Soon, scientists will create the perfect material for 3D printing.
Bionic leaf, the development of which are engaged in the Harvard Medical school consumes hydrogen and converts carbon dioxide into plastic, accumulates in their cells.
This innovative process is much more efficient photosynthesis and can be used to produce raw materials for industrial 3D printing. The process of turning carbon dioxide into something useful is due to the bacteria R. Eutropha.
“This bacteria can fill the cells in the polymer by 80%, says Shannon Nangle working in the lab of the Medical school. – It is not the ideal material for industrial processing, so we want to use technology metabolic changes to adjust the material properties of this polymer so that it can be used for 3D printing, injection molding and other industrial processing “.
Nang and her colleagues from the Silver Lab created a system of using solar energy to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, and then introduced it in the bacterium consumes hydrogen. The bacteria, in turn, takes from the air carbon dioxide and uses it to create molecules inside their cages.
This process resembles conventional photosynthesis, but much more efficient. Bionic letter is able to absorb 180 grams of carbon dioxide with 230 000 liters of air every kilowatt of energy that it consumes. In other words, he cleans 227 cubic meters of air CO2 using the amount of energy that goes for an hour. This year the research school of Harvard is going to build on the allocated means large, 5-liter reactor for the bacteria, according to Wbur.
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