%0 Conference Paper %B Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2006. MEMS 2006 Istanbul. 19th IEEE International Conference on %D 2006 %T Spider Silk as a New Biomaterial for Mems %A Bai, J %A Saheb-Djawaher, R %A Ma, T %A Chu, W %A Wang, R %A Silva, L %A Michal, C %A Chiao, J -C %A Chiao, M %P 226--229 %X In this work, spider drag-line silk is introduced for the first time as a new biomaterial for Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS). The tasks accomplished were focused on material characterization of regenerated spider silk under two conditions: (1) spin-coated thin film formed onto a silicon substrate; (2) formation of a free-standing microbridge (800 {$\times$} 800 {$\times$} 150 \&{\#}956;m$^{3}$) obtained by a surface micromachining process with sacrificial etching. Preliminary micro mechanical testing showed the spider silk microstructure having an elastic modulus of 7.251 GPa, an ultimate tensile strength of 21.15 MPa and a loss tangent of 0.044. %9 inproceedings %@ 1084-6999