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Growing alternative materials for the fashion industry from fungal mycelium

Manuel Arias (VTT)

Manuel Arias is a designer and sustainability specialist working as an Interdisciplinary Researcher at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Born in Costa Rica but based in Finland, his work focuses on envisioning future scenarios and applications by connecting the dots between design, business, and biology for the creation of new materials and scalable biotechnologies. Great part of his material R&D activities at VTT have been on the use of mycelium as an alternative material to animal leather.

Géza Szilvay (VTT)

Géza Szilvay is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in the Industrial Biotechnology research area. His research at VTT aims to develop biotech solutions for the production of novel bio-based materials. Before joining VTT, Géza worked at Columbia University in New York City as a post-doctoral fellow. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Helsinki

Project Description

Fungal mycelium is an interesting component for biobased materials due to its structural features and living nature. We aim to understand mycelium both as a material and as a collaborator for the development of sustainable materials. In our projects we aim to find industrially scalable processes to make new materials such as leather alternatives from mycelium.

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