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Silk and synthetic polymers: reconciling 100 degrees of separation.

Abstract:
It is shown that the work required to produce natural silk fibers is at least ten times less than a classic synthetic polymer, yet still nature produces a fiber with superior mechanical properties. The concept of polymer crystallization is (re)defined and silks are classed as a new nanocomposite state of biological matter called aquamelts. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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10.1002/adma.201103664

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Author
Journal:
Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) More from this journal
Volume:
24
Issue:
1
Pages:
105-104
Publication date:
2012-01-01
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EISSN:
1521-4095
ISSN:
0935-9648
Language:
English
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pubs:205990
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uuid:e6e0903b-8c6a-4bd8-a00d-f684db031eef
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205990
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2012-12-19

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