ERC Consolidator Grant for Kunal Masania’s living composites

Associate Professor of Aerospace Structures and Materials, Dr Kunal Masania envisions a world where rigid, lightweight composite structural materials literally come to life. In doing so, he not only takes inspiration from Nature when designing the microstructures of materials, he actually integrates living organisms into the material. This link with biology allows lightweight composite materials, as used for example in aerospace, to adapt themselves to conditions such as load or damage. The European Research Council has awarded Masania an ERC Consolidator Grant of €2 million for his research proposal AM-IMATE. This research on living composites can lead to ground breaking technology for making aviation more sustainable.

ERC Consolidator Grant

The ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. The research programmes run for five years.

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