Synthetic biology for fibres, adhesives and active camouflage materials in protection and aerospace

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • External authors:
  • Aled Roberts
  • William Finnigan
  • Emmanuel Wolde-Michael
  • Paul Kelly


Synthetic biology has huge potential to produce the next generation of advanced materials by accessing previously unreachable (bio)chemical space. In this prospective review, we take a snapshot of current activity in this rapidly developing area, focussing on prominent examples for high-performance applications such as those required for protective materials and the aerospace sector. The continued growth of this emerging field will be facilitated by the convergence of expertise from a range of diverse disciplines, including molecular biology, polymer chemistry, materials science and process engineering. This review highlights the most significant recent advances and address the cross-disciplinary challenges currently being faced.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
JournalMRS Communications
Early online date24 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Related information