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  • Received: May. 14, 2020

    Accepted: Jun. 23, 2020

    Posted: Jul. 24, 2020

    Published Online: Jul. 27, 2020

    The Author Email: Yu Wang (wybxzhd@126.com)

    DOI: 10.3788/COL202018.080004

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    Yushu Wang, Meng Li, Yu Wang. Silk: a versatile biomaterial for advanced optics and photonics [Invited][J]. Chinese Optics Letters, 2020, 18(8): 080004

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Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 8, 080004 (2020)

Silk: a versatile biomaterial for advanced optics and photonics [Invited]

Yushu Wang, Meng Li, and Yu Wang*

Author Affiliations

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA

Abstract

The growing demand of sustainable and biocompatible optical devices is stimulating the development of naturally derived biomaterials for optics and photonics. As a versatile biomaterial, silk provides excellent material characteristics that are favorable towards the generation of advanced optical systems. This review examines the use of silk as a material platform in optical applications. Recent advances in silk-based optical devices and multifunctional devices are summarized. The challenges and directions in further designing and fabricating silk optics are also discussed. We envision that silk will play a pivotal role in the future exploitation of sustainable, intelligent, wearable/implantable, and multifunctional optical devices.

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