On November 9 2018, Aditya Rawal presented our collaborative silkworm silk NMR, FTIR, AFM and TEM results at the 8th Western Sydney University NMR, MRI and Diffusion Workshop at WSU, Campbelltown. The talk covered the material properties of native and reconstituted silks, amino acid sequences and how examine structures using NMR, FTIR, XRD etc. 1…Details
On Septmber 3 2018, Sean Blamires, Jonas Wolff and Deb Kane (Macquarie University) visited the Blue Mountians glow worm cave to sample the glow worm glues and photograph spiders. A sample of the photos are shown…
On July 19-20, Sean Blamires, Jain Fang and Min Guo (Deakin University) visited Australian Synchrotron to perform SAXS/WAXS of pre-stretched lacewing, glow worm and spider silks….
From June 25 to June 30 I conducted a ‘Silk Biology’ course at the Centro Universitario de Rivera, Rivera, Uruguay with Dr Luis Fernando Garcia, Dr Mariángeles Lacava, Prof Carmen Viera, and Dr Marco Benamú. We had nine students attend from different parts of Uruguay, as well as Argentina and Mexico. The week was intensive,…Details
Uruguay trip (May 19-June 10) I am now 3 weeks in to a 7 week Uruguayan research and teaching trip. While I had planned to update the events of the trip weekly, it wasn’t to be. My hosts Luis, Mariángeles, Marcos and Carmen have planned a very busy schedule. I’ll sum up the past…Details