Architectural surfacing eco-materials made from 100% recycled waste
Alusid Ltd’s SilicaStone is a unique architectural surfacing material made from 100% recycled waste. It unites aesthetic beauty, functionality and sustainability, with design innovation and environmentally responsible manufacturing. By utilising ceramic, glass and mineral waste materials, otherwise destined for landfill, it avoids the environmental damage commonly associated with the quarrying of virgin materials.
Plasma dye coating procedure: dye-immobilization on polymeric materials
Ghent University’s new technology introduces a straightforward procedure for the fabrication of coloured polymeric materials. It uses covalent surface immobilisation of the desired dye using plasma-generated surface radicals. The procedure is generally applicable with a wide variety of dyes and a broad range of materials using the same simple method.
A smart, safe and economical steel corrosion inhibitor
Strontium chromate is commonly used as a corrosion inhibitor in coated steel products, however it is a highly toxic carcinogen and will be banned from use in production by the EU in 2019. Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd have developed a comparably performing chromate-free alternative that is both “smart-release” and “self-healing”.
BionGel: An electrically conductive gel for high resolution implantable bionics
Imperial College London have developed a new electrode material for use in medical devices and diagnostics. BionGel is a soft, flexible gel-like material which has superior electrical and mechanical performance when compared to conventional metal electrodes. It can be applied to existing devices and customised to interact with specific body tissues.
Quantum technology supersensors: smart, environmentally friendly, printable sensors
Lusstech Ltd have developed quantum technology supersensors – smart material, super controllable, environmentally friendly, low cost printable sensors. These demonstrate unique sensing abilities in 3D (x,y,z) pressure/force/touch sensing and volatile organic compound sensing. They will enable a new generation of sustainable, ground-breaking and impactful devices.
Instrumented endotracheal tube with an antibacterial polymer
The University of Nottingham's endotracheal tube coated with a polymer has been shown to resist bacterial attachment to the surface. A fibre optic sensor has been incorporated into the tube, allowing for real-time detection of bacterial attachment, meaning physicians can determine device failure during use.
Biodegradable microspheres for anti-aging and in-situ adipose tissue engineering
As we age, fat tissues lose volume causing the face to sag and wrinkles to appear. The only natural anti-aging solution would be to restore their volume. Inspired by human biology, PB&B have developed an injection to “super-feed” lipids to fat tissues, thereby allowing the patient’s own tissues to cover wrinkles.
High-definition thermal mapping using luminescence memory materials
Sensor Coating Systems Ltd’s thermal history technology will replace current industry standard thermal paints and offers very significant advantages in power generation, aero engines and automotive. The technology is robust and non-destructive, thereby enabling multiple tests of components used in the development process.
Smart inks for printed intelligent textiles
Smart Fabric Inks Ltd have developed novel inks for printing electronic devices directly on fabrics. The printed electronic devices are flexible, unobtrusive and easy-to-use. Example applications include light emitting textiles for fashion, home and automotive; fabric heaters for comfort; and electrodes for health monitoring.
Clean peptide synthesis
Sulfotools GmbH have developed an eco-friendly, cost-saving method for a water-based peptide synthesis. Applying the state-of-the-art manufacturing process, tens of thousand tons of hazardous, expensive organic solvents – associated with considerable health and environmental risks – are consumed annually. Using the Sulfotools technology, these solvents can be replaced with water, combining sustainability with cost optimisation.