Comfort is a bacteria chair

Fisher, Richard
February 2005
Engineer (00137758);2/25/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7669, p11
This article reports that researcher have found a way to make wood-composites from sewage wastewater, creating a recycled material that could be used in building structures or even furniture. The team has found a way to prompt the bacteria to grow small granules of plastic within the cell mass, a substance that can then be mixed with natural fibres like straw, wood or hemp to create a wood-composite. The team plans to achieve full-scale operation in a wastewater plant within two years using National Science Foundation funding, in partnership with wood-composites company Strandex Cop. and sustainable engineering firm Ecologic.


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