Nature Inspired.
Rationally Designed.

Working at the interface of materials science and biotechnology, we employ modern manufacturing techniques to produce biomimetic hybrid materials (bio-hybrids) through scalable processes.

Despite facing huge constraints, the natural world produces some incredible materials. Our philosophy is to combine the best that nature has to offer with modern manufacturing techniques to produce advanced materials through green, sustainable, and scalable processes.

We specialise in biopolymer-inorganic hybrid materials, taking inspiration from natural materials such as ivory, pearl and tooth enamel.

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Product focus: Deakin Captured Carbon Tiles

Ordinary ceramic tiles need to be fired at over 1000 °C for many hours, giving them a large carbon footprint. By combining captured carbon in the form of carbonate minerals with plant-derived biopolymers, we've developed a relatively a low-carbon alternative.

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Product focus: Deakin Bio-concrete

Cement and concrete have a huge carbon footprint owing to high-temperature processing (1400 °C) and CO2 released from thermo-chemical reactions. By combining ordinary sand/dirt with biopolymers through a low-energy processing step, we've created a relatively green alternative. The materials are over 95% sand/dirt by mass, making them "dirt cheap", by definition.

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