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Past Events

Cambridge Science Festival 2017 Natural Material Innovation Mar 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM Department of Chemistry, Cyber Cafe ,
Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning. We will have on-hand a microscope, images, videos and explanations of the tests, a small experiment showing building ventilation, and renderings of timber skyscrapers we have designed.
Festival of Plants May 14, 2016 10:10 AM Cambridge University Botanic Garden ,
Tim Hall Rwanda Urban Design & Architecture Lecture May 03, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

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A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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