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Colour changing camouflage

Anything relating to camouflage is usually a hot topic as we are all fascinated as to the natural world and how some creatures are able to control the colour in their skins in order to "blend...

Self-healing concretes with shape memory!

I couldn't resist the title of this article that I found as I'd been wondering about the use of shape memory technology in the built environment for a while after reading a snippet somewhere...

Superhydrophobic coatings

Having just written about superhydrophobics in nature (with the gecko) I now see that UCL have been busy in developing superhydrophobic coatings that can be applied to a range of surfaces...

Superhydrophobics as basis for self cleaning surfaces

I've written about superhydrophobics before but this note is about something other than lotus leaves of the feet of geckos, however it does relate to geckos and the minute spines they have on...

Metamaterials as emerging smart technologies

I see that the Beeb has a big spread on the subject of metamaterials in an article entilted " Magic metamaterials storm physics " essentially highlighting that the manipulation of material...

Creating smart products from smart materials competition briefing

The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s Smart Materials Competition by running a series of consortia-building events.   This competition aims to stimulate...

Morphing aircraft wing takes to the skies

I see that FlexSys, a company in the USA, has spent 20 years working with the (US) Air Force Research Laboratory to take the concept of a flexible (and morphing) wing structure to its first...

Creating new multifunctional materials

The Smart Materials Sector of the Materials Community recently delivered two events in support of the forthcoming "Smart, hybrid and multiple materials" competition due next year. Details of the...

Smart, hybrid & multiple materials workshops

Innovate UK has indicated in its recently published Delivery Plans for 2014-15, the intention to launch a funding competition for smart materials. The Knowledge Transfer Network, in...

Smart Ships: Opportunity or Oxymoron?

Dr Stephen Boyd is an Associate Professor in the Fluid Structure Interactions Group at the University of Southampton.  His main area of research is in maritime composite materials and their...

Smart Sunscreen Bottles

Well here's a technology development that should benefit all those sensible Brits going abroad who apply sun protection when they head for the beach.  Students from Brunel University,...

Graphene-infused rubber bands for monitoring health

How about combining graphene with the humble elastic band to make a big difference in the field of health care by using them to monitor motion associated with breathing and heart rate as well as...

Water-based organic battery

A cheaper and more environmentally friendly battery than current lithium ion technology sounds good doesn’t it. Is it too good to be true as the developers at the University of Southern...

Smart Materials for Demanding Environments - A new group and funding!

In everyday engineering applications, more and more is being demanded of materials in all sectors and this has become an area of interest for industry and academia. To address this...

Smart Thermochromic Polymers

Scientists in China have developed a new approach to thermochromic polymers that involves the addition of peptide side chains that make the polydiacetylene polymer fibres stronger and more...

Smart Actuation Applications

The KTN is working with the Smart Materials and Systems Committee of the Institutue of Materials, Minerals and Mining to deliver a conference through IMechE. The Smart Actuation...

Embedded smart materials in metals

We are constantly looking to embed functionality into materials so that we can make them do things in response to a stimulus. This is especially true of smart materials where innovators look for...

Shape memory polymers as bone scaffolds

A recent article highlighted the challenge of replacing lost bone, an issue normally addressed through the transfer of bone from elsewhere in a patients body which gives problems of shaping or...

Metamaterial-based sound deadening fences

It seems that metamaterials, those heterogeneous materials that exhibits extraordinary properties arising from the combination of their structure and composition beyond those that a classical...

Fly-inspired piezo-powered hearing aid

Apparently scientists in Texas have been looking at the hearing mechanism of a fly that can pinpoint a cricket from background sounds with amazing accuracy and developed an aid that can help the...
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