Carolina Perez Leon’s project Bio-mimicking strength was born out of a desire to explore how to translate nature's hidden technologies into practical and sustainable design technologies specifically with regard to high strength naturally occurring materials.




The production of a sample test was originally intended to be performed from the laboratories at Imperial College London. However, due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 lockdown, Carolina adapted the original protocol of the experiment by seeking to replication the limpet's material production methods using only components available in her home environment, transforming her desk into a workshop and her kitchen into a bio-lab to make the strongest biomaterial in the world.




The Limpet, makes its teeth out of chitin and goethite, yet by coaxing this material into walls of staggered, nanoscale bricks through a subtle play of proteins, it creates a tool tougher than spiders silk or man-made materials such as Kevlar, to put the strength of this material in context Professor Asa Barber of the University of Portsmouth UK, compares it as a single spaghetti strand holding 3,000 half-kilogram bags of sugar, with a tensile strength of 5GPa.






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