Fungal mycelium classified in different material families based on glycerol treatment

Freek V.W. Appels, Jeroen G. van den Brandhof, Jan Dijksterhuis, Gijs W. de Kort, Han A.B. Wösten

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Fungal mycelium is an emerging bio-based material. Here, mycelium films are produced from liquid shaken cultures that have a Young’s modulus of 0.47 GPa, an ultimate tensile strength of 5.0 MPa and a strain at failure of 1.5%. Treating the mycelial films with 0–32% glycerol impacts the material properties. The largest effect is observed after treatment with 32% glycerol decreasing the Young’s modulus and the ultimate tensile strength to 0.003 GPa and 1.8 MPa, respectively, whereas strain at failure increases to 29.6%. Moreover, glycerol treatment makes the surface of mycelium films hydrophilic and the hyphal matrix absorbing less water. Results show that mycelium films treated with 8% and 16–32% glycerol classify as polymer- and elastomer-like materials, respectively, while non-treated films and films treated with 1–4% glycerol classify as natural material. Thus, mycelium materials can cover a diversity of material families.
Originele taal-2Engels
TijdschriftCommunications Biology
Volume3
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 26 jun 2020

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