Fibrillogenesis of native and reconstituted silks

D. Blair
Georgetown University, US

Keywords: soft nanotechnology


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.