Rise and Design: Smart Materials and their Applications

Friday 15th January 2021: 10:00 – 12:30

Online Event

Everything around us is getting smarter, whether that's phones or fridges, and now even materials themselves are becoming more 'intelligent'.

And that represents huge opportunities for all of us.

So we'll be hearing from speakers who are at the forefront of the development and application of smart materials. From one atom thick, hyper-conductive graphene, to living buildings inspired by plant growth, prepare to be amazed!


Speakers include -

James Baker, The Graphene Institute.

Graphene is one of those wonder materials that only come along once in a generation. Layers of carbon, one atom thick that are highly conductive, many times stronger than steel, and with probably many more properties yet to be discovered. James will give us an overview of this novel material and it's many applications, and help you see how you could exploit some of them.

Jane Scott, Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

The hub was set up to develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of buildings that are responsive to their natural environment; grown using living engineered materials, that metabolise their own waste, generate energy and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health and wellbeing. Jane will describe their work on smart materials that are inspired by nature to mimic living processes

Mark Catchpole, Conductive Transfers

Conductive Transfers have developed a new technology for printing stretchable electronics, to create circuits that are stretchable, washable, durable and effective. Since the business was founded in 2017 it has been used by customers operating in diverse markets globally, including a soon to be launched wearable product to target bladder weakness.

Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.