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In 2016, Xylotrade introduced a Smart Responsive Microbial Coating (SRMC) based on the naturally occurring fungus, Aureobasidium. Wood which is first impregnated with linseed oil and subsequently treated with SRMC is protected for decades. There are also indications (and publications) that a biologically active coating such as this could, among other functions, attach to damaging particles in the air (dust, VOC’s) potentially as a partial source of nutrition. More than 30 construction projects have been realised using wood treated with SRMC.

Until recently, the application of SRMC on wood has demanded a great deal of patience from the client, the delivery time for which can be up to several months due to SRMC’s reaction to temperature and UV-radiation. In direct sunlight (natural UV-radiation) the SRMC can bind to the within a few hours to a few days, however changeable weather and a limited amount of space creates longer treatment times. The degree to which SRMC binds to the wood has a great impact on the functionality and durability of the wood.
If the binding process is not well implemented, the biological coating can be washed away by rain or snow, changing the surface colour, offering less protection to the wood and client demands for the product to be replaced or repaired. The functionality of the coating may also be influenced by the way in which the drying process is done, because the production of Chlamydospores and EPS (extracellular polymers) depends on things such as temperature and UV radiation.  It is also not known as to whether potential nutrients in the air such as atmospheric particulate matter or VOC play a role in the binding process.

Required study programs:

Chemistry: Microscopic analysis of the fungi.

Biology and Laboratory Research: Microscopic analysis of the fungi.

Applied Physics: Detection of fine dust requires microparticle measurement devices.

Mechanical Engineering: Develop a measurement set-up , that is able to assess the fine dust is reduced in the presence of this coating.

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