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27-04-2012 | Image (silk worm) © Vollrath/OxfordSilkGroup, Portrait copyright © F Vollrath

New polymers – as strong as silk

People have been producing and using silk for more than 5 000 years, but now – thanks to an ERC Advanced Grant – Professor Fritz Vollrath is increasing our understanding of this material. His research could help to improve existing industrial polymers and develop new silk industries, adapted to the local conditions and resources in Asia, Africa and South America.