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'Make, Create, Innovate' Gets Stuck In to self-healing Cement

'Make, Create, Innovate' is a science and technology series that tells the stories behind the inventions and technological breakthroughs that are reshaping our world, profiling pioneers in the fields of health, space exploration, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing and many more.

In this segment ‘Make, Create, Innovate’ explores developments in creating self-healing cement. Over time concrete begins to slowly crack. Currently expensive maintenance and steel engineering is required to ensure its upkeep, but Hendrik Marius Jonkers, a microbiologist from the Netherlands, has a new process.

Jonkers has developed a way to seed dormant bacteria in the cement that will activate once cracks appear in the concrete. The water and air that seep into the concrete activates the bacteria, which then produce limestone as a byproduct, filling the cracks. ‘Make, Create and Innovate’ explores Jonkers new method which is helping to save on concrete maintenance.

‘Make, Create, Innovate’ airs within Quest Means Business on Thursday 7th May at 2100 BST (2200 CET).