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Carolina Perez Leon

Material Designer

London | UK

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Carolina Perez Leon is a multi-disciplinary designer whose work is principally focused on the topic of ‘How we will live in the future’. She applies a broad range of research and experimentation techniques across multiple fields to explore this theme holistically. Currently she is researching the potential of biomimetic methods for enabling the construction of regenerative systems. Her work is guided by an overall mission to help build a sustainable future for the planet and its inhabitants.

Biomimicking strength

Biomimicking strength

Biomimicking strength Making biomimetic methods more accessible by introducing home hacking techniques. You probably know that limpets live on rocks, but what you perhaps didn’t know is that the humble limpet’s tooth is the strongest biomaterial in the natural world. According to Professor Asa Barber, the strength of a limpet’s tooth is on average 4.9 GPa. This is like trying to break a single piece of spaghetti with 3,000 half-kilogram bags of sugar. 

For this project, I had hoped to engineer and grow a limpet’s tooth in the lab and develop a biomaterial that is both strong and biodegradable. However, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the associated lockdown, the project has taken a momentary detour to create a home-made version, exploring the same processes using the facilities found only in my kitchen and utilizing everyday materials, objects, and ingredients accessible to me in lockdown.

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