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The University of Bristol to lead regenerative material manufacturing

Friday January 12th, 2018

A seven-institution consortium, including the University of Bristol, has received £2.7 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (January 11th).Government Opportunities

The consortium will be running the three year-long Manufacturing Immortality Project, which will conduct the development of new, self-healing materials, incorporating both biological and non-biological parts.

The materials will be designed for use in inaccessible places, such as deep-sea cables and radioactive sites.

Subsequent to more research, it is expected the materials could be used for consumer goods as well, such as self-healing screens for mobile phones.

The consortium also includes experts from the University of Manchester, University of Aberdeen, Sheffield Hallam University, Cranfield University, Lancaster University, and Northumbria University.

Principal Investigator and Biochemist at the University of Bristol, Dr Paul Race said:
The aim of the Manufacturing Immortality consortium is to create new materials which have the ability to regenerate – or are very difficult to break – by combining bio and non-biological composites, such as bacteria with ceramics, glass and electronics.

This research has the potential to lead to some truly ground-breaking developments which could have a huge impact on our everyday lives – such as smartphone screens which have the ability to ‘self-heal’ if they are cracked or damaged.

Our ultimate ambition it that the outcomes of this project will significantly contribute to positioning the UK as a world leader in innovative manufacturing technologies.”

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