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Silk: Materials, Processes, and Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128184950, 9780128196878

Silk: Materials, Processes, and Applications

1st Edition

Author: Narendra Reddy
Paperback ISBN: 9780128184950
eBook ISBN: 9780128196878
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 15th November 2019
Page Count: 226
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Table of Contents

  1. Sources and classification of silk
    2. Structure and properties of silk fibers
    3. New developments in degumming silk
    4. Regenerated silk fibers
    5. Electrospun silk fibers
    6. Applications of silk
    7. 3D printing silk
    8. Future trends in the sources, processing and applications of silk


Silk: Materials, Processes, and Applications addresses the latest research on the structure and properties of silk fibers, properties of silk-based materials, and cutting edge-related industrial practices. It pays particular attention to mulberry silk, but unconventional silks such as spider silk and marine silk fibers are also covered.

Although silk is one of the oldest known fibers, new research continues to shed light on its properties, leading it to be applied in new contexts particularly in the medical field, and new non-textile areas. In addition to structural and mechanical qualities, this book also includes a great deal of new research on the chemical modifications of silk fibers, and other processing methods.

With a focus on practical methodologies, this is the most readable and readily applicable book on silk so far, making it a perfect guide for readers with a range of backgrounds.

Key Features

  • Addresses the fundamental differences between mulberry, spider, and wild silks
  • Describes silk fiber and non-fiber forms, including hydrogels and films
  • In-depth coverage of silk-processing methods provides the perfect starting point for biotechnologists interested in the use of silk for non-textile applications


Academic and industrial researchers with backgrounds in such fields as material science, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering or basic science working on silks and their applications


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About the Author

Narendra Reddy

Narendra Reddy is a professor and Ramalingaswami fellow at the Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research and Consultancy, at Jyothy Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India. He has been working on silk and protein-based materials for the last 15 years, and has authored or coauthored 3 books, in addition to more than 125 research articles which were published in reputed peer-reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Ramalingaswami Fellow at the Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research and Consultancy, Jyothy Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, India