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The conventional process for preparing dry spinnable regenerated silk fibroin (RSF) aqueous solution needs not only an addition of Ca2+ but also an adjustment of pH value. In this work, an RSF dry spinning dope was prepared by using a simplified method with solely adding Ca2+. Compared with the conventional RSF solution, the simply prepared aqueous solution showed similar content of β-sheet conformation and diameter of RSF aggregates but lower viscosity. Furthermore, the posttreated RSF fiber dry-spun from this simply prepared solution showed higher crystallinity and crystalline orientation, smaller crystallite size, and better mechanical properties. It could be concluded that Ca2+ played a much more important role than pH value in improving the structures and properties of RSF spinning solution and fibers. Therefore, the step of adjusting pH value could be excluded in the process of preparing high performance RSF fibers.
In this work, the silk fibroin/sericin (SF/SS) blend aqueous solutions with different SF/SS mass ratios (100/0, 90/10, 85/15, 75/25, and 65/35) were prepared and electrospun to get regenerated fibers. It was found that the addition of SS in the SF solution could increase the apparent viscosity of the solution and improve its electrospinnability so that the fine uniform electrospun SF/SS fibers could be obtained. The quantitative analysis result of Raman spectroscopy showed that the presence of SS facilitated the conformational transition of SF from random coil/α-helix structure to β-sheet structure. Combined with the differential scanning calorimetry result, it was further hypothesized that SS could affect the structural change of SF by dehydrating SF and inducing the formation of hydrogen bonds between SF molecules. Consequently, SS also played an important and positive role in the thermal and mechanical properties of the resultant SF/SS fibers.
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