Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Silk Filters

Silkworm, Bombyx mori

The silk produced by larvae of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, is a long thread composed of shorter interlocking strands of silk protein. Silk thread can be disassociated into its protein units, silk nanofibrils. These nanofibrils can be dissolved in solution and when appropriately filtered, will form a membrane of interlocking silk nanofibrils.

The membranes are useful for filtration applications They are free standing, do not dissolve in water or solvent and can be cut to…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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