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  • Manuscript Accepted: Jun. 23, 2020

    Online Published: Jun. 28, 2020

Chinese Optics Letters, 2020, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp.

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

Wang Yu, Wang Yushu, Li Meng

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  • Tufts University
  • Tufts University
  • Tufts University


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.