Use of Fungi as a Means of Producing Concrete-Like Construction Materials, Ph.D. | University of Dundee | Dundee, United Kingdom
36 months
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25305 GBP/year
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This proposed Use of Fungi as a Means of Producing Concrete-Like Construction Materials project at University of Dundee  is built on a depth of preliminary multidisciplinary experimentation between the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Life Sciences, involving academics whose research overlaps each other’s field of expertise, and who have a track record of collaboration 

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Overview

Context of Use of Fungi as a Means of Producing Concrete-Like Construction Materials project at University of Dundee

Very recently, the possibility of utilising a different group of organisms – fungi – in self-healing concrete has been identified.

Calcite-precipitating fungi have several advantages over bacteria for this role. Firstly, their filamentous, explorative growth forms have a high surface-to-volume ratio, providing an effective matrix for rapid precipitation. Secondly, they are able to produce calcite through two mechanisms: biomineralization (similarly to bacteria, but at higher efficiency), but also through organo-mineralization (by chitin at cell walls reducing the activation energy of calcite nuclei formation), again permitting faster calcite production. 

Thirdly, fungi - being organisms commonly encountered in otherwise abiotic environments, such as within rocks - are suited to reside inside concrete.

Programme Structure

  • The approach adopted will be to initially examine feasibility on small volumes of material to maximise the variables explored. These will include fungal strains (some efficient calcite-forming species are already possessed), ambient conditions, and nutrient/raw material composition and supply. 
  • Evaluation of performance of the fungi will be conducted using both mineralogical analyses, characterisation of porosity and strength measurements. 
  • The study will also use life-cycle analysis to ensure that any bio-fabrication routes identified are genuinely more sustainable compared with conventional methods.

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Duration

  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
87

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
87

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

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    25305 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25305 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4825 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4825 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 GBP /month
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