Scientists develop material that imitates insect exoskeletons

12/19/2011 | PlasticsToday.com

Researchers are working on polymer-based composites that can mimic the properties of insect exoskeletons, a development that could bring advances in medical and materials research. "This material configuration closely resembles the chemical composition and the laminar form of natural cuticle. We refer to this novel composite material as 'shrilk' because chitosan is commonly isolated from shrimp shells and fibroin comes from silk," said researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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