Desert bacteria inspires paint that produces oxygen and captures CO2


A new type of paint that contains oxygen-producing bacteria capable of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) has been created by a team of scientists from the University of Surrey, UK.

Named ‘Green Living Paint’, the creation is a type of water-based paint known as a ‘biocoating’, which encases live bacteria within layers.

In addition to capturing carbon, biocoatings can also serve as bioreactors or as biosensors and could be used in extreme environments such as space stations.

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