulli 2013; 63: 851-859

Published online August 30, 2013

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New Silk Road Toward High Technology

Sung hwan KIM*

Department of Physics, Ajou University, Suwon 443-749, Korea

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The interplay between the electrical and the photonic phenomena endogenous to biological matter and that between there phenomena externally induced or transduced through technological interfaces has driven developments in understanding the natural systems that drive new approaches in biosensing and imaging techniques. Silk fibroin, a natural protein extracted from the Bombyx mori caterpillar, has been shown to be an attractive material for applications in bio electronics and photonics due to its biocompatibility and unique mechanical and optical characteristics. The favorable characteristics of silk fibroin films allow the adaptation of the micro- and the nano-fabrication techniques commonly used in organic electronics and photonics manufacturing. Here, the state of the art of and the opportunities offered by silk proteins as a promising biomaterial are the focus.

Keywords: Silk protein, Biomaterial, High technology, Micro/nanotechnology, Biomedical application, Electronics, Photonics

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