Saturday, October 23, 2010
Unravelling the Secrets of Silk Production
I get the sense here that we are not too far out from making silk without involving a lot of silkworms. We are getting into critical details here and it appears that it practically self assembles in a two phase process that is surely tricky but no more so than many other manufacturing processes.
It would be neat to produce a synthetic product identical to the natural product. Silk is generally superior to most fiber and cheap supply is a good start. This also suggests how to tweak the process to achieve and sustain best quality.
Again the natural world is feeling the full press of modern research numbers as never before. Few such secrets will remain uncovered and that is great.
Unravelling the secrets of silk production
Oct 11, 2010
James Dacey is a reporter for physicsworld.com