Fibrillogenesis of native and reconstituted silks

D. Blair
Georgetown University, US

Keywords: soft nanotechnology

Summary:

Bombyx Mori (silkworm) silk is highly biocompatible and exhibits highly desirable structural properties compared synthetic polymers. Our particular interest lies in understanding the capabilities of native and reconstituted silks. I will present our results on the effects of applied shear on electro-gels. We quantify the structural properties while dynamically imaging shear induced fiber formation; known as fibrillogenesis. It is observed that the mechanical properties and microstructure of these materials are highly dependent on the details of the imposed shear.