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Paper: Design and modelling of an engineered bacteria- based, pressure-sensitive soil

20 Aug , 2018  

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We have published our paper on the design and modelling of an engineered bacteria-based, pressure-sensitive soil in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, July issue.   The abstracts as follows:   In this paper, we describe the first steps in the design of a synthetic biological system based on the use of genetically modified bacteria to detect elevated […]

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 […]

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Javier Rodriguez Corral receives best paper at ICGRE’18 conference in Budapest

24 May , 2018  

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We are pleased to announce that Javier Rodriguez Corral won the best paper award at the 3rd International Conference on Geotechnical Research and Engineering (ICGRE’18) in Budapest last month. The conference aim was to become the leading annual conference in fields related to geotechnical engineering, with over 120 papers presented. The conference paper: Agarose Gel as a Soil Analogue for Novel Ground […]

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MBC Documentary Features the Thinking Soils Project

9 Jan , 2018   Video

A documentary on the problems and potentials of bacteria and bacteria based technologies was broadcast in South Korea in December 2017. The documentary featured and interview with Martyn Dade-Robertson and clips of Luis Hernan and Javier Rodriguez Corral working in our new BioDesign Lab at Newcastle University. The video posted here is a clip from the documentary.   […]

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Bacillla Vitruvius, Computational Colloids, Thinking Soils

Bio Design Lab is now up and running

15 Nov , 2017  

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We have finally moved in to our new Bio Design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University. So far our work has been spread across Labs at the Centre of Bacteria Cell Biology (at Newcastle University), Northumbria University and Civil Engineering as well as the workshops in Architecture at Newcastle University.  The lab has been […]

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Thinking Soils Presented at UC Berkeley and NASA Ames

10 Nov , 2017  

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Martyn Dade-Robertson kicked off the new Thinking Soils project with a public lecture at UC Berkeley (Wednesday 18th October 2017) and NASA Ames (Thursday 19th 2017). The US Berkeley Lecture can be seen here.

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Thinking Soils: New PhD studentship Available

9 Sep , 2017   Video

We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in a pioneering new EPSRC funded project: “Thinking Soils”. We are looking for highly motivated and talented Design Lead Researcher to join the team and take a leading role in a new field of Bio-Design by exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical […]

Computational Colloids, Press

Future buildings could grow their own foundations

6 Dec , 2016  

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Reuters have produce a short video featuring out Computational Colloids project: Researchers at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria want to render traditional building foundations obsolete. They’re working on engineering individual cells that react to changes in the environment and strengthen the soil around them, potentially making concrete-filled trenches unnecessary. Jim Drury reports. Full video […]

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Experimental Architecture Studio 2016: Bacteria Hygromophs

23 Nov , 2016   Video

Some amazing work from this years 3rd Year Architecture Students. This year they developed prototype actuated building skin components based on a hygromorphic material using bacteria spores. The work was presented on Monday 21st November. The results were astounding – as evidenced by the quality of the video above.

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Introducing: Bacilla Spore Actuators

5 Dec , 2015   Video

Ten undergraduate Architecture students, a level 2 containment lab, the most expensive cellophane money can buy and pipettes full of bacteria spores. What could go wrong? We kicked off the Bacilla Spore Actuator project with a 3rd Year Architecture studio as part of our Experimental Architecture theme. The students worked on designs for a facade panel […]