Bio-based performance materials (bioperformance materials), such as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and spider silk, have received considerable hype for their impressive mechanical properties. In this report, we evaluate these materials and their paths to commercialization to determine whether or not the hype is justified. Moreover, we identify and evaluate compelling properties shared by emerging bioperformance materials, self-assembly, self-healing, and structural color, to assess opportunities for long-term development or bio-inspired materials design.
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