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This process creates structural color for paints and coatings based on the modification of bacteria. Flavobacterium, a type of bacteria, produces vibrant colors as it packs together in colonies. This color is not made from pigments, but rather the bacteria’s inherent structure that reflects light at different wavelengths. Due to the nature of the innovation, this technique has yet to be achieved on a larger volume scale. The company is open to discussions about the scaling up and licensing of the process.
Thin masonry biocement™ tiles that are grown in ambient temperatures using a zero-carbon emissions process for exterior and interior use in building projects. These tiles are made of 85% pre-consumer recycled natural aggregates and 15% calcium carbonate and are formed by vibratory compaction in a semi-dry mix, reaching their full strength in less than three days. The proprietary technology reduces CO2 emissions by using non-pathogenic microorganisms to grow structural biocement™ building materials—no curing or kiln firing required. The biocement™ material is a biologically-derived, carbon-neutral alternative to cement. It can contribute to LEED credits. Applications are for vertical facing assemblies, installed on a support wall with adhesive systems; use in horizontal conditions on a custom basis for both exterior and interior use.
A mineral grown over a base material – usually metal – for decorative uses and shape manipulation. The artist uses alum (hydrated double sulfate salt of aluminum) as the mineral to form “grown” materials. By harnessing its aesthetic, and natural inclination to grow on surfaces, it can be used to create an effect of ‘overgrowth’ to change the shape of objects, preserve them as ‘man-made’ fossils, and even strengthen them, creating a new natural design tool through materialization. The color can change from white to yellowish depending on the base materials. Due to the nature of the innovation, this technique has yet to be achieved on a larger volume scale. The company is open to discussions about the scaling up and licensing of the process.