Abstract: Enhanced Adhesives Inspired by Spider Silk

Spider silk fiber is a biopolymer that is made in nature completely sustainably at a low energy, ambient temperature, and is perfectly biodegradable. The silk has one-third of the tensile strength of steel; but is one-sixth of the density. More research needs to be done investigating this material because it is a high-performance polymer that out performs every similar material we have available today. We are specifically interested in the silk from the recluse spider, Loxosceles, because in addition to its strength, it has outstanding adhesive capabilities that arise from its unique morphology.

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