In 2009 Technical Research Centre of Finland’s (VTT) cellulose expert Juha Salmela was researching nanocellulose, its rheology and paper production. He attended a conference in Oxford university and heard a presentation from a leading spider researcher, who explained the similarities between a spider web’s protein and nanocellulose.
That’s when an idea came to Juha: what if wood fibre could be spun into textile fibre? The professor immediately thought it was something Juha should look into and develop....
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