Fiorenzo Omenetto

Silk, the ancient material of the future

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TED2011
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Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature's most elegant materials — in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff.

Fiorenzo Omenetto
/ Biomedical engineer

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto's research spans nonlinear optics, nanostructured materials (such as photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibers), biomaterials and biopolymer-based photonics. Most recently, he's working on high-tech applications for silk.  Full bio.

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