Xiros biomaterials team aid research into novel spinning technique to produce silk fibroin using pressurized gyration

Members of the Xiros biomaterials team have contributed to research into a novel spinning technique that has produced silk fibroin using pressurized gyration for the first time.

The paper describes research carried out by scientists at UCL who have used a novel spinning technique known as pressurized gyration (PG) to produce fibres of silk fibroin – the first time this technique has been used with silk.

Xiros provided the degummed silk that was used in the study and the work complements our own work using conventional wet-spinning to produce silk fibres. The PG method produces finer fibres than conventional spinning which may be an advantage in some applications where silk can be used to produce a scaffold for tissue repair.

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