project . 2015 - 2017 . Closed

Computational Colloids: Engineered bacteria as computational agents in the design and manufacture of new materials and structures.

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: EP/N005791/1
  • Funded under: EPSRC Funder Contribution: 240,435 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    30 Sep 2015
    End Date
    30 Mar 2017
Description
This project investigates how Civil Engineering may be integrated with the emerging field of Synthetic Biology. Combining these fields has potentially transformative implications for both and may generate a new field of Engineering Design. Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resisting the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. ...
Description
This project investigates how Civil Engineering may be integrated with the emerging field of Synthetic Biology. Combining these fields has potentially transformative implications for both and may generate a new field of Engineering Design. Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resisting the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. ...
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