The Materials Team in KTN covers a broad scope of the materials life cycle, from feedstock, processing techniques, design and manufacture, testing, standardisation, resource efficiency and circularity.
Our current focus in this area
The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) aims to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events and related support activities.
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at KTN is proactively driving engagement and collaboration as part of the core programme of the UKRI ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP).
Situated in our industrial heartlands, these sectors include metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement, producing 28m tonnes of material per year, and are worth £52bn annually to the UK economy.
Composite materials consist of two different materials different physical and chemical properties. When they are combined, they create a composite material which has superior properties to the original two materials.
Textiles are everywhere in modern society. Technical Textiles are defined as materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics.
Graphene and other novel two-dimensional (2D) materials have sustained strong interest from academia and industry owing to their unique combination of material properties. These properties, which include strength, thermal and electrical conductivity, are found to be superior to those exhibited by other advanced materials.
Metamaterials are artificial composite materials, engineered to exhibit unique electromagnetic properties. Metamaterial devices are poised to grow to $10.7 billion globally by 2030 in 5G networks, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and more.
Smart Functional Materials are defined as those materials that change significantly one or more of their physical or chemical native properties when subjected to changes in their environment, thus rendering them stimuli-responsive.
Ceramics and glass materials exhibit high strength, high elastic modulus and are electrical and thermal insulators. Advanced ceramics and glasses are engineered to optimise its mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
Circular Economy for SMEs - innovating with NICER, round 2
Opens: 13/10/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches. This can cover: chemicals, bio-textiles, metals, or mineral-based construction materials; or research/data work to accelerate the transition.
UKRI Circular fashion programme: recycling and sorting demonstrator
Opens: 14/11/2022 Closes: 11/01/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million for a demonstration of innovative technologies, services and processes for the UK’s Fashion and Textile sector.
Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing (REforMM)
Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 21/12/2022
UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for feasibility studies that develop new approaches to improve resource efficiency.
Related Events and Recordings
Ignite Labs: Site Visit - University of Huddersfield - Technical Textiles Research Centre
09.30 - 16.00 | University of Huddersfield
Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022
09.00 - 16.30 | Online
How the space environment can support advanced materials innovation...
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Knowledge Transfer Manager - Smart Materials and Technical Textiles
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Hackathon at the Materials Research Exchange (MRE) Exhibition shows the way to reduce time and costs of social housing
Student teams were challenged to provide a significant change to the speed and cost of constructing Social Housing in the UK, combined with the greater use of sustainable materials, and with reduced energy cost.
Investor Showcase at Materials Research Exchange 2022
The MRE Investor Showcase event offers a gateway to some of the UK’s leading innovators who are bringing ground-breaking ideas to fruition, directly into the advanced materials sector. Participating in this year’s Investor Showcase were 23 exciting companies across the materials value chain, including metamaterials, materials for space, graphene, bio-based materials, energy and construction materials.
Programmes related to Materials
Metamaterials Landscape Map
Connecting the value chain of the UK Metamaterials community with industry, research expertise and business support to drive commercialisation.
Net Zero Chemicals Landscape
Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.