• Chinese Optics Letters
  • Vol. 18, Issue 8, 080004 (2020)
Yushu Wang, Meng Li, and Yu Wang*
Author Affiliations
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA
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    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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    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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    Special Issue: Soft-matter Photonics
    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)