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Brief Published: 10 Dec 2010

Living Walls


New research from the University of Greenwich in the UK has revealed the possibility of carbon negative building materials that will not only help fight climate change but protect architectural structures.

Researchers are developing a coral-like material which is formed of Protocells – basic cells made of simple elements that can grow and multiply. The cells have the ability to capture carbon particles and create a hard armour which could be used to protect buildings.

The final product is still in development but its uses are already being discussed as a means to protect the architecture of the city of Venice by forming a coral infrastructure underneath the buildings to stop them from sinking or disintegrating.

Expectations are high for the new material, as researchers are confident that they can manipulate Protocells to capture and store water as well as use sunlight to produce biofuels.