This thesis will explore the potential of a new biologically engineered system and its implementation to benefit our society and bionetworks. The technology is referred to as electrodeposition of minerals, which is a chemical reaction that mimics the shell formation process of marine organism. The strength and porosity of the precipitate, calcium carbonate, can be determined by the electrical parameters set forth during the growth procedure.
The objective is to produce reinforced architectural panels that are grown from natural minerals on an industrial scale. Through quantitative research, experiments, and interviews; this study will investigate how to maximize the growth process and how to design a closed loop production facility in Saint John. This new biological frontier will open up endless possibilities for future building materials and will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.