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

Jinlian Hu, Yong Zhu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Journal of Textile and Apparel
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • Shape Memory
  • Spider Silk
  • Supercontraction
  • Water Sensitive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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