Last week, BUILDER ran a report from I4U NEWS on the use of artificial bone in the making of concrete. This week, our sibling publication ProSales takes a look at some of the other potential uses of this nascent technology.
Dr. Michelle Oyen of Cambridge University's Department of Engineering is trying to reduce the carbon emissions created from manufacturing concrete and steel by creating an alternate building material made of artificial bone and artificial eggshells, Cambridge University reports.
Both the artificial eggshells and bone are made from proteins and minerals, just like the real things. To make the material, "the mineral components are 'templated' directly onto collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the animal world," the university says. The process takes place at room temperature, so the carbon emissions from creating the artificial material are drastically less than the emissions produced from manufacturing concrete and steel which takes place at high temperatures. Though the material is being produced on a small scale now, Oyen and her team are confident that their manufacturing process could be used to create the building material in the future.