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Inspired by Spider Silk: Unprecedented New Material With Extraordinary Mechanical Properties


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Researchers at NTNU have developed a new elastomer with unprecedented stiffness and toughness, inspired by spider silk. Inspired by extremely strong spider silk, researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have developed a new material that defies previously seen trade-offs between toughness and stiffness. The material is a type of polymer known as an elastomer because it has a rubber-like elasticity. The newly developed elastomer features molecules that have eight hydrogen bonds in one repeat unit, and it is these bonds that help to evenly distribute stress put on the material and make it so durable.

Inspired by Spider Silk: Unprecedented New Material With Extraordinary Mechanical Properties (scitechdaily.com)

Simultaneously Toughening and Stiffening Elastomers with Octuple Hydrogen Bonding below is a Peer Reviewed Journal that cover the article above: Simultaneously Toughening and Stiffening Elastomers with Octuple Hydrogen Bonding - Zhuo - 2021 - Advanced Materials - Wiley Online Library 

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