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December 7th, 2009
...most intriguing, perhaps, is the work being done on "smart" paints that will someday protect our buildings and improve the quality of our air.
A preview of what they might do was given recently by Rachel Armstrong, who teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London
She said that "living materials," if used by architects, could make a significant contribution to the control of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
"We aim to program protocells to make carbonates from carbon dioxide, thus acting as a carbon sink," she said. "This would be the first step toward developing a ‘smart' surface coating (for buildings) that could extract carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the environment."
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