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Investigating beta-sheet Nanocrystal Ordering and Correlation With Small-Angle X-ray Scattering

Abstract In disordered soft matter system, amorphous and crystalline components might be coexisted. The interaction between the two distinct structures and the correlation within the crystalline components are crucial to the macroscopic property of the such material. The spider dragline silk biopolymer, is one of such soft matter material that exhibits exceptional mechanical strength though its mass density is considerably small compare to structural metal. Through wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), the research community learned that the silk fiber is mainly composed of amorphous backbone and $\beta$-sheet nano-crystals. However, the morphology of the crystalline system within the fiber is still not clear. Therefore, a combination of small-angle X... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Mou, Qiushi (Author) / Yarger, Jeffery (Advisor) / Benmore, Chris (Committee member) / Holland, Gregory (Committee member) / Ros, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Physics / Materials Science / Biophysics / Soft matter / Stimulated annealing / X-ray scattering
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 103 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Physics 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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