SynBio-Inspired Nanomaterials Manufacturing
Project In Brief
Current nanomaterials manufacturing is significantly wasteful (energy and solvent intensive), while Nature produces a wide range of sophisticated nanomaterials (biomineralisation) under ambient conditions.
By harnessing biomineralisation principles, we have developed a SynBio approach to synthesise nanomaterials with almost no waste. However, to date, only lab-scale production (mg quantities) of nanomaterials using SynBio has been possible.
1: Understanding particle formation pathways
2: Product design
3: Scale-up and manufacturing
This project has the potential to unlock major new opportunities in nanomaterials manufacturing and nanomaterials-based products – a market worth multibillion dollars annually.
See also: Research Detail
News & Events
Bridging the gap between bio-inspired nanomaterial chemistry and sustainable manufacture - Date TBC
The SynBIM Symposium will be held in late 2019 / early 2020. Further details will be announced shortly. The event will include showcase and workshop sessions. The showcase, with include contributions from both within and beyond the project, reporting on recent progress made and exploring the wider vision. The workshop will look to the future and explore opportunities for new directions and collaboration. There will be an accompanying poster session and informal networking.
Pint of Science - Naturally Nano - 20th May, Sheffield
'Nature builds the living world around us with atomic precision using proteins. I will discuss if we can harness and use this ability for us to design and build nanomaterials for our medical and nanotechnology needs' (Speaker: Sara Staniland)
Pint of Science is a science festival that aims to communicate contemporary scientific developments to the public in an interesting, engaging and approachable way by bringing scientists to the pub and other accessible places.
Pint of Science, Sheffield (20-22 May, 2019) Naturally Nano is part of the set It’s not how big, it’s what you do with it (Mon 20th May, 2019). Info & Tickets