The man-made leaf

2014-12-07 15:52

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Silkleaf is the first man-made biological leaf. It acts like a natural leaf: using photosynthesis to absorb CO2 and light, and converting it into oxygen.

The invention is made from the silk spun by your everyday silkworm. It’s a material with amazing properties, including its ability to stabilise organic materials inside its own matrix.

The inventor, Julian Melchiorri, envisages Silkleaf being used on the façades of skyscrapers or inside ventilation systems to bolster oxygen supplies in the building.

It could also be used during space exploration and in architecture.

The problem of how to provide oxygen on long space journeys is one of many when it comes to travelling through our solar system.

Silkleaf might just be the thing to overcome that barrier. The possibilities are endless.

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