Towards a new generation of fibre-optic chemical sensors based on spider silk threads

@article{Tow2017TowardsAN,
  title={Towards a new generation of fibre-optic chemical sensors based on spider silk threads},
  author={Kenny Hey Tow and Desmond M. Chow and Fritz Vollrath and Isabelle Dicaire and Tom Gheysens and Luc Th{\'e}venaz},
  journal={2017 25th Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (OFS)},
  year={2017},
  pages={1-4}
}
A spider uses up to seven different types of silk, all having specific functions, to build its web. For scientists, native silk — directly extracted from spiders — is a tough, biodegradable and biocompatible thread used mainly for tissue engineering and textile applications. Blessed with outstanding optical properties, this protein strand can also be used… CONTINUE READING