Bioactive Silk Inks Developed to Create Bacteria Sensing Smart Gloves

Tufts researchers and collaborators have developed a formulation of regenerated silk fibroin solution that can be easily functionalized and inkjet printed on numerous surfaces. The formulation can be doped with other biological components to generate a custom library of inkjet-printable, functional “silk inks” for use in sensing, therapeutics, and regenerative medicine. To illustrate this concept, the researchers created and printed on laboratory gloves a silk ink that changes color when exposed to bacteria. To learn more, please visit the Tufts Now news release here.