The effect of solvents on the contraction and mechanical properties of spider silk

@article{Shao1999TheEO,
  title={The effect of solvents on the contraction and mechanical properties of spider silk},
  author={Zhengzhong Shao and F. Vollrath},
  journal={Polymer},
  year={1999},
  volume={40},
  pages={1799-1806}
}
  • Zhengzhong Shao, F. Vollrath
  • Published 1999
  • Chemistry
  • Polymer
  • We examined the mechanical characteristics of four major ampullate (MA) dragline silks during and after submersion in a range of solvents. The silks were reeled from four very different spiders: Araneus diadematus, Nephila edulis, Latrodectus mactansand Euprosthenops sp. They displayed significant differences in behaviour in the native state as well as during and after supercontraction in solvents such as water, urea solution and a set of alcohols. The different polarities of the solvents are… CONTINUE READING
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