Arora compared the protein with a spider’s web and stated that when mixed with chitin, it produces a flexible yet strong fabric.
“I’m driven by wanting to help — whether it’s people, the environment or animals. It was amazing after months of research that I found a plastic that was suitable,” she said.
This research won her the Innovator to Market Award in the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, a partnership between the BHP Billiton Foundation, CSIRO and the Australian Science Teachers Association.
She will represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pennsylvania (13–18, May).
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