UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Spring into STEM| Learning from Nature to Manufacture Sustainable Materials | Virtual Lecture Series

31 March 2023, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Nature Inspired Solutions

Did you know we can engineer new materials to address global challenges in healthcare, renewable energy or the environment by learning from natural structures such as silk webs, seashells or bones? Join Dr Diego López Barreiro to explore how research in design, manufacturing, computation and biotechnology is facilitating the next generation of sustainable materials.

This event is free.

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All | UCL students






UCL Chemical Engineering – UCL Chemical Engineering

In this talk, we will discuss how to use structural protein biopolymers from Nature (e.g., elastin, collagen, silk) to manufacture advanced materials that display impressive strength, stimuli-responsiveness or elasticity. We will learn how to obtain structural polymers from natural sources and in bioreactors, and how to tailor the properties of materials derived from them with applications in fields like biomedicine, using both experimentation and computational simulations.

Presented by Dr Diego López Barreiro.

Format: 30 minutes talk; 30 minutes Q&A

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About the Speaker

Dr Diego López Barreiro

Lecturer in Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering at UCL Chemical Engineering

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