10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
America/Halifax timezone
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Collagen fibril’s plastic damage: the rope and tube duality (I)

10 Jun 2018, 14:00
Dunn 101 (cap.82) (Dalhousie University)

Dunn 101 (cap.82)

Dalhousie University

Invited Speaker / Conférencier(ère) invité(e) Soft Matter Canada 2018 Soft Matter Canada 2018 | Matière molle Canada 2018


Laurent Kreplak (Dalhousie University)


Collagen is the protein building block of most mammalian tissues such as tendon, arteries, skin and bone. In its triple helical form, collagen assembles into fibrils with tensile properties comparable to the strongest man-made polymer materials. Structural characterization of collagen fibrils using X-ray scattering and electron microscopy led to a picture where long triple helices form a paracrystalline array with a distorted hexagonal radial packing, a slightly lower density of molecules in the fibril centre, and some moderate molecular tilt at the fibril surface. Here I will present some recent single collagen fibril mechanical testing experiments that highlight both their rope-like and tube-like nature. I will also discuss how this rope-tube duality may be modulated by intermolecular crosslinks.

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Laurent Kreplak (Dalhousie University)

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