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Nanocomposite Yields Strong and Stretchy Fibers

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 19, 2007 -- Creating artificial substances that are both stretchy and strong has long been an elusive engineering goal. Inspired by spider silk, researchers have now devised a way to produce a material that begins to mimic this combination of strength and elasticity. Such materials, known as polymeric nanocomposites, could be used to strengthen and toughen packaging materials and develop tear-resistant fabrics or biomedical devices. Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Gareth McKinley, graduate student Shawna Liff and postdoctoral researcher Nitin Kumar worked at MIT's Institute for...Read full article

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