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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...

Magneto-Mechano-Electric generation for MEMS

Low-power consumption devices such as MEMS based sensors and health monitoring devices require energy sources that can recharge or replace the small batteries that power them. Energy harvesting...

Modelling complex auxetic systems

Metamaterials continue to intrigue us as they display properties that are not typically obvious in nature and none more so than auxetics, those materials that are counterintuitive and expand...

Controlling elastic waves with metamaterials

The University of Missouri is reporting the sensing of subwavelength acoustic and elastic waves with metal surfaces engraved with chiral patterns created with a laser. The material is however...

The Future of Metamaterials and Metasurfaces

I took part in a webinar the other day that covered the current state of technology associated with optical metamaterials as delivered by leading researchers: ·     ...

Energy harvesting metasurfaces

I'm sure that we've all heard of metamaterials, my definition being  a heterogeneous material that exhibits extraordinary properties arising from the combination of its structure and its...

Smart Materials Competition - Scoping Report

Innovate UK announced a new competition in February about "Creating Smart products from Smart Materials". In the time leading up to the release of the details of the competition and its...

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...
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