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Smart Functional Materials

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.

Smart functional materials are the basis of many applications, including sensors and actuators, artificial muscles, self healing materials, electroactive polymers etc. The range of application sectors is correspondingly large, including: information and communications technology, energy generation and storage transport, Healthcare, defence,consumer goods.

Many of the applications depend upon the use of multiple smart functional materials. Unlike many materials that are used in large volumes (such as, for example, building or packaging materials), the value of most smart functional materials lies in their enabling capabilities. Their economic impact comes from the effects of applying the devices and systems that use them, rather than the economic value of the materials themselves.

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Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera

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Funding Opportunities

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3m to resolve productivity issues by working with the best scientists and research facilities. Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem that will help improve your business’s productivity or competitiveness, and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it.

Opens: 29/07/2021 Closes: 18/08/2021

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05.03.2021

The importance of collaboration between academics and industry for commercialising metamaterials

As part of the activities for the Commercialising Metamaterials Innovation Network, we asked Professor Fabrizio Scarpa from University of Bristol to share his experiences and insights of working closely with industry.

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10.06.2021

Breakthrough materials remove excess sound from your environment

Recently Bill Gates has invested in metamaterials. In this article, we look at the successful commercialisation of acoustic metamaterials and try to understand how we might move other metamaterials from the laboratory into commercial applications.

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