Advanced Biomaterials Based On Mycelium

About

Lium Labs Materials

Lium Labs is an advanced sustainable material company developing high volume manufacturing technologies to facilitate the broad adoption of mycelium-based materials in packaging, furniture and construction industries.

Our goal is to respond to sustainable markets demand to provide biodegradable, biocompatible, fire resistant, strong, light and beautifully finished materials. Our technologies allow tailoring their mechanical properties according to our customer needs in order to replace paper, leather, wood or plastic or the generation of high-end mycelium products.

Lium Labs grows the knowledge and infrastructure to materialise a circular and sustainable future.

Materials

Lium Labs Materials

Mycelium is the root like fibrous material mushrooms grow from. It’s composed mostly of chitin, the structural polymer found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans insects and the shells of molluscs.

It’s structural, water-resistant, biodegradable, and fire resistant. Its properties are all highly tunable. Mycelium has been used to form lightweight styrofoam-like, leather-like and wood-like materials.

Features Overview

Circular Economy

Circular Economy

The amazing thing is that a low energy amount required for production because it is a self-growing process. At the same time, the recycling process doesn’t need any specific processes and it’s 100% biodegradable. The use of natural, renewable materials has significant advantages in terms of both ecology and economy.

Natural Ingredients

Natural Ingredients

Our materials are 100% natural and produced from agricultural waste as a result of the natural growing process of mycelium fibres. No chemicals compounds are added.

Mechanical Properties

Mechanical Properties

Mycelium-based material properties are tunable and have very well controlled structural and mechanical properties that can be customized according to an application and customers needs. In addition, materials show a highly hydrophobic character, which is an aspect difficult to achieve in natural-sourced materials.

Design Flexibility

Design Flexibility

Lium Labs materials can be produced in various colours, thicknesses and a wide range of commercial applications from furniture to construction. They can have different patterns, textures, colours and all kind of features. At the same time, it is compatible with digital manufacturing processes like CNC and others.

Technology

Mycelium materials production is still immature and largely focuses on developing mould forming techniques. Mould formed structures have the disadvantage that they have long dry times and require a lot of space.

Lium Labs focuses on overcoming traditional moulding techniques by developing high volume production approaches and fast drying techniques. This transition will drive costs down and will allow mycelium-based materials to be used in many more industries and markets.

The manufacturing techniques we are developing will allow faster and greater customisation of mycelium-based materials so that we can satisfy the market requirements for low-cost high quality biodegradable and recyclable materials.

Team

The team's background covers research, sustainable architecture, furniture manufacturing, digital fabrication, marketing and business development.

Ekaterina Bryskina
Katya Bryskina
CEO / Material Science & Design
Ekaterina is an architect with a Masters in Emergent Technology and Design focused on new construction methods, material research, robotics, 3D printing, and biomimetics. Ekaterina will lead the overall research, including materials development, testing material property, material application, product development and optimization.
Tomás Clavijo
Tomás Clavijo
CSO / Business Development Strategy
Tomás is an architect and strategist with a Master in Architecture at UPC Barcelona Tech and an MA Innovation Management at UAL. Tomas has directed works in large-scale sustainable projects for the UN and the ICRC and sold innovation concepts and strategies to the French corporate EDF Energy. Tomas will lead the definition, communication and implementation of business strategy and partnerships.
Dr. Luke Robinson
Dr. Luke Robinson
CTO / Material Science & Manufacturing
Ph.D. in Physics and materials science Cambridge University. Research fellow Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Previously CEO and Co-Founder of Sunfish Energy. Dr. Luke Robinson will advise the research, including developing the material, testing material quality, and material optimization. In addition, he takes a leading role in the manufacturing process, equipment development and implementation. Luke is responsible for sourcing and ensuring reliability in the field and eventual cost-efficient of the system.