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Melanin is a functional pigment present across all animal kingdoms that has manifold functionalities. In this project methods of melanin patterning across scales were developed to create biohybrid functional materials for applications in design and architecture.
A method of bacterial melanin production was developed that allows for the control of pigment expression through chemical and environmental stimuli. Pigment production was scaled-up in a fermenter.
A biomaterial capable of sustaining bacterial melanin production and that can be 3D printed into complex structures with high resolution was developed.
A perfomance driven paramtetric algorithm was developed to generate morphologies informed by environmental parameters.