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Metamaterial to make PV cells generate electricity in the dark

Australian and US scientists have collaborated to use the thermal properties of solar radiation to generate electricity in the dark. The material they are using is a magnetic metamaterial...

Self healing and shape memory in a coating

Researchers have combined the shape memory characteristics of polymer with wax as a healing agent to see a composite coating self heal. The shape memory polymer was thermoresponsive and so...

State of the Art Report on Auxetics

The Smart Materials Group at the Knowledge Transfer Network recently published a second report on the UK 's activity relating to metamaterials, artificially engineered materials with properties...

Metamaterials and reflected light

The researchers at Southampton University have reported the ability of metamaterials to promote exceptional optical activity due to their nature of being sub wavelength in size, their activity...

3D Printing Graphene

Vesarien have seemingly taken the first steps of any producer of graphene and are looking at the potential for 3D-printing graphene. They have started trials through their subsidiary 2D Tech...

4D Printing

We're looking into the UK activity in the 4D printing space and seeking comments from the market on who is active and in what area. Just to help you in what we define as 4D then I'd offer...

Self-healing coating to indicate cracks in structural materials

Nancy Sottos’s team at Illinois have developed a coating that can indicate microscopic cracks in structural materials, potentially reducing the need for expert examination of structures. The...

Smart Packaging for Smart Pharmaceuticals

KTN has organised an event that will bring together key organisations working with anti-counterfeiting and anti-tamper in the packaging of pharmaceuticals, including track and trace and,...

Graphene Elastomer to mimic human skin

Scientists in Australia have announced a soft elastomer that can be used to create artificial skin but with a greater sensitivitiy than out own skin that allows us to pick up and hold objects...

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 ...
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