Coloured water droplets onto hemp shiv. Courtesy of TWI Ltd.
NSIRC PhD student, Marion Bourebrab, presented ISOBIO’s latest results during the Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference in Rome, Italy, in October 2017, during which she received the ‘Environmental Science: Nano’ best talk prize. She was then invited by the conference scientific committee to publish her paper in a special issue of the journal Materials.
In her first paper, Marion describes how she developed, under the ISOBIO project, a silica particles-based treatment applied on hemp shiv. The uniformly covered bio-aggregates could then repel liquid water and retained their hydrophobic property in a humid environment.
“What if bio-materials were the blast from the past in the construction sector?” asks Marion. “With attractive properties, especially for insulation, they are good candidates to replace conventional solutions (mineral wool, for instance). The issue, however, with using those bio-materials is their inherent tendency to water uptake, leading to biodegradation, and fire risk.”
“But, what if there were a solution to prevent this from happening? The ISOBIO project aims to address this, and develop new bio-based insulation panels to create more energy efficient buildings.”
Link to Paper > http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/11/1/4
ISOBIO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 636835.
In 2015, Marion graduated with an MSc in Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences from the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux, France. After undertaking a 6-month internship at TWI in the Specialist Materials and Joining section in 2015, she started her PhD in the same team, now named Functional Coatings and Resins. Based at NSIRC and affiliated with the University of Edinburgh, Marion has won several awards, including the Armourers and Brasiers’ ‘Best 1st Year NSIRC PhD Student’ in May 2016 for her work, and 1st prize for her oral presentation ‘Tailoring Silica Particles Size with Stöber Process’ at the NSIRC 2017 Annual Conference.
Marion’s successful publication is another example of what is being achieved by NSIRC PhD students on a global stage.
Thanks to the importance of a positive collaboration between the students and their academic and industry supervisors, the research produced is both academically significant and has real world applications.
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Research Paper > www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/11/1/4
ISOBIO website > www.isobioproject.com
Marion Bourebrab > www.linkedin.com/in/marion-bourebrab/
NSIRC PhD student Marion Bourebrab, and Associate Director of Programmes at Lloyd's Register Foundation Jan Przydatek