Scientists Create an Amazingly Tough Spider Silk Utilizing a Combination of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes

 

Scientists from the University of Trento in Italy have created a top notch spider silk by spraying them with water-mixed carbon nanotubes and graphene.

Graphene is much in the news these days. It seem to have unlimited applications all beneficial to man. However the latest news puts the human mind to test. Spider’s silk with graphene? I think the scientists have gone too far. But, wait a minute! There might be something here that more than meets the eyes.

The MIT Technology Review is picking it up and when this prestigious publication publishes something on its pages, it must be something worthwhile to investigate. And, investigate, I did. The journal mentioned how tough the end product was, it’s comparable to Kevlar in toughness. Even surpasses it.

It’s much the same with what happened with Spiderman, Peter Parker, after being bitten by a spider exposed to radiation. This time it was no accident. The scientists did the experiment on purpose. The result was that the spiders’ were exposed carbon nanotubes and treated with graphene which resulted to a super tough spider web.

Emiliano Lepore, a post-doctoral fellow at the university’s department of structural engineering was the leader of the experiments.

He, together with his team used 15 Pholcidae spiders (cellar spiders or daddy longlegs) and had them sprayed with carbon nanotubes and water-treated graphene flakes, according to CNET.

Tech Times mentioned how the graphene becomes an innate part of the silk but its unclear how at the moment.

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Source: http://www.immortal.org/8613/spiders-use-graphene-and-carbon-nanotubes-to-spin-super-strong-silk/

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