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Asian Journal of Materials Science
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 29-35
DOI: 10.3923/ajmskr.2009.29.35
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Preparation of Flexible Silk Fibroin Films Plasticized with Glucose

Y. Baimark, P. Srihanam and Y. Srisuwan

Aim of this study was to prepare flexible silk fibroin films by blending with glucose. The silk fibroin films from the silkworm, Bombyx mori, were prepared by solution evaporation technique. Solution blending was used to blend glucose into silk fibroin films to enhance film flexibility and wettability. Intermolecular bonding between silk fibroin and glucose can be observed from spectra of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Images of scanning electron microscopy showed that the film morphology was homogeneous throughout the film matrices. Flexibility of silk fibroin films were improved by blending glucose. Elongations at break of the silk fibroin/glucose blended films increased and tensile strengths decreased as the glucose ratio increased. These flexible silk fibroin films provide potential new biomaterials for use in biomedical, pharmaceutical and packaging applications.
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How to cite this article:

Y. Baimark, P. Srihanam and Y. Srisuwan, 2009. Preparation of Flexible Silk Fibroin Films Plasticized with Glucose. Asian Journal of Materials Science, 1: 29-35.

DOI: 10.3923/ajmskr.2009.29.35






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