Structural Properties of Protein and Their Role in Polymer Nanocomposites

  • Malladi Rajinipriya
  • Florent Gauvin
  • Mathieu Robert
  • Saïd Elkoun
  • Malladi NagalakshmaiahEmail author


The growing concern over the environment raises the question of biodegradability and renewability in numerous fields, including materials and energy. Therefore, industries and researchers focus more on the development of biomaterials generated from natural sources. In this context, proteins and their unique properties made them ideal candidates to be used in different novel applications and are not limited to films, hydrogels, biological tissue engineering, and polymer composites. In this chapter, authors highlight the different sources of protein and their structural properties. Then, the extraction methods are discussed in detail. Further, the different processing methods to prepare the protein-based composites were explained. In overall, this chapter aims to highlight the recent developments of protein-based materials in different fields, based on the literature.


Proteins Structural properties Tissue engineering Nanocomposites Hydrogels 



The authors want to thank National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the “Centre québecois des matériaux fonctionnels” (CQMF), and the “Consortium de Recherché et Innovations en Bioprocédés Industriels du Québec” (CRIBIQ) of Fonds de recherche du Québec − Nature et technologies (FRQNT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malladi Rajinipriya
    • 1
  • Florent Gauvin
    • 2
  • Mathieu Robert
    • 1
  • Saïd Elkoun
    • 1
  • Malladi Nagalakshmaiah
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Innovation in Technological Eco design (CITE)University of SherbrookeGranbyCanada
  2. 2.Department of the Built EnvironmentEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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