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Controlled Fabrication and Water Collection Ability of Bioinspired Artificial Spider Silks

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  • Hao Bai,

    1. National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, P.R. China
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, P.R. China
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  • Jie Ju,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, P.R. China
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  • Ruize Sun,

    1. School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, P.R. China
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  • Yuan Chen,

    1. School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, P.R. China
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  • Yongmei Zheng,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, P.R. China
    • School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, P.R. China
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  • Lei Jiang

    Corresponding author
    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China
    • Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China.
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Abstract

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Spider silks with periodic spindle-knots are skillful at collecting water from the foggy air. Under controlled fabrication conditions, a series of bioinspired artificial spider silks (BAS) with different sized spindle-knots are realized. Furthermore, the water collection ability of these BASs is investigated. The study is helpful for the practical application of BASs as water collecting materials.

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