24 October 2017 Highly-transparent multi-layered spin-coated silk fibroin film
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Proceedings Volume 10460, AOPC 2017: Optoelectronics and Micro/Nano-Optics; 104600S (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284186
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
Abstract
In this study, the silk fibroin films with different numbers of layers were fabricated by the spin-coating method and their optical transmittances were observed. The process to synthesise the silk fibroin solution was explained – starting from the silk cocoon until the silk-fibroin solution, approximately 7.5% concentration wt/vol, was obtained. The solution was spin-coated onto clean glass substrates to fabricate samples. Totally 10 samples with different numbers of layers, from 1 to 5 layers, were obtained. All samples can be separated into two groups: those left dried at room temperature after spin-coating and those heated at 60°C. They were then measured for their transmittance over the visible-to-near-infrared region. All samples exhibited the high transmittance where the values were at 95% and 98%, for the samples at room temperature and those at 60°C, respectively. This was believed to be due to the heating effect that caused the silk fibroin to arrange itself after being heated, hence the higher transmittance. These high transmittances were maintained regardless of the number of layers and length of heating time. Results from this study could be used to fabricate a silk fibroin film with high optical transmittance and adjustable other properties.
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Kamol Wasapinyokul, Supranee Kaewpirom, Santhad Chuwongin, Siridech Boonsang, "Highly-transparent multi-layered spin-coated silk fibroin film", Proc. SPIE 10460, AOPC 2017: Optoelectronics and Micro/Nano-Optics, 104600S (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2284186; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284186
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