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23rd November 2011 In collaboration with the University of Sheffield we have demonstrated that natural silks are a thousand times more efficient than common plastics when it comes to forming fibres. Paper and news item.

15th November 2011 Our Novel Marine Silk Paper is cover of Naturwissenshaften and featured on the BBC Website

31st October 2011 Chris Holland is visiting Westminster this week as part of the Royal Society Pairing Scheme

3rd August 2011 Oxford Silk Group team up with Oxford biologist Jonathan Kingdon to use our analytical skills and equipment to look at the posionous spines of the African crested rat, the first known mammal to use toxins from plants to protect itself. Featured in BBC Online, New Scientist, Der Spiegel, and many others. Email us for full list. Video on Youtube here

24th May 2011 The breakthrough work by DPhil student Tom Gheysens on reeling silk from previously impervious wild silks from around the world is highlighted in the New York Times, who also briefly interviewed Prof. Vollrath about the pioneering technique.

18th May 2011 DPhil student Tom Gheysens' new paper on reeling silk from previously impervious wild silks with the potential for opening up a larger silk industry around the world is highlighted in Science Daily magazine

4th April 2011 The Oxford Silk Group was featured on the ESRF website new feature 'Why is silk spun?' ESRF Light for Science channel 1st April watch clip here

8th March 2011 The Oxford Silk Group talk about silk in a New York Times science article

12th December 2010 The Silk Group's Bjoern Greving and spider silk are the stars of an extended segment of the German childrens' science & knowledge programme Kopfball ("Header") on German TV. You can watch the entire segment and read associated information in German or with text translated by Google translator (result may be unintentionally amusing)

11th October 2010 The Oxford Silk Group is featured on physicsworld.com, a website of the Institute of Physics - "Unravelling the secrets of silk production" article here

28th July 2010 Prof. Vollrath gives his opinion on artificail silks in the Guardian Newspaper here

1st July 2010 The Oxford Silk Group was featured on Teachers' TV 2010 'Inside Science - Materials: Spider Silk' Teachers TV, watch the entire episode here

30th March 2010 The Oxford Silk Group was featured on BBC 1 primetime science programme Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds. To watch find it on iPlayer here

29th September 2009 The Oxford Silk Group has been featured on BBC 1 primetime Science Programme Bang Goes The Theory. To watch an exerpt click here

26th March 2009 Orthox, a spin out company from the Oxford Silk Group has been featured in the Financial Times. This includes a mention of the recent £1.6m investment from the Wellcome Trust to continue development of a knee repair device here

23rd March 2009 We have just been awarded an EPSRC Next Generation Users Studentship to start October 2009. Details of this exciting 4 year Dphil and how to apply will be posted soon.

9th March 2009 Orthox, a spin out company from our group has been featured in The Engineer. Orthox has just received £1.6m in funding from the Wellcome Trust to make a silk protein-based knee implant.

27th January 2009 Oxford Silk Group welcomes 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres here and here

22nd January 2009 Chris Holland has been interviewed for BBC Radio 4's The Material World regarding the group's exciting work at ISIS. listen

11th November 2008 We have been featured for our work at ISIS on the BBC news website here

1st August 2008 Prof Zhengzhong Shao from Fudan University, Shanghai is visiting for joint research

15th May 2008 David Porter has just been made a visiting professor at the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield.

9th May Prof. Andrew Carr has been named director of a new Biomedical Research Unit at Oxford, a 3.75 million pound partnership between the National Health Service (NHS) and Oxford University. Here and here

22nd March 2008 Silk in Space! Our samples have been transferred by the NASA space shuttle Endeavour and successfully deployed on the ISS Columbus Modulus as part of the Material International Space Station Experiment (MISSE 6) and our collaboration with the AFOSR

29th February 2008 Fritz Vollrath and the OSG have been featured in the HiIlary Edition of Oxford Today, the alumni magasine for the university with a readership of over 150,000 here

8th February 2008 Chris Holland has been elected Fellow by Examination in Biology at Magdalen College, Oxford for 3 years from October 2008

13th December 2007 ' The role of kinetics of water and amide bonding in protein stability', by David Porter and Fritz Vollrath has just been published in Soft Matter on-line here

4th July 2007 Chris Holland has been awarded 1st place for best talk in the MPLS Graduate Student Prize Symposium

4th June 2007 We have been featured as Oxford Universitiy's news item of the day 'For spider-strength silk go back to basics' here

3rd May 2007 A Review "Nanoscale toughness of spider silk" by D.Porter and F. Vollrath will appear in the June edition of Nanotoday here

14th April 2007 The Oxford Silk group has been featured in this week's edition of Science News here

7th April 2007 The online presentation "From Plastics to Evolution" by Chris Holland is now available for viewing here

5th January 2007 The Oxford Silk Group wishes all its visitors a Happy New Year

10th October 2006 "Comparing the rheology of native..." Holland et al 2006 is now the Cover article for the November issue of Nature Materials

 

 

Press releases

'Researchers find the 'breaking point' of proteins' Oxford University 5th December here

'Malvern Rheometer In Continuing Sear For Perfect Silk' Malvern Instruments 7th June 2007 here

'For spider-strength silk go back ot basics' Oxford University 4th June 2007 here

'Malvern Rheometer Helps Oxford Scientists Unravel Secrets of Silk' Malvern Instruments 27th November 2006 here

'Spiders unspun silk flows easier the faster it is sheared' Oxford University 1st November 2006 here

 

TV

30th March 2010 The Oxford Silk Group is featured on BBC 1 primetime science programme Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds. To watch tune into BBC 1 at 9pm or preview here

2009 The Oxford Silk Group has been featured on BBC 1 primetime Science Programme Bang Goes The Theory. To watch an exerpt click here

2005 'Ahead of the game' Explorations Series 3 Episode 7: to watch go here navigate to 'watch a story' and then select episode.

Radio

2009 Chris Holland has been interviewed for BBC Radio 4's The Material World regarding the group's exciting work at ISIS. listen

2009 Science in Action: Using the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source to study silk: BBC World service, 6th February listen.

2009 The Material World: Using the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source to study silk: BBC Radio 4, 22nd January listen

Press

2009

Orthox, a spin out company from the Oxford Silk Group has been featured in the Financial Times. This includes a mention of the recent £1.6m investment from the Wellcome Trust to continue development of a knee repair device here

Orthox, a spin out company from our group has been featured in The Engineer. Orthox has just received £1.6m in funding from the Wellcome Trust to make a silk protein-based knee implant.

We have been featured for our work at ISIS on the BBC news website here

2008

Fritz Vollrath and the OSG have been featured in the HiIlary Edition of Oxford Today, the alumni magasine for the university with a readership of over 150,000 here

'Super-microscope opens at ISIS: Spider Study' BBC News Online, 11th November here

'Arachnids: making a silk purse out of a spider's web' Telegraph, 7th Ocotber here

'Weaving webs of wonder' Oxford Today, 29th February 2008 here

2007

'Malvern Rheometer In Continuing Search For Perfect Silk' laboratorynetwork.com 11th June 2007 here, Nanotechnology Now 7th June 2007 here, AZOM.com 7th June 2007 here

OSG has been featured as Oxford Universitiy's news item of the day 'For spider-strength silk go back to basics' here

'How to make Artificial Spider Silk' Softperida News Nano-Biotechnology 5th June 2007 here

'For spider-strength silk go back ot basics' Oxford University Website news highlight of the day 4th June 2007 here

'Taken for a spin' Science News: Vol 171 14th April 2007 here

'A Spider's Silky Strength' Sciencenewsforkids.org 28th March 2007 here

2006

'Malvern Rheometer Helps Oxford Scientists Unravel Secrets of Silk' ThomasNet Industrial Newsroom 27th November 2006 here

'Spiders unspun silk flows easier the faster it is sheared' Oxford University Website news highlight of the day 1st November 2006 here

'The Elephant in the mirror' NYT 31st October 2006 here

'Scientists Compare the Rheology of Native Spider and Silkworm Spinning Dope' AZOM.com 27th September 2006 here

'Tejidos Araña & Gusano S.A.' El Columbino (Spanish) here

2002

Der Herr der Spinnen. Speigel Wissen, 21st September 2002, here

2001

Spinning lessons, Gross M., Chemistry in Britain, October 2001, 34 - 35 here

 

1990

The mighty gossamer, Vollrath F., The world and I, September 1990, 316 - 319 here

 

1989

Aiming at gossamer armour, Concar D., The Times, 28th July 1989 here

A little glue makes the difference, Lipkin R., Insight, August 28th 1989, 54 - 55 here

Scientists unravel spider's web, Radford T., Guardian, 27th July 1989 here


Spiders stretch their webs beyond limits, Duthie D., New scientist, 19th August 1989, 29 here on-line

 

1988

Spiderman's secrets, Hardy F., Daily Mail, 9th September 1988, 7 here

 

 
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