• Bio-producing bacterial cellulose filaments through co-designing with biological characteristics

Morrow, Roberta, Ribul, Miriam, Eastmond, Heather, Lanot, Alexandra and Baurley, Sharon, 2023, Journal Article, Bio-producing bacterial cellulose filaments through co-designing with biological characteristics Materials, 14 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1614-4893

Abstract or Description:

The need for circular textiles has led to an interest in the production of biologically derived materials, generating new research into the bioproduction of textiles through design and interdisciplinary approaches. Bacterial cellulose has been produced directly from fermentation into sheets but not yet investigated in terms of producing filaments directly from fermentation. This leaves a wealth of material qualities unexplored. Further, by growing the material directly into filaments, production such as wet spinning are made redundant, thus reducing textile manufacturing steps. The aim of this study was to grow the bio-material, namely bacterial cellulose directly into a filament. This was achieved using a method of co-designing with the characteristics of biological materials. The method combines approaches of material-driven textile design and human-centred co-design to investigate co-designing with the characteristics of living materials for biological material production. The project is part of a wider exploration of bio-manufacturing textiles from waste. The practice-based approach brought together biological sciences and material design through a series of iterative experiments. This, in turn, resulted in designing with the inherent characteristics of bacterial cellulose, and by doing so filaments were designed to be fabricated directly from fermentation. In this investigation, creative exploration was encouraged within a biological laboratory space, showing how interdisciplinary collaboration can offer innovative alternative bioproduction routes for textile filament production.

Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/16/14/4893
Subjects: Other > Biological Sciences > C100 Biology
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
School or Centre: Research Centres > Material Science Research Centre
Funders: This research was funded by Super Follow-on funding funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) (grant number BB/T017023/1)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ma16144893
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 16:08
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 16:11
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5481
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