Paul Dupree is part of a unique collaboration between several departments, led by the Department of Architecture, that has won £1.75 million from the Leverhulme Trust. The funding over the next five years will enable exploration and development of the potential for natural materials in the built environment.
By bringing together people and research in biochemistry, chemistry, fluid dynamics, engineering and architecture in a ground-breaking manner, researchers hope to fundamentally transform the way we build, with positive impact on the built and natural environments. The proposed work fuses research in biochemistry and polymer chemistry at the molecular scale with applied research, modelling and testing of structural and environmental materials at the scale of buildings.
A significant goal will be to ensure new materials are less energy intensive and more sustainable than those they replace.