The sticky underwater silk of caddisflies

Russell J. Stewart, Nicolas N. Ashton, Ching Shuen Wang

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Caddisfly larva produce adhesive silk fibers used to build protective shelters underwater. The silk has been adapted to work underwater by natural selection from dry terrestial silk. As part of a larger effort in our lab, the chemistry and structure of caddisfly silks are being studied to guide efforts to create synthetic underwater adhesive fibers and fabrics, particularly for use in medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventFiber Society 2010 Fall Meeting and Technical Conference - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2010Oct 22 2010


ConferenceFiber Society 2010 Fall Meeting and Technical Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)


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