Protein-Based Materials

  • Kevin McGrath
  • David Kaplan

Part of the Bioengineering of Materials book series (BOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Production of Protein-Based Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Franco A. Ferrari, Joseph Cappello
      Pages 37-60
    3. Jane G. Tirrell, David A. Tirrell, Maurille J. Fournier, Thomas L. Mason
      Pages 61-99
  3. Useful Classes of Protein-Based Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. David L. Kaplan, Charlene M. Mello, Steve Arcidiacono, Steve Fossey, Kris Senecal, Wayne Muller
      Pages 103-131
    3. D. W. Urry, C.-H. Luan, Cynthia M. Harris, Timothy M. Parker
      Pages 133-177
    4. Paul Calvert
      Pages 179-216
    5. Steven W. Taylor, J. Herbert Waite
      Pages 217-248
  4. Processing Issues in Protein-Based Meterials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Kevin P. McGrath, Michelle M. Butler
      Pages 251-279
    3. Samuel M. Hudson
      Pages 313-337
    4. David C. Martin, Tao Jiang, Christopher J. Buchko
      Pages 339-370
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 425-429

About this book


Nature learned long ago how useful proteins are as a diverse set of building blocks to make materials with very diverse properties. Spider webs, egg whites, hair follicles, and skeletal muscles are all largely protein. This book provides a glimpse into both nature's strategies for the design and produc­ tion of protein-based materials, and how scientists have been able to go beyond the constraints of natural materials to produce synthetic analogs with potentially wider ranges of properties. The work presented is very much the beginning of the story. Only recently has there been much progress in obtaining a molecular understanding of some of nature's com­ plex materials, and the mimicry or replacement of these by synthetic or genetically engineered variants is a field still in its infancy. Yet this book will serve as a useful introduction for those wishing to get started in what is sure to be an active and productive field throughout the 21st century. The authors represent a wide range of interests and expertise, and the topics chosen are comprehensive. Charles R. Cantor Center for Advanced Biotechnology Boston University Series Preface The properties of materials depend on the nature of the macromolecules, small molecules and inorganic components and the interfaces and interac­ tions between them. Polymer chemistry and physics, and inorganic phase structure and density are major factors that influence the performance of materials.


Polypeptide behavior biosynthesis biotechnology chemistry materials science peptides physics protein proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin McGrath
    • 1
  • David Kaplan
    • 2
  1. 1.RD & E CenterU.S. Army NatickNatickUSA
  2. 2.Biotechnology Center Department of Chemical EngineeringTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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