Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Conference, Prize, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Bacterial Choreography awarded Macromolecular Bioscience Best Poster at BIOMIN XV

3 Oct , 2019  

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Thora Arnardottir was the receiver of the Macromolecular Bioscience Best Poster Prize, awarded by Macromolecular Journal, where she attended and presented a poster of her PhD work at BIOMIN XV 15th International Symposium on Biomineralization, Munich, Germany. Her work focuses on a process-oriented approach to biologically induced materials and advanced fabrication practices with bacterial sculpting.   Project abstract: This research explores […]

Bacterial Cellulose, Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Conference, Myco-fabrication, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Biodesign projects presented at Designer Biology

5 Aug , 2019  

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Last week we saw a plethora of exciting projects from young and established scientists working in the field of bioengineering/synthetic biology at the Designer Biology conference. This was a joint conference organised by The European Federation of Biotechnology Polymer Biotechnology Section and the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section, hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Group in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University […]

Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

SEM & EDS analysis of calcite formations in hydrogels

1 Jul , 2019  

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Hydrogels can be used as soil analogues to study bacteria growth and MICP in-situ in a more confined and easily accessible environment. In this study of microbial induced calcium carbonate crystal growth in agarose hydrogels, Beate has been investigating the influence of variation in the cementation media on micro-scale calcite growth and distribution. EDS X-ray […]

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Computational Colloids, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Visualisation of MICP in agarose hydrogel

5 Mar , 2019  

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Following on from Javier’s work on the application of agarose gel as a soil analogue, his project introduced a novel application in which agarose gels can be used for the development of early-stage demonstrators, by allowing an easier monitoring and greater control over the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the environment. Thus allowing testing […]

Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Testing glass cementation vessel

15 Jan , 2019   Video

A video preview of glass work produced for the project Thinking Soils of the liquid run-through in preparation for the biocementation process and testing as part of an ongoing PhD research development. 

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Computational Colloids, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

The bio design lab in action

21 Jun , 2018  

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    Our team hard at work in our bio design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University in our new Thinking Soils lab coats. After some time setting up we have a few projects that are already making use of the facilities. Here, Beate and Thora have been cultivating and experimenting with a biomineralising bacteria and […]