Silk Polymers: Materials Science and Biotechnology

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Characterizes the mechanical and molecular structure of silks with an emphasis on development and application of high-performance and composite materials. Discusses the synthesis of native and synthetic silks and silk-like materials, with particular focus on genetic encoding and engineering. Examines the structure-property relationship of silks and silk-like materials. Serves as an aid in the design of polymers targeted for specific functions.
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Characterizes the mechanical and molecular structure of silks with an emphasis on development and application of high-performance and composite materials. Discusses the synthesis of native and synthetic silks and silk-like materials, with particular focus on genetic encoding and engineering. Examines the structure-property relationship of silks and silk-like materials. Serves as an aid in the design of polymers targeted for specific functions.
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Considering silk from spiders, midges, and aquatic insects as well as from silk worms, the 29 papers discuss recent research in the biology, genetics, synthesis, characterization, properties, modeling, processing, and applications. Addressed to biotechnologists, materials scientists, and other professionals. Reproduced from typescripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780841227439
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: ACS Symposium Series , #544
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Silk: Biology, Structure, Properties, and Genetics 2
2 General Properties of Some Spider Silks 17
3 Silk Glands of Araneid Spiders: Selected Morphological and Physiological Aspects 29
4 Molecular Map for the Silkworm: Constructing New Links between Basic and Applied Research 45
5 Importance of Unique Silk Proteins to the Ecological and Evolutionary Diversity of Araneid Spiders 59
6 Initial Characterization of Nephila clavipes Dragline Protein 67
7 Silk and Silk Proteins from Two Aquatic Insects 80
8 Synthetic and Recombinant Domains from a Midge's Giant Silk Protein: Role for Disulfide Bonds 91
9 In Vivo Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Alanylglycine-Rich Artificial Proteins
10 Design, Synthesis, and Fabrication of a Novel Self-Assembling Fibrillar Protein 104
11 Optical Characterization of Silk Secretions and Fibers 120
12 Structural Evolution of Genetically Engineered Silklike Protein Polymers 137
13 NMR Characterization of Silk Proteins 148
14 Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of the Secondary Structure of Spider Silk Fiber 155
15 Crystal Structure of Silk of Bombyx mori 168
16 Toward Single-Fiber Diffraction of Spider Dragline Silk from Nephila clavipes 176
17 X-ray Moduli of Silk Fibers from Nephila clavipes and Bombyx mori 185
18 Aspects of the Morphology of Dragline Silk of Nephila clavipes 196
19 Thermal Properties of Silk Proteins in Silkworms 211
20 Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Certain Spider Silks 222
21 Mechanical Properties of Major Ampulate Gland Silk Fibers Extracted from Nephila clavipes Spiders 234
22 Initial Degradative Changes Found in Bombyx mori Silk Fibroin 252
23 Molecular Modeling Studies on Silk Peptides 270
24 Approaches to Modeling and Property Prediction of Model Peptides 283
25 Mechanism of Fiber Formation of Silkworm 292
26 Spinning of Protein Polymer Fibers 311
27 Elastomeric Network Models for the Frame and Viscid Silks from the Orb Web of the Spider Araneus diadematus 328
28 Formation and Properties of Silk Thin Films 342
29 Applications of Silk 353
Author Index 359
Affiliation Index 360
Subject Index 360
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