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Spider silk as a load bearing biomaterial: tailoring mechanical properties via structural modifications.

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Spider silk shows great potential as a biomaterial: in addition to biocompatibility and biodegradability, its strength and toughness are greater than native biological fibres (e.g. collagen), with toughness exceeding that of synthetic fibres (e.g. nylon). Although the ultimate tensile strength and toughness at failure are unlikely to be limiting factors, its yield strain of 2% is insufficient, particularly for biomedical application because of the inability to mimic the complex ultrastructure...

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10.1039/c0nr00752h

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Journal:
Nanoscale
Volume:
3
Issue:
3
Pages:
870-876
Publication date:
2011-03-01
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EISSN:
2040-3372
ISSN:
2040-3364
Source identifiers:
230659
Language:
English
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2012-12-19

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