Living Technology (LIAR) - New European Project started!

Living Architecture (LIAR) is a modular bioreactor-wall, which is based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes. LIAR is conceived as a next-generation selectively-programmable bioreactor and integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from waste water and air, generation of oxygen and production of proteins and fiber by manipulating consortia performance. Its operational principles are grounded in distributed sensing, decentralized autonomous information processing, high-degree of fault-tolerance and distributed actuation and reconfiguration. Applications within urban systems are examined as a form of customizable micro-agriculture for installation in domestic, public (schools, hospitals) and office environments. Such a system has far reaching impacts on the building performance (resilience, resource recycling) manufacturing and design with ecosystems.

The project establishes:

• Foundational concepts through which ‘designed’ metabolisms can computationally process, recycle, remediate and synthesize valuable compounds from waste water.

• Transferable principles by which synthetic ecosystems can shape the environmental performance of our living spaces to increase our health, productivity and ecosystems impact.

• New standards for synthetic ‘ecosystems’ through consortia design, engineering and optimization.

Droplet video contest

Droplets 2015 conference (6-8 October 2015) at University of Twente (The Netherlands) hosted a video contest. Jitka Cejkova with Martin M. Hanczyc submitted this cool movie about chemotactic and shape changing decanol droplets. Jitka presented also her Evobliss work titled“Experimental study of decanol droplets behavior in the presence of decanoate and salt”.

UNITN-Trento iGEM

Martin is an instructor in the project UNITN-Trento iGEM. UNITN-Trento iGEM team 2015 has a wonderful idea to change the way people think about Microbial Fuel Cells. We attempted to improve the MFC platform by exploiting the power of the sun and the versatility of E. coli, so we added new interesting features to build a “Solar pMFC”.
Check out the UNITN-Trento iGEM web!

Summer high school students in our lab

From Monday 6th of July our lab hosted three high school students for two weeks. It was our pleasure to show them how lab research is conducted.  Dennis Targa is a student in Istituto Tecnico e Tecnologico Buonarroti, Massimiliano is from Istituto Marie Curie, Pergine and Simone Ferrari is from Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci.