BioMateriOME: to understand microbe-material interactions within sustainable, living architectures

Delgado Corrales, Beatriz, Kaiser, Romy, Nerlich, Paula, Agraviador, Armand and Sherry, Angela (2022) BioMateriOME: to understand microbe-material interactions within sustainable, living architectures. In: Advances in Applied Microbiology. Advances in Applied Microbiology (122). Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (In Press)

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BioMateriOME evolved from a prototyping process which was informed from discussions between a team of designers, architects and microbiologists, when considering constructing with biomaterials or human cohabitation with novel living materials in the built environment. The prototype has two elements i) BioMateriOME-Public (BMP), an interactive public materials library, and ii) BioMateriOME-eXperimental (BMX), a replicated materials library for rigorous microbiome experimentation. The prototype was installed into the OME, a unique experimental living house, in order to 1) gain insights into society’s perceptions of living materials, and 2) perform a comparative analysis of indoor surface microbiome development on novel biomaterials in contrast to conventional indoor surfaces, respectively. This review summarises the BioMateriOME prototype and its use as a tool in combining microbiology, design, architecture and social science. The use of microbiology and biological components in the fabrication of biomaterials is provided, together with an appreciation of the microbial communities common to conventional indoor surfaces, and how these communities may change in response to the implementation of living materials in our homes. Societal perceptions of microbiomes and biomaterials, are considered within the framework of healthy architecture. Finally, features of architectural design with microbes in mind are introduced, with the possibility of codifying microbial surveillance into design and construction benchmarks, standards and regulations towards healthier buildings and their occupants.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This research is part of a series of prototypes developed in the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE). HBBE is funded by Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) scheme and is a joint initiative between Northumbria University and Newcastle University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Surface microbiomes, built environment, materials library, biomaterials, healthy architectures, material futures, health & wellbeing
Subjects: C500 Microbiology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 13:13
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 15:30

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