Photosynthesis is one of the many natural phenomena that give life to Earth. It’s the only thing that separate Earth from other heavenly bodies… the life sustaining OXYGEN!

We’ve been exploring space for so long and still what we learned is too far from what it can give. Human race are dreaming of living in the moon or other planets someday.  Scientists and astronauts are wishing and hoping to discover an Earth like planet. There are some planets that can be called the next Earth but are missing an important part. They lack trees and other plants that produce breathable oxygen that human inhaled to survive. What if we can recreate this amazing talent of plants, these untiring oxygen factories in a very handy form?

Julian Melchiorri an artist and a scientist, his interest in these natural phenomena called photosynthesis gives him the drive to recreate this process to bring the efficiency of nature into the man-made environment that lead to the invention of Silk Leaf.

Julian Melchiorri’s Silk Leaf is a man-made leaf that could revolutionize space exploration.


Silk Leaf 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.


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Silk Leaf is thin and flexible, low consuming, and biological making them perfect for ventilation systems, for interiors with lighting of your homes and especially for space adventures.



Melchiorri says, “It could [also] be used for outdoor applications. So facades, ventilation systems. You can absorb air from outside, pass it through these biological filters and then bring oxygenated air inside.”

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