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Chris Holland, Fritz Vollrath, Anthony J. Ryan and Oleksandr O. Mykhaylyk Silk and Synthetic Polymers: Reconciling 100 Degrees of Separation Advanced Materials 24

Version of Record online: 23 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201103664

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It is shown that the work required to produce natural silk fibers is at least ten times less than a classic synthetic polymer, yet still nature produces a fiber with superior mechanical properties. The concept of polymer crystallization is (re)defined and silks are classed as a new nanocomposite state of biological matter called aquamelts.

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