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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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Peer reviewed

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University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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"University of Oxford", "ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK"
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Polymer Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
12
Pages:
3388-3392
Publication date:
2007-06-05
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ISSN:
0032-3861
URN:
uuid:917f1775-7827-4da3-a0f8-9eedf43e9c81
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ora:3348
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English
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