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Flavobacteria’s Structural Colour by new Caradt researcher Clarice Risseeuw

In February, Clarice Risseeuw joined the research group Biobased Art and Design and will be collaborating with Ward Groutars on the research project Coloured by Flavo.

Flavobacteria have great potential to become a sustainable alternative to the colouring industry. Risseeuw’s graduation project for the MSc. Integrated Product Design at the TUDelft contributed to its potential by characterizing, capturing and communicating its appearance. The project resulted in several insights on the temporal and iridescent appearance, a setup to capture the appearance and a tool to communicate the visual properties.

Communication about the properties of Flavobacteria is essential for the creative industry. Designers, artists and engineers require additional knowledge on how to design with these living organisms. The complex nature of its structural colour and its temporal properties need to be defined further and communicated better. Therefore Risseeuw will be continuing her research on Flavobacteria’s structural colour within the research group Biobased Art and Design. Firstly, Risseeuw will be working with Groutars on a research paper regarding the effect of environmental factors on Flavobacteria’s appearance. Afterwards, she will dive into capturing and communicating the iridescent properties.

Coloured by Flavo

This research is about artists, scientists and bacteria co-developing high-performance colour’ as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pigments and dyes.

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‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’

Clarice Risseeuw is a researcher within the Biobased Art and Design research group

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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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