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Perpetuus to Showcase Graphene Prototypes at Cardiff Event

KTN has organised a series of consortia building events in support of Innovate UK’s “Advancing the Commercial Applications of Graphene Competition” and the first of these is next Tuesday 8 th ...

Additive manufacturing and smart materials

The smart materials group has set itself the task of understanding how the development of additive manufacturing can help in the development of smart and multifunctional material systems. This...

Self-healing material

We're back to that issue of making materials self-healing so that when damaged they can repair themselves and reduce the need for regular inspection. This has been an area of much activity in...

Graphene for artificial skin

Whilst graphene might not be described as a smart material in the true sense of the definition, i.e. a material that responds reversibly to a stimulut in its environment, I think that it's use...

Smart polymers for robotics

It's been a while since I've blogged anything on smart polymers so I thought I'd bring your attention to the latest report on these smart materials and their potential use in robotic...

Smart Materials - China Mission, 16th - 19th November 2015

We are helping Innovation China UK at QMUL with the following partnering mission.  UK-China Innovation Partnering Mission  on  Smart Materials and Systems 16th...

Smart electrochromic coating for smart windows

There has been much written about smart windows. There are those that are self-cleaning as well as controlling temperature and light. The issue perhaps lies in balancing the light passing...

Smart homes

I couldn't resist this article that looks at what the smart home would look like in the future as against the past and the present. I know that the term "smart" is well used in all sorts of...

Smart NFC-based tamperproof packaging

Remy Martin have a tamperproof NFC tag on their cognac that can give information on authenticity of the contents and whether it’s been opened as well as interacting with the consumer through the...

Smart Materials Landscape in the UK

The KTN, as a part of Innovate UK’s innovation delivery in the UK, has a role to play in understanding the various communities that it serves so that it can feed data to Government. The smart...

Creating camouflage with artificial skin

Scientists at Bristol University are reported to have created artificial skin that can mimic the chromatophores of the squid and change to camouflage it from its surroundings. The skin been...

Nonlinear optical metamaterials

A nonlinear material that has opposite refractive indices at the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of light has been observed by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Such an...

New metal addition to SMA makeup

I see that that tried and trusted combination of nickel and titanium to provide shape memory alloys that find their way into all sorts of application from stents in healthcare to actuation in...

Trees are source for high-capacity, soft batteries

A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US. Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibres, a team from KTH Royal...

The global race in developing metamaterials

 read in the Chinese press, the People's Daily, that China is leading the way in developing metamaterials for use in a wide variety of applications including communications and aerospace....

Some biomimetics for windows

I like biomimetics, if only because we think that we invent new ideas and find out that nature has always beaten us to it. When you combine this with the need for windows that can shade and cool...

2D Materials for flexible electronics

There is a need for lighter and more flexible electronics for applications like defence and security where personnel are required to carry a challenging level of electronics in order to do their...

Low cost OLED's for smart packaging

A Finnish company, VTT, have developed a low cost roll-to-roll OLED technology, that uses electroluminescence and semiconductors to generate light,  that could be used for packaging. The...

Smart packaging to detect spoiled meat

We are seeing more reports of sensors for smart packaging that can detect the freshness of products. With meat there are volatile compounds given off when it starts to putrefy, specifically...

Smart materials for smart products

I see that the Fraunhofer Institutes are getting some press coverage on their ability to develop new materials for new electronic applications. The interesting thing about this is that some are...
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Featured events

Tue 08 Sep 2015

Polymer Process Engineering 2015

All Day

The biennial international PPE conference has TWO special extras this year - it will run in conjunction with the UK-China Advanced Materials Research Institute Research Workshop - a key...

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Tue 08 Sep 2015

Advancing the Commercial Applications of Graphene Competition

10:00 until 16:00

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing up to £2.5 million in technical feasibility studies to target the applications of graphene with the...

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Wed 09 Sep 2015

Materials Innovation Showcase at Cenex-LCV2015

All Day

Cenex-LCV2015 is the UK’s low carbon vehicle event. It incorporates four key features: a technology exhibition split over three halls an extensive seminar programme facilitated networking with the...

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