Bioinspired Materials: Controlled Fabrication and Water Collection Ability of Bioinspired Artificial Spider Silks (Adv. Mater. 32/2011)

Authors

  • 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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Bioinspired artificial spider silks with periodic spindle-knots can be fabricated under optimized conditions. As reported by Yongmei Zheng, Lei Jiang, and co-workers on page 3708, these silks are similar to natural silks in their ability to collect water from fog. Such bioinspired water collection materials may find applications in dry and fog-laden areas, using fog as an alternative water resource.

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