Spider Silk : A Smart Biopolymer with Water Switchable Shape Memory Effects -Unraveling the Mystery of Superconraction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Journal / PublicationResearch Journal of Textile and Apparel
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


The work represents an advance in understanding spider silks related to supercontraction which is clearly the water triggered shape recovery phenomenon. A structural model of spider silks is established, which can integrate a number of phenomena such as tunable mechanical properties, the origin, functions and ground state of supercontraction. The shape memory mechanism of protein fibers lays foundation for man-making and bio-mimicking spider silks using chemical approaches rather than genetic ones.

Research Area(s)

  • Shape Memory, Spider Silk, Supercontraction, Water Sensitive