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A Review on Spider Silk Adhesion
Polymer Science Faculty Research
  • Ali Dhinojwala
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2011
Abstract

Spiders employ clever behavioral strategies combined with almost invisible custom-made adhesive silk fibers to spin prey capture webs. The adhesives used in these webs evolved over millions of years into a class of natural materials with outstanding properties. Here, we review how spiders use different adhesives to capture prey. We show how spiders take advantage of the elasticity of both the capture silk and the glue to enhance adhesive forces, thereby providing important insights in designing new synthetic adhesives.

Citation Information
Ali Dhinojwala. "A Review on Spider Silk Adhesion" Vol. 87 (2011) p. 595 - 614
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ali_dhinojwala/41/