Zumtobel Group Award 2014 in the category Applied Innovations for Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel

The international expert jury for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 has rewarded  the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel in the category Applied Innovations a second place for its research on Bamboo Composite Materials. The team around Felix Heisel, Mateusz Wielopolski, Alireza Javadian, Tobias Eberwein, and Karsten Schlesier works together with REHAU under the lead of Dragan Griebel on this innovative new building material. From the jury review: “At ETH Zürich, a team of researchers is tapping into bamboo’s potential by exploring new types of composite bamboo materials. Bamboo fiber is extracted and mixed with biological based adhesives. With the help of a hot press, a new material can be produced, which can have desired shape. It is water resistant, repellent to any insect or fungi attacks and the mechanical properties such as thermal extension or ductility can be controlled. It can be used for specific applications that best take advantage of the material’s tensile strength, such as reinforcement systems in concrete or beams for ceilings and roof structures.”

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