Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Du pont is working on synthetic or spider silk and in 1998 published a report about silk they had spun. they found that the molecular orientation of the synthetic silk is very much similar to that of natural silk, whereas in synthetic silk the crystal regions were larger and apart as compared with natural silk. the fibers contained only one or two main proteins that make up drag line silk. and due to these factors the synthetic fibers had lower strength. the studies of du pont does show that synthetic spider silk is a worthwhile endeavor.