Bacteria are able to generate a complex array of advanced materials, including cements and grouts for civil and construction engineering. This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties.
In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance. This project is suitable for those with backgrounds in any of the following areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry. This project will be based in the state-of-the-art Environmental laboratories in the Deapartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering.