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Building materials come alive with help from bacteria

Building materials come alive with help from bacteria
Living building materials can be sculpted into a range of shapes and sizes. Credit: CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings with help from some of the tiniest contractors out there.


In a study that will appear Jan. 15 in the journal Matter, engineer Wil Srubar and his colleagues describe their strategy for using bacteria to develop building materials that live and multiply—and might deliver a lower carbon footprint, to boot.

“We already use biological materials in our buildings, like wood, but those

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