GingerDosier an Assistant Professor in American University of Sharjah has worked upon what she proudly calls bio bricks. The fascinating thing about Ginger Krieg’s invention is that the bio bricks replace firing with simple mixing and chemical reactions in a process that utilizes no heat at all.
The bio bricks can be done on-site without any modern infrastructure and is strong as conventional bricks and has similar properties of strength and durability. The process behind the innovative new brick is known as microbial induced calcite preparation and utilizes microbes on sand to glue the grains together using a chain of chemical reactions.
The bio bricks look the same as conventional ones and are of the same dimension and performance and have the same kind of strength and durability as that of conventional bricks. They can be made soft as sand stone or hard as marble and can be used for any infrastructure.
Ginger has won the 2010 Next Generation Design Competition Award and has also been contacted by NASA for material use in space application. She hopes to make the bio bricks commercially available in the next couple of years. We wish her good luck in her efforts to bring about positive changes on this planet.