H. Tao, D.L. Kaplan and F.G. Omenetto, Tufts University, USA
Biopolymers are promising building blocks for a new generation of green devices. Silk proteins represent a unique family of biopolymers due to their novel structural and biological properties, which serve as a broad inspiration to develop biological foundries for technological applications that leverage nature’s materials as their main constituents. This chapter focuses on the opportunities offered by the material as a promising biopolymer platform for high technology applications in optics and photonics, electronics and optoelectronics.