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Title: Novel materials for urban farming
Authors: Xi, Lifei
Zhang, Mengyuan
Zhang, Liling
Lew, Tedrick T. S.
Lam, Yeng Ming
Keywords: Engineering::Bioengineering
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Xi, L., Zhang, M., Zhang, L., Lew, T. T. S. & Lam, Y. M. (2022). Novel materials for urban farming. Advanced Materials, 34(25), 2270190-.
Project: AcRF T1-RT09/20 
Journal: Advanced Materials 
Abstract: Scarcity of natural resources, shifting demographics, climate change, and increasing waste are four major challenges in the quest to feed the exploding world population. These challenges serve as the impetus to harness novel technologies to improve agriculture, productivity, and sustainability. Urban farming has several advantages over conventional farming: higher productivity, improved sustainability, and the ability to provide fresh food all year round. Novel materials are key to accelerating the evolution of urban farming – with their ability to facilitate controlled release of nutrients and pesticides, improved seed health, substrates with better water retention capability, more efficient recycling of agricultural waste, and precise plant health monitoring. Materials science enables environmental sustainability and higher harvest yields in urban farms. Here, Singapore is used as an example of a land-scarce city where urban farming may be the solution for future food production. Potential research directions and challenges in urban farming are highlighted, and how material optimization and innovation drive the development of urban farming to meet national and global food demands is briefly discussed. This review serves as a guide for researchers and a reference for stakeholders of urban farms, policy makers, and other interested parties.
ISSN: 0935-9648
DOI: 10.1002/adma.202270190
Schools: School of Materials Science and Engineering 
Organisations: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR 
National University of Singapore 
Research Centres: Facility for Analysis Characterisation Testing and Simulation (FACTS)
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Xi, L., Zhang, M., Zhang, L., Lew, T. T. S. & Lam, Y. M. (2022). Novel materials for urban farming. Advanced Materials, 34(25), 2270190-, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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