Arts Sciences & Landscape


Julian Melchiorri

Silk leaf

Following Melchiorri’s interest into natural phenomena and the recent scientific discoveries in Biology and Material science enabled him to explore the potential for creating photosynthetic materials aiming to bring the efficiency of nature into the man-made environment. Silk Leaf is the first outcome of this exploration path. It is a modular device that photosynthesize made of a biological material mostly composed by Silk protein and chloroplasts. Silk Leaf absorbs CO2 and produces oxygen and organic compounds thanks to the photosynthetic ability of the stabilized chloroplasts inside silk protein. Any visible light and water is needed to enable the reaction. Web site :