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Can the creative industries lead the exploitation of new materials?

Self-cleaning glass and clothing that monitors the health of the wearer, demonstrate how incorporating technology into materials can open up new business opportunities. Developments in nanotechnology in particular will be one of the areas where we will see major advances in the near term. The ability of researchers and businesses in the creative industries to access the technologies that these developments will bring will be vital to ensure their rapid assimilation and exploitation. The exchange of information will enable people in the creative industries to bring ideas back into their areas of operation and also ensure they can exploit new opportunities in other areas. This Beacon Project will explore the developments in new and functional materials and the potential for their application and exploitation by the creative industries.

"Science and technology are now providing solutions to many of the great social and economic challenges we face. The ability to create new materials opens up huge possibilities for designers across the creative industries. Our challenge will be to work together with technologies to identify and harness those solutions that can be used to the real benefit of mankind"
Helen Storey, Professor in Fashion and Science, University of The Arts London.


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Chris Lefteri is the Smart Materials Champion for the Creative Industries KTN


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Can the creative industries lead the exploitation of new materials?

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