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TitleOptically transparent silk fibroin/silver nanowire composites for piezoresistive sensing and object recognitions
Author(s)Reizabal, Ander
Gonçalves, Sérgio Abílio Pereira
Pereira, Nelson
Costa, Carlos Miguel Silva
Pérez, Leyre
Vilas-Vilela, José L.
Lanceros-Méndez, S.
Issue date2020
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
CitationJournal of Materials Chemistry C, 8 (37), pp. 13053-13062
Abstract(s)This work focuses on the development of a novel generation of bio-based advanced multifunctional materials, able to replace the synthetic ones and thus contributing to sustaibanility. Silk Fibroin (SF), a protein obtained from Bombyx mori cocoons, has been selected due to its natural accessibility, physico-chemical properties and facile processability. In order to extend its functionality, SF was combined with silver nanowires (SNW) to develop SF/SNW nanocomposites. The effect of the fillers aspects ratio and concentration on SF microstructure, thermal and dielectric properties has been addressed. It is shown that the inclusion of the conductive fillers allows to tailor SF/SNW nanocomposites electrical properties, while maintaining SF intrinsic flexibility and thermal stability. Optical transparency is maintained for the lower filler concentrations. Further, the SF/SNW nanocomposites show piezoresistiive characteristics suitable for the development of force and deformation sensors. Further, the ability of the samples to generate electricity (electric potential difference between 30 to 124 mV which increases with SNW content) was used for the design of an object recognition device. Overall, the work demonstrates the multifuctional properties of SF/SNW nanocomposites for a variety of applications and, therefore, their suitability as advanced sustainable materials for a new generation of devices.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/69513
DOI10.1039/d0tc03428b
ISSN2050-7534
Publisher versionhttps://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/tc/d0tc03428b#!divAbstract
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