North Dakota State University-Main Campus, $5,000

Spider silk is a naturally occurring organic polymer synthesis that allows the spider to create different microscale silks with different mechanical properties. Many industries rely on light-weight fibers and composites in the development of their products that each have different needs (waterproof, antimicrobial, heat-restraint, strength, and ductility). Spinthesis’ idea to imitate spider silk will create a versatile, sustainable and biodegradable material with great market potential.

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