Bioinspired process makes materials that are light, robust and programmable at nano- to macro-scale

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (February 27, 2017) -- Researchers at Tufts University's School of Engineering have developed a new bioinspired technique that transforms silk protein into complex materials that are easily programmable at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales as well as ultralight and robust. Among the varied structures generated was a web of silk nano fibers  able to withstand a load 4,000 times its own weight. The research is published online in Nature Nanotechnology on February 27.