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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

Researcher Clarice Risseeuw, a member of Caradt’s Biobased Art and Design research group, has started a new project developing her previous Flavobacteria research. The project is funded by SIA.


Project summary:

Flavobacteria change their form, texture, and iridescent colours in response to diverse environmental factors such as humidity and temperature. Working with Flavobacteria, Hoekmine’s microbiologists envision biosensors as sustainable alternatives to electronic sensors. We can reduce our dependence on toxic or scarce materials by integrating these non-harmful bacteria as living sensors within the fabric of biobased and biodegradable flexible materials .
This biosensor development project is a collaboration between Avans, TU Delft, Hoekmine and Bio4Life, a company which specialises in biobased and biodegradable labels. The aim of the project is to design Living Circular Labels (LCLs) as a contribution to the development of a circular economy in which digital technology can merge with organic systems.


Photo credits ‘Flavo in a flexible habitat’: Ward Groutars

‘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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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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