Hosted by: ACerS Cements Division

Thursday, March 7, 2024; 4p.m. – 5p.m. Eastern US time

Sponsored by the ACerS Cements Division, the March webinar will feature one speaker: Learning from bone to engineer tomorrow’s more sustainable biocemented materials


Learning from bone to engineer tomorrow’s more sustainable biocemented materials

Traditional construction materials have an oversized carbon footprint. The use of microbes and biological processes offers many potential advantages for improving the sustainability and functionality of common load-bearing materials. Microbial biocementation has been used to heal cracks, stabilize soils, and bind aggregate to manufacture load-bearing materials. However, several persistent challenges need to be overcome to improve the functionality and sustainability benefits of these biocementation processes. As a living structural material, bone offers inspiration for (1) improving the load-bearing capacity of biocemented structures and (2) improving cellular viability to confer additional functionalities to biocemented engineered living materials.


Dr. Chelsea Heveran, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University

Dr. Chelsea Heveran is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Montana State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her dissertation research focused on the impacts of aging and kidney disease on bone fragility. Dr. Heveran then completed postdoctoral training in Civil Engineering, also at the University of Colorado Boulder, and engineered photosynthetic living building materials.

Dr. Heveran’s current research efforts continue to work towards understanding determinants of bone fracture resistance and applying these lessons towards bone-inspired engineered living materials.  In 2020, she was co-awarded the National Science Foundation Idea Machine Meritorious Prize with Dr. Juan Pablo Gevaudan. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, ABC, Yellowstone Public Radio, and other national and regional programs.


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