Spider silks we supply Science and Research Priorities Spider dragline (or major ampullate) silk is the world’s toughest material. It combines high strength and extensibility in unique ways to outperform all other natural and synthetic materials per unit mass, including Nylon, Kevlar® and silkworm silks. Furthermore it has unique properties as a highly optically and…Details
SSRL collaborator Anna-Christin Joel headlines the American Chemical Society’s youtube channel with the video “Spider combs tame unruly nanofibers”. See:
New podcast is out: Spider silk special!Spider silk is one of the toughest materials on earth – it’s super light, durable and sustainable. Is spider silk the raw material for clothes and protective gear of the future? Cat chats to Dr Sean Blamires whose research explores ways to harness the spider silk’s special features for…Details
On Monday April 6 Scientists from the Department of Defence Science and Technology (https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/) was scheduled to visit our UNSW Facilities and personnel to initiate discussions on new spider silk initiatives with a focus on Defence. A full day of talks (by Sean Blamires, Patrick Spicer, Patricia Flanagan, Sean Li and others) and visits to…Details
AOS Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) and Australian Conference on Optics, Lasers, and Spectroscopy (ACOLS) 2019
Collaborative work between the Spider Silk Research Lab and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University will be presented at the upcoming (December 9-12) Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology and Australian Conference on Optics, Lasers, and Spectroscopy, in Melbourne.
See https://spie.org/AU/conferencedetails/aos-optical-fibre-technology-acoft-and-optics- lasers-spectroscopy-acols?SSO=1https://spie.org/AU/conferencedetails/aos-optical-fibre-technology-acoft-and-optics-lasers-spectroscopy-acols?SSO=1
Between June 12 and 15 2019 I attended the International Silk Conference within Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy. The conference covered all matters of silk, covering everything from the History of Silk trade across Europe to advanced materials manufacturing, from the ecology of silk making insects to surgical applications of silk derived products. David Kaplan…Details