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Wooden skyscrapers: how high-tech timber could change the way we live

Saturday 16 March: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Department of Chemistry, CyberCafe , Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW

Our research at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation focuses on the improvement and promotion of sustainable materials, primarily for construction. This starts at the molecular level, by understanding the biology and chemistry of wood, and continues through to new concepts of engineering and architectural design of ultra-tall timber buildings.

Our stand will feature architects and engineers showing concept designs for two 80-storey wooden skyscrapers in London and Chicago, alongside plant biologists and chemists who can explain the molecular architecture of wood and how it can be improved.
Hands-on activities such as our mechanical strength tester are fun to do, and our videos showing how resistant high-tech (cross-laminated) timbers are to fire
will be interesting to both children and adults alike.

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Age: All ages, Hands-on, Exhibition, Drop in, Free