Showcasing the amazing surface properties of plants and the novel materials they can inspire.
Plants have Superpowers!
Some plants have the ability to repel water or pests off their leaf surfaces, while others attract pollinating insects to their flowers using colours invisible to us. Its all about the microscopic surface patterns on plant leaves and flowers.
What can we learn from these plants? An innovative training network made up of researchers from across Europe, called PlaMatSu, aims to answer this question by using nature as inspiration for the development of novel materials that could revolutionise industry and our own lives.
CUBG has been working with 9 PhD students part of the PlaMatSu project to share their research with our visitors and followers. You can watch a video about the project below.
From 5 September 2020 we are proud to be showcasing these ideas and the research coming out of PlaMatSu in our newly built exhibition space in the Garden. Come and visit us to learn more.
You can book a ticket to visit the Garden here.
If you are feeling inspired you can also learn about how to create your own iridescent scratch-art flower using your old CD’s or DVD’s . The PlaMatSu exhibition is decorated with many of these.
There is also a fascinating trail around the Garden highlighting the plants linked to the exhibition, copies of which you can pick up at the exhibition or at the gates or find online here.
PlaMatSu is a four-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) on Plant-inspired Materials and Surfaces. It is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde (UK), the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK).
To learn more about PlaMatSu, visit their website.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
Call (part) identifier H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
Project number: 722842 PlaMatSu