Sustainable alternatives to concrete and ceramics

by Aled Deakin Roberts in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Sustainable alternatives to concrete and ceramics
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On 21st April 2021 we successfully raised £1,328 with 51 supporters in 56 days

We're developing green, sustainable alternatives to cement and concrete using plant-derived materials and other natural substances.

by Aled Deakin Roberts in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

I will invest in equipment that will allow me to produce larger samples. It will also help me fund my next research project: developing synthetic bone.

I'm Aled Deakin Roberts, I'm a scientist/inventor who specialises in developing bio-hybrid materials similar to sea shells, horn and bone.

I'm trying to develop sustainable alternatives to cement, concrete and other ceramics - which have a huge environmental footprint. Cement alone accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions.

I've recently had some success with this, having developed a plant-derived alternative to cement (see below). There's still a long way to go in terms of development and optimisation, but initial results are promising.


Another material I've recently developed is a sea-shell mimicking bio-hybrid material (see below). Over 40% of its mass is carbon dioxide, locked away in carbonate form, meaning it could be a good candidate for carbon capture and utilisation. It's hard and shiny like a ceramic tile - but unlike a conventional ceramic material it doesn't require high-temperature, energy-intensive processing.


This work is currently 100% self-funded and I operate from my cellar. I'd like to expand but funding is my main constraint - please support my research by purchasing a prototype!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£9 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Prototype Deakin Bio-concrete Sample

You'll receive a prototype bio-concrete sample in the form of a disk (13 mm diameter, 3 mm thickness). The binder is made from plant-based biopolymers and other naturally occurring substances. Does not contain animal products (vegan friendly).

£12 or more

9 of 50 claimed

Prototype Deakin Bio-shell Sample

You'll receive a prototype bio-shell sample in the form of a disk (13 mm diameter, 3 mm thickness). Over 40% of it's mass is CO2 in the form of carbonate minerals. Note, the material contains some animal-derived products (not vegan).

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