Helion: a next generation BioTextile?

Helion is a unique and sustainable BioTextile in development at C-MOULD. Its basis is the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria animalis, and because of the photosynthetic capacity of this organism, Helion can be produced from little more than air and sunlight. Moreover, the individual filaments of the bacterium, which equate to the fibres in the textile, have a unique oscillatory motility (that can be seen in the videos) meaning that the textile actually  weaves itself into a mat as it grows.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Beautiful patterns generated by the Helion self-weaving process.

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

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