In order to raise the awareness of smart materials technologies and drive their adoption into new and innovative products there is a need to raise the awareness of what the available technologies are and what they can offer designers. The incorporation into new designs will drive innovation and develop the technologies further.
To achieve this the Materials KTN ran a showcase at the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in London on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th February when designers were ablt to see and touch smart materials as well as hear from leading organisations including NPL, QinetiQ and the University of Surrey about their experience with developing new and innovative products using smart materials.
There was an opportunity to network with other designers and with scientists and engineers and to identify the needs of designers in understanding what the technologies can deliver and so how they can be used in new designs.
On the day there were a number of presentations:
Smart Materials from Mindsets (UK) Ltd were on display and demonstrated by
Professor John Cave, Director
Dr Steve Morris, Smart Materials and Emerging Technologies Manager, Materials KTN
Professor Markys Cain, Science Area Leader - Functional Materials Team
NPL is the National Physical Laboratory is the UK's National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. It maintains a wide portfolio of internationally visible research programmes that advances measurement science.
Dr Eoin O'Keefe, Materials and Optics Scientist
QinetiQ is a is a UK research & technology company with expertise in defence, aerospace & security, offering technical, engineering & software services.
Professor Rob Dorey, Chair in Nanomaterials
The University of Surrey, Guildford, has a reputation for excellence in research in materials and for nanotechnology is truly multi-disciplinary, bringing together Electronics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computing and Engineering.