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NEWSILK, The New Road to Silk: Bio-based production of silk-like materials 2017-2020

Biotechnical production of silk and the engineering of materials properties of silk offers large possibilities for industrial development. Our aim is that silk-like materials, including spider web proteins and other related fibrous proteins, will form a basis for high performance materials in the future.  Our consortium combines three areas: Biotechnology (Aalto CHEM), Polymer Chemistry (Helsinki University) and Art & Design (Aalto ARTS). This combination of groups will develop and strengthen multi- and interdisciplinary research collaboration and lead to new ways of doing science. In our project we integrate the experimental design process in research where biological production and polymer chemistry is used to create new materials that answer to tomorrow’s requirements for materials. Funding comes from Academy of Finland, Biofuture programme 2017-2020.