In collaboration with the NSF-funded Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) and Queen’s University Belfast Energy Efficient Materials Research Center (EEM), this US-Ireland Centre-to-Centre partnership collaborates with several Irish and international industrial partners as part of The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership programme.
The research project, entitled “Multi-scale Investigation of Bio-Based Mineral Precipitation in Carbonate Bearing Granular Soils and Construction Related Waste” uses microbes and enzymes to enhance methods of bio-based mineral precipitation which can be used to cement granular soils, encapsulate problematic waste such as asbestos, and stabilise soil slopes in areas of high land-slide risk.
The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: the National Science Foundation of the United States of America, Science Foundation Ireland of the Republic of Ireland & the Department for the Environment of Northern Ireland. The overall goal of the Partnership is to increase the level of collaborative R&D amongst researchers and industry across the three jurisdictions. This collaboration aims to generate valuable discoveries and innovations which are transferable to the marketplace, or will lead to enhancements in health, disease prevention or healthcare.