Low Voltage Electron Microscopy of Silk Fibers and Films

L F Drummy, D M Phillips, H Koerner, R A Vaia, B L Farmer, R R Naik
2005 Microscopy and Microanalysis  
We have investigated native Bombyx mori cocoon silk and regenerated thin films using a relatively new technique, low voltage transmission electron microscopy (LVTEM) [1], with the goal of improving understanding of silk processing-structure relationships. Using accelerating voltages of approximately 5 kV, the LVTEM generates extremely high contrast for small changes in sample density or thickness. We have also used various microscopy and diffraction techniques to characterize recombinant silk
more » ... recombinant silk elastin like protein (SELP). Fibers, thin films and foams of silk are of current interest for biomedical applications [2].
doi:10.1017/s1431927605505622 fatcat:dddljlieyzemzlhakbiriuuxcm