Nina Jotanovic showcases work at SynbiTECH 2019 exhibition

02 July 2019

On 24-25th June 2019, PhD student, Nina Jotanovic, showcased her research project at Synbitech 2019, QEII Centre, London.

The exhibition displayed 17 selected projects to give a first taste of what the field of Biodesign will be able contribute - From sustainable pollination to grown fashion to personal diagnostics.

The exhibition is curated and organized by Open Cell, a 70 shipping container village in Shepherd’s Bush London, with offices, workshops and biology labs for early stage startups and designers. Open Cell offers a low cost environment for consumer-facing biotech prototyping and a community of like minded innovators to help prototype faster.

The title of her research project selected for the exhibition was 'Biogenic Architecture: Augmenting Materials through the Growth of Biomineralized Veneers'

The research project questions perceptual flatness of synthetic materials in comparison to extremely minuscule, but highly expressive and performative biogenic ‘veneers’. In contrast to current understanding of thin as flat, research investigates biogenic veneers whose microscopic bulk exhibits highly ordered three-dimensional structure, to which material owns its radiance and peculiar strength.

Bio-mineralization creates materials with exquisite perceptual and performative properties. Adopting these principals in the lab could shift our methods from synthesising to growing. Through implementation of protein induced silica precipitation and self-assembly of bacterial cellulose nanocrystals the project aims to produce such veneers at ambient conditions. 

Team:

Technical Support:

  • Jerome Meng | UCL Chemical Engineering, Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering
  • Brenda Parker | UCL Biochemical Engineering, Bio-integrated Design
Nina Jotanovic showcases work at SynbiTECH 2019 exhibition