The SynBIM project aims to create transformative knowledge and toolsets needed to enable larger-scale manufacturing of tunable nanomaterials using an eco-friendly “green” Synthetic Biology (SynBio) approach.
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.
Our project aims to establish scale-up principles and focuses on the following 3 themes
Theme 1: Understanding Particle formation pathways
Theme 2: Product Design
Theme 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.