Expanding Materials for Healthcare - 8 February 2011, IOM3, London

The Smart Materials Sector of the Materials KTN held a one-day workshop that will looked at the opportunities for auxetic materials in healthcare applications.


Auxetic Materials are counter intuitive with their Negative Poisson’s Ratio and so they become wider and longer when stretched and narrower and denser when compressed.

The development of auxetic materials presents opportunities for their use in healthcare in a range of applications including the treatment of infection, improved wound management and invasive surgery because of the unique shape properties of auxetics. The
commercialisation of this technology can have a substantial impact on patient treatment and recovery.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the current technology and applications for auxetic materials on a wider basis whilst considering where their properties could be applied to the healthcare sector and so to identify potential projects that might meet the challenges presented by healthcare.


Auxetic Materials—Introduction and Applications
Julian Wright—Research Fellow, Exeter Advanced Technologies, School of
Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Exeter 

Auxetic Materials: Smart Solutions for Healthcare
Andy Alderson—Professor of Materials Physics, Deputy Director, The Institute for
Materials Research and Innovation, University of Bolton 

Smart Combinations in Healthcare
Professor Tony Anson, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University 

Hypertropic Liner Compression Wound Therapy for Class 3a Burns Treatment
Simon Burnett-Boothroyd, Business Development Manager, Advanced Textiles Ltd


The event report is available for Materials KTN members to download in PDF format. Please click here to download the report