New Combination of Wood Fibers and Spider Silk Could Rival Plastic After It Outperforms in Tests

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Post by phildidge on Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:32 pm

Researchers have developed a unique new material out of wood and spider silk—and since it outperforms most of today’s synthetic and natural materials by providing high strength, stiffness, and increased toughness, scientists say it could one day replace plastic.

Achieving strength and extensibility at the same time has so far been a great challenge in material engineering: increasing strength has meant losing extensibility and vice versa.

Now Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland researchers have succeeded in overcoming this challenge by seeking inspiration from nature.

The researchers created a truly new bio-based material by gluing together wood cellulose fibers and the silk protein found in spider web threads. The result is a very firm and resilient material which could be used in the future as a possible replacement for plastic, as part of bio-based composites and in medical applications, surgical fibers, textile industries, and packaging.


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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:27 am

Idea

Materials like that could be useful for making beehive parts,   (and some other agricultural and horticultural items..), too...

As long as it is  :

*  resistant to weather and UV rays;
*  strong enough to stand up to transport and rough handling;
*  acceptable to the bees themselves;
*  affordable and 'cost effective'..

And environmentally friendly (wood pulp mills amd plastics factories are two of the worst polluting industries out there).

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