Spider Silk Could be Used to Manufacture Biodegradable Microchips
Published October 16, 2012
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A silk fiber integrated into a photonic chip, connecting three disks that can hold light. Light is injected into one of the disks and propagates along the silk to the other two. (Image courtesy of Nolwenn Huby)
Silk is used by some insects and spiders to spin webs and cocoons, and now researchers have discovered a way to harness this supermaterial into electronic microchips. The silk is stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, yet incredibly malleable and flexible. However that’s not all it can do.
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