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Extended wet-spinning can modify spider silk properties

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Abstract

Contrary to expectation, we demonstrate that spider dragline silk spun experimentally under water displays greater stiffness and higher resilience compared to silk spun “naturally” into air. We suggest that this consequence of extended wet-spinning is due to increased molecular orientation resulting from extension of the mobile phase.

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Submitted
13 Jan 2005
Accepted
04 Mar 2005
First published
30 Mar 2005

Chem. Commun., 2005, 2489-2491
Article type
Communication

Extended wet-spinning can modify spider silk properties

Y. Liu, Z. Shao and F. Vollrath, Chem. Commun., 2005, 2489 DOI: 10.1039/B500319A

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