Columbia scientists develop artificial fiber based on moth cocoons

A group of researchers from Columbia University have discovered a type of organic fiber that surpasses the kind produced by silkworms. Through studying the cocoons of Madagascar comet moths, the team of scientists have developed a technique to create artificial fiber that shares the moths’ vibrance and sunlight blocking properties. The resulting fabric is ideal for blocking sunlight and absorbing ultraviolet light that would be perfect for lightweight, cool summer clothing.

The Colombia team is working with researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Harvard University, and University of Washington to improve their technique and increase output. Their collaboration uses NYSERNet’s R&E network to exchange data.