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.
Current Materials funding opportunities
SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2
Opens: 12/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022
UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.
PEMD Scale-up: Strand 2, manufacturing process development
Opens: 21/09/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to scale up manufacturing in the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain. This strand will fund manufacturing process industrialisation to enhance volume and niche productivity.
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.
Related Events and Recordings
How the space environment can support advanced materials innovation...
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Engage with…Department for International Trade: mine to magnet-supply chains for critical material
15.00 - 16.00 | Online
Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022
09.00 - 16.30 | Online
#IdeasMeanBusiness: Be inspired to innovate
14.00 - 15.00 | Online
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Smart Materials and Technical Textiles
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BSGN Advanced Materials Accelerator: Your route for new materials development in space
Transforming Foundation Industries at Materials Research Exchange 2022 - a vision for 2050
At Materials Research Exchange 2022 (3rd-5th October), the Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge will look at how the industries need to evolve to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities that lie ahead.
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.