What happens when I add acid to silk?

Something really cool happens when you add a small droplet of acid to a silk solution. Here, I’ve added a drop of acid out of the frame (to the bottom-right). As the acid diffuses into the frame, confocal reflectance microscopy shows how the proteins aggregate into really big structures!

Look out for a publication that describes this in detail (hopefully) shortly.

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