Easy Way to Spin Nanofibers, Inspired by Silkworms

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Did you know that silk fabric is made from silkworm saliva? The way that silkworms wind their cocoons from fibers in their slimy saliva is now helping scientists more easily make new biomedical materials. Researchers reporting in the American Chemical Society’s Nano Letters on November 21, 2022, have mimicked the seemingly simple head bobbing of silkworms to create more consistent micro- and nanofibers with less equipment than other approaches. Watch a video of the new method in action. The article is titled “Biomimetic Microadhesion Guided Instant Spinning.”
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