Issue Date: June 19, 2006
Silica-spider silk composites
Following nature's lead in designing materials with novel properties, researchers have prepared composites based on a combination of spider silk and silica (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2006, 103, 9428). Seashell, bone, and other naturally occurring composite materials derive their unique properties from the microscopic blend of the organic and inorganic building blocks from which they are composed. That materials synthesis strategy led Cheryl Wong Po Foo and David L. Kaplan of Tufts University and . . .
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