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
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 July 1-9 Sean Blamires, Hamish Craig (UNSW), Jonas Wolff (Macquarie University) and Shichang Zhang and Dakota Piorkowski (Tunghai University) attended the 20th International Congress of Arachnology in Golden Colorado. We caught up with many fellow Arachnologists. From July 11-15 Sean Blamires and Hamish Craig visited the Molecular Science (NMR) Facility at Arizona State University…Details
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