Challenges in the area of sustainable construction with microbially induced carbonate precipitation

Mengmeng Li, Varenyam Achal

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Abstract

There is urgent need to develop sustainable concrete for environmental reasons. Recent advances in biotechnology and biomimicry showed the potential of emulating nature’s way of building to create cementing materials the way nature does with microbes. Biomineralization is one of such processes under which Microbially Induced Carbonate Precipitation (MICP) is attracting increasing attention as a sustainable technology in the construction. This technology is being used to enhance the durability of the cementitious materials. However, there are various challenges associated with MICP, especially to use it in the field applications, making this technology still not acceptable at wide scale. Acceptability of microbes in the construction and associated cost of the technology are prime factors to outshine MICP technology despite of remarkable success in sustainable construction. This paper discusses all such challenges coming in the way to apply MICP in sustainable construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanics of Structures and Materials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016
EditorsHong Hao, Chunwei Zhang
PublisherCRC Press/Balkem
Pages1875-1880
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138029934
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM 2016 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016

Conference

Conference24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM 2016
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period6/12/169/12/16

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