Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Carbon nanotubes on a spider silk scaffold could create tough, biocompatible, implantable electronics
Paper Abstract:

Understanding the compatibility between spider silk and conducting materials is essential to advance the use of spider silk in electronic applications. Spider silk is tough, but becomes soft when exposed to water. Here we report a strong affinity of amine-functionalised multi-walled carbon nanotubes for spider silk, with coating assisted by a water and mechanical shear method. The nanotubes adhere uniformly and bond to the silk fibre surface to produce tough, custom-shaped, flexible and electrically conducting fibres after drying and contraction. The conductivity of coated silk fibres is reversibly sensitive to strain and humidity, leading to proof-of-concept sensor and actuator demonstrations.

[read more @nextbigfuture & @newscientist] [paper]

Carbon nanotubes on a spider silk scaffold could create tough, biocompatible, implantable electronics

Paper Abstract:

Understanding the compatibility between spider silk and conducting materials is essential to advance the use of spider silk in electronic applications. Spider silk is tough, but becomes soft when exposed to water. Here we report a strong affinity of amine-functionalised multi-walled carbon nanotubes for spider silk, with coating assisted by a water and mechanical shear method. The nanotubes adhere uniformly and bond to the silk fibre surface to produce tough, custom-shaped, flexible and electrically conducting fibres after drying and contraction. The conductivity of coated silk fibres is reversibly sensitive to strain and humidity, leading to proof-of-concept sensor and actuator demonstrations.

[read more @nextbigfuture & @newscientist] [paper]

Notes

  1. skogsdjur reblogged this from futurescope and added:
    Synthetic biology and its many applications should perhaps be called into sub-categorise. As the example above implies...
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    Dude…such cool tech…still waiting on commercial availability for wetware cpu’s and alu’s…
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    Let’s take another break from baking and indulge in some science! =)
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    Nanotecnología y Genética
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