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Natural and unnatural silks

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Natural silk is an important biopolymer with huge potential as it combines superb mechanical properties with environmentally sensitive production methods. Native silk dope taken straight from the gland can easily and without chemical assistance be drawn into strong fibres. Artificial silk fibres, on the other hand, rely on spinning dopes typically 'reconstituted' from natural silk fibres by strong chaotropic agents. Such fibres do not form readily, and often require chemical post-spin treatme...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
POLYMER
Volume:
48
Issue:
12
Pages:
3388-3392
Publication date:
2007-06-04
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ISSN:
0032-3861
URN:
uuid:3bc937a1-f4ca-4500-9208-efd31d4eaccf
Source identifiers:
209998
Local pid:
pubs:209998
Language:
English
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