I had the honor to be one of the finalists in the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020 with my project, AMBER. Students from all over the world presented their research and the online summit reached over 5,000 views! AMBER is a plant-based, waterproof biomaterial made out of rice husks and pine resin. It provides a natural alternative to […]

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Rice Husk Bowl Prototype #2

Goal: Create a second set of rice husk bowls using silicone molds and beet juice to add color I am actually super happy with how this second batch came out. They are still really rough looking, but conceptually they solidified the idea that this process can be scalable with more powerful industrial machinery (such as a […]

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Project Timeline

Proposal: Research plant-based sealants/adhesives to create all-natural tableware made out of rice husks Timeline: Week Five: find and buy a heat-resistant sealant experiment adding new sealants to bowls start thinking about storytelling/framing (begin outlining presentation/pitch) Week Six: explore with aesthetics and various shapes use silicon molds add colors finish presentation This past week I have […]

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Rice Husk Bowl Prototype

Goal: 1. Create my first rice bowl using rice husks and pine resin. 2. Study the properties of the bowl and its efficiency for holding food Process: I bought rice hulls and pine resin rocks from Amazon and began by melting the pine resin using a double boiler. Attempt 1 I used raw rice husks […]

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Food in Space

I am really interested in exploring the design around food packaging and community outreach on how to eliminate synthetic waste. After I read the Food in Space article, I learned that an astronaut’s food are all pre-packaged in plastic that are carefully curated by a dietitian to make sure all of the astronauts nutrients are […]

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