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Synthetic Biological Membrane (SBM)

Completed Technology Project

Project Description

Synthetic Biological Membrane

The ultimate goal of the Synthetic Biological Membrane project is to develop a new type of membrane that will enable the wastewater treatment system required on exploration missions to operate for extended periods while requiring no maintenance, and using only available resources. Because current water treatment systems have a lifetime of less than 1 year, extending membrane life will benefit exploration missions by reducing up mass and crew time requirements associated with maintenance and resupply/replacement of membranes. The project will use synthetic biology to engineer organisms that create and replenish the membrane, and this new technology can be easily adapted for use in terrestrial waste water treatment plants.

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