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
A news article on our paper on the multifunctional role of Herennia multipuncta’s orange body colours was published in ‘The Scientist’. See: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/spiders-orange-colors-both-lure-prey-and-frighten-predators-65768?fbclid=IwAR3u2gWvP_6BLjo47VwpKLKh7Y-dSQcPEd0_t5k7YuT8WAPxFjJJdwN25OU
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….