The First Man-Made Biological Leaf

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space from Dezeen on Vimeo.

As science and technology continue to jump ahead we are continuously presented with new exciting developments. This man-made biological leaf is one that caught our attention. It was developed by RCA graduate, Julian Melchiorri who says the synthetic biological leaf he developed absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant and could enable long-distance space travel.

Silk Leaf lamps by Julian Melchiorri

Silk Leaf lamps by Julian Melchiorri

[Above Image] “Silk Leaf is the first man-made biological leaf,” he claims. “It’s very light, low energy-consuming, it’s completely biological.”

Visualisation of a photosynthetic facade by Julian Melchiorri

Visualisation of a photosynthetic facade by Julian Melchiorri

[Above Image] “My idea was to use the efficiency of nature in a man-made environment,” he explained. “I created some lighting out of this material, using the light to illuminate the house but at the same time to create oxygen for us.”

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