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

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 SILKENE project word cloud

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nanomaterials    silkene    silkworms    industrial    silk    reinforced   

Project "SILKENE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 149˙943 €
 EC max contribution 149˙943 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-PoC
 Funding Scheme /ERC-POC
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2017-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO IT (TRENTO) hostInstitution 149˙943.00


 Project 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 demonstrated at the laboratory scale with spiders, within our ERC Starting Grant 'Bio-inspired Hierarchical Super Nanomaterials' (BIHSNAM).'

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