Our Paper: Silk Reconstitution Disrupts Fibroin Self-Assembly
The strong fibers made by silkworms and spiders are the basis for new green materials to replace plastics and other materials. In a recently published paper, we used a very powerful microscope to visualize at the level of individual molecules how processed silk behaves different from its natural counterpart.
See our Full Press Release: Processed Silk.
|S. R. Koebley, D. Thorpe, P. Pang, P. Chrisochoides, I. Greving, F. Vollrath, H. C. Schniepp,
“Silk Reconstitution Disrupts Fibroin Self-Assembly” Biomacromolecules 16 (9), 2796–2804 (2015).
|Publisher's Web Page:||http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.biomac.5b00732|
Media Coverage of This Work
|Oct 2015||Our research on the silk of the brown recluse spider is highlighted by the ideation magazine article: "Unraveling the secret of silk that's more alive than dead".|
|Sep 2015||Cover Story in the Daily Press featuring our recently published research on shear-induced self-assembly of molecularly thin silk fibrils. There is also a corresponding Video Interview.|
Our Related Publications
||| Adv. Materials (2013) — Schniepp*, Koebley & Vollrath
"Brown Recluse Spider's Nanometer Scale Ribbons of Stiff Extensible Silk"
||| Biomacromolecules (2012) — Greving, Cai, Vollrath & Schniepp*
"Shear-Induced Self-Assembly of Native Silk Proteins into Fibrils Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy"