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More on 4D Printing

It seems that researchers in the USA, this time at Harvard, continue to describe a change of shape to a 3D printed object as being 4D. The latest article includes biomimetics as a team seeks to...

Self-cleaning and temperature controlling windows

Scientists at University College London have developed a nanoscale coating that can help keep windows clean as  well as control the passage of heat so deliver two functions in one. The...

3D Printing Multifunctional Composites

It seems that researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a technique for printing composite materials that can deliver complex microstructured composites using a standard 3D...

Metamaterials in the UK

KTN has issued a State of the Art Report on Metamaterials in the UK.  Metamaterials or artificially engineered materials 
with properties not available in...

4D Printing to bring smart multifunctionality to systems

There is much work going on in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing if you prefer. As with most new technologies that are moving towards the challenge of commercialisation, the next step in...

Perovskite solar cells with graphene electrodes

The need to develop a low cost, flexible and transparent alternative to the rigid and opaque solar cell led to the development of the dye-sensitised solar cell (DSC). This however suffers from...

Bioplastic healed with water

The healing of polymers is a hot topic and none more so than bio-derived polymers where we seek to learn from nature and use some of the materials that have taken so long to develop.  This...

Self-cleaning graphene-coated membrane

Innovate UK recently launched a competition for funding that related to the development of smart products using smart materials in production processes, the proposal being that  projects...

Graphene ink for 3D-printed objects

Northwestern University in the USA claim an ink that could allow 3D-printed products for electronics and biomedical applications. The key is the concentration of graphene in the ink which they...

Self-powered electronic paper

Scientists at Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and Huazhong Scool of Science and Technology in China and the Univeristy of Maryland in the USA have collabrated to deliver what is...

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...
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