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Production and processing of spider silk proteins

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/08/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number16
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)3957-3963
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date6/07/09
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Natural spider silk fibers have impressive mechanical properties (outperforming many man-made fibers) and are, moreover, biocompatible, biodegradable, and produced under benign conditions (using water as a solvent at ambient temperature). The problems associated with harvesting natural spider silks inspired us to devise a method to produce spider silk-like proteins biotechnologically (the first subject tackled in this highlight); we subsequently discuss their processing into various materials morphologies, and some potential technical and biomedical applications.