Microcrimped collagen fiber-elastin composites

Jeffrey M. Caves, Vivek A. Kumar, Wenjun Xu, Nisarga Naik, Mark G. Allen, Elliot L. Chaikof, Allen

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A flexible membrane temlating technique (a) is developed for the fabrication of microcrimped collagen microfibers (b) that are embedded in an elastin-like protein matrix to generate hierarchical, biologically inspired fiber-reinforced composites (c). The microcrimped structure is stable under cyclic loading and the mechanical response of the engineered collagen-elastin composite mimics that of native tissue. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2041-2044
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 11 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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