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Cambridge Science Festival 2017 Natural Material Innovation

last modified Mar 29, 2017 07:42 AM

Natural Material Innovation Group participated the Cambridge Science Festival 2017 on 18 March. We held our demonstration stalls in the department of Chemistry. 

We demonstrated our research theme "Cells to skyscrapers: the science and engineering of 21st Century timber": understanding how plants support themselves, polymer impregnation of timber, and timber structural engineering.

The event was a big success and our demonstrations and display were well received.


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