Sunday, 22 July 2018

Smart Polymers

The stimuli-responsive polymers or aptly called smart polymers are materials which are sensitive to various factors like temperature, humidity, pH, electric and magnetic field. The responses generated by these materials vary from conductivity, permeability, transparency and so on. The unique properties of these smart materials make them applicable in high end applications of engineering and healthcare.

The Smart Polymers are classified into several types depending upon their properties and response towards external stimuli. The several types of smart polymers observed today are:

  •  Temperature responsive polymers
  • pH responsive polymers
  • Photo responsive polymers
  • Magnetically responsive polymer gels and elastomers
  • Enzyme-responsive polymers
  • Shape memory polymers
  • Smart polymer hydrogels
  • Self-healing polymer systems
The properties, synthesis and applications of several of these polymers vary individually. Several branches of science and engineering namely materials science, chemistry, polymer science and technology involve themselves in these studies.

Smart Polymers are relevantly used in bio-medicine specifically targeted drug delivery. Some other cases where they are used in biomedical area are self-adaptive wound dressings where humidity-sensitive polymers are employed which automatically regulate moisture balance in and around the wound.

Other than the smart polymer carriers employed for drug delivery applications, smart polymer substrates can also be used in tissue engineering applications. Smart Polymers have also been employed in medical devices which are used in surgery and diagnosis. Other than medicine, smart polymers have found their applications in biotechnology, food industry and several other sectors too.

Most common application of the smart materials in biotechnology sector is bio separations and immunoassays. In different sectors we can find them employed for optical data storage, food packaging and textile applications. Futuristic applications of these smart polymers can be seen in environmental biotechnology for irrigation systems. Though the research and future remains open for these materials so does the problems on degradation, toxicity etc.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Journey of Emerging Smart Materials

The tremendous success of Smart Materials Meet 2018- Dubai has paved the path for the journey of Smart Emerging Materials and journey destination has been decided at Bucharest, Romania on March 25-26, 2019. The 6th World Congress on Smart Materials and Polymer Technology has been designed with sessions covering the applications of emerging smart materials in a wider sense. Smart Emerging Materials are trending with their innovative synthetic methods and applications in several areas like aerospace, automobiles, ceramics, textiles, defense, architecture, wearable technology, nanotechnology, tissue engineering and so on.
                         Picture: Market Growth of Self-Healing Materials (a smart material) in USA

Graphene being one of the major smart materials has been applied as hair dye, used in automobiles and aerospace with different methods of synthesis. Many other smart materials like fullerene, shape memory alloys, self-healing polymers, dielectric elastomers, smart textiles are now arising. Among several smart materials, piezoelectric devices are the key factors driving the smart material market. The market growth of smart materials is expected to reach a huge number in the coming years probably around 40+ billion dollars.

·         Emerging Smart Materials
·         Smart Materials and Structures
·         Materials Science and Engineering
·         Carbon nanotubes, Graphene and Composites
·         Material Synthesis and Characterization
·         Spintronics
·         Material physics and chemistry
·         Optical, Magnetic and Electronic Materials
·         Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
·         Piezoelectric materials and 3-D printing
·         Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
·         Materials in Dentistry and Healthcare
·         Polymer science & engineering
·         Ceramics and textiles industries
·         Materials in aerospace and defence
·         Architecture Materials
·         Materials in automobile and construction industries
·         Sustainable energy and development
·         Wearable technology

Smart material market will most expectantly benefit the artificial organ and bionics industry. The smart material market is segmented into thermally responsive materials, piezoelectric materials, biomimetic materials on the basis of products. On basis of application the smart material market is segmented into transducers, actuators, structural materials and so on. Country wise the smart material market will be segmented in Asia Pacific, Europe, USA and rest of the world. Join us to discuss the future and market of emerging smart materials at Romania.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Make a Beeline towards Smart Materials Meet 2018

Smart Materials are trending today and what’s more their research is widening in every aspect of study may it be graphene used as hair dyes, meta-materials for optical applications, Shape Memory Alloys and hydrogel for healthcare applications, smart textiles for architecture and textile industries, composites for aerospace and automobile industries, biomaterials for dental applications, nanomaterial’s and polymers and so on..

From the collaboration support of societies and Journals like:
  • Indian Ceramics Society-Karnataka Chapter
  • The North American Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (NSAMPE)
  • The Australian society for Metallurgy and Materials (ASMET)
  • Iranian Materials and Metallurgical Engineering society
  • International Journal of Multiphysics and so on,
Smart Materials Meet 2018 is all set to deliver Keynote Sessions, Workshops, Oral and Poster Presentations at Dubai on April 19-20, 2018.

The theme of the conference is focused on covering the future prospects of smart and emerging materials with the session tracks covering:
  • The scope of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Biomaterials for Healthcare
  • Materials for Aerospace and Automobile industry
  • Materials for Energy Storage and Applications
  • Market Demand, Value and Future of Materials
  • Smart Wearable Technology
The ceremony is opened on April 19th 2018 with the honourable presence of Mr. Ray Gibbs, the CEO of Haydale Limited, UK; Dr Hiroshi Asanuma, Head Professor from Chiba University, Japan and Dr Santanu Mandal, Head Scientist at Carborundum Universal Limited, India. The program then continues with the keynote sessions and session talks.

Last few slots are available for Oral and Poster Presentation at the Meet. If you wish to present your research ideas in this global platform then submit the abstract soon.  Meanwhile if you just wish to attend the conference as a delegate then drop us an email at so that we can help you with your participation.

Looking forward to meet you at Dubai….

Priya Desai
Program Manager
Smart Materials Meet 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

Graphene--An Elegant Smart Material

Throughout the globe, research on graphene has become one of the most vibrant and active research fields in materials science, nanotechnology, condensed matter physics and engineering. Wikipedia states that graphene is just another allotrope of carbon, containing one atom thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb (hexagonal) lattice.

Ever since its discovery in 2000’s, graphene has been exploited for various applications with its outstanding properties. The shocking factor for this widely developed research area is that few scientists out there experimented with an adhesive tape and stacks of graphite which led to the discovery of graphene and Nobel Prize. Some of its impressive properties are:
  • ·         Faster electrical conductivity
  • ·         Best thermal conductivity.
  • ·         Thinnest strongest flexible and transparent material
  • ·         Great inertness and chemical stability
  • ·         Large and nonlinear Diamagnetism
Other than their outstanding properties, graphene has been extensively produced in different forms through various synthetic methods.

Exfoliation, Sonication, Centrifugation, Electrochemical synthesis, Tang-Lau Method  Langmuir-Blodgett method and several other means are employed to produce graphene in its various forms like HSMG, Bilayer graphene, Graphene Nano ribbons, graphene gyroid, aerogel, Exfoliated graphite nano-platelets, Germanene, Graphane, Graphyne, Phagraphene and so on.

Graphene finds its applications in electronic and energy industry sector due to its impressive electrical and thermal conductivity hence you can view its appearance in mobiles, solar cells, LED’s, touch panels, wearable devices, semiconductors, capacitors, home appliance manufacturers and several other electronic devices. Graphene also finds its applications in aerospace, automobile, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

The commercial applications and market of graphene is seen recently (2015-2017’s) after several debates and breakthrough’s in research and toxicity factor of graphene. Recent news on graphene states that they can be used as hair dyes. Finding applications from an electronic sector to the cosmetic sector, what’s the next industry sector in line for graphene to step foot in? Let’s explore at Smart Materials Meet 2018 at Dubai on April 19-20, 2018.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Materials for Health and Biomedicine

Semiconductor microelectronics showed huge advancements in 1970s, with the discovery of silica as the electronic material. Researchers like John Greenwood worked on silicon and glass for their application in micro fabrication or MEMS.  New classes of silicon and glass devices, including pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes were invented which were quickly adopted by the automotive industry, as well as the emergence of micro-valves, micro-pumps and gas/bio sensors, applicable in life science and other industrial applications. MEMS were utilized by HP, Canon and Epson companies to produce inkjet printers. Motorola and Bosch made MEMS Sensors and it followed with many other companies investing several dollars on MEMS for their products.


Though the MEMS market increased; the quality, production, size, volume, flexibility, competition and several other factors bought forward the replacement of silicon and glass with polymers. Polymers showed advantages like greater mechanical strain and less brittleness than silicon. Their thermal properties, biocompatibility and low cost also favoured them.

Though Silicon and glass are unlikely to become extinct they could soon be replaced by polymer alternatives in many applications.  New classes of liquid and dry film polymers are being developed by mixing with conductive, shape memory, photosensitive, piezoelectric, plastic magnet, electroactive, OSTE and polypyrrole elements. 

Such polymers or smart materials are opening opportunities in the biomedical engineering, stem cell therapy and life science fields particularly,  for example the lab on chip application, biomaterials, dental implants, artificial muscle actuators, invasive robotic microsurgery, actuators to stimulate tissue and bone growth, bio-sensors and ┬ÁTAS systems.

The journey of polymers from silicon is surely interesting. If you wish to recite such journeys of any smart materials or gain insights on them then join us at Smart Materials Meet 2018 at Dubai as a speaker or a delegate.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Market Demand and Value of Smart Materials

Graphene, carbon nanotubes, metamaterials and several other materials are the trending topics these days to read articles on and to do research but are they even in the market? If they are, what’s the demand and future of them?
According to the recent report from Research and Markets, the market of Smart materials is projected to grow at an annual rate of 9.94% from 2017 to 2023, reaching a total market size of $97.794 billion from $38.401 billion.

The one major drive for smart material market is the application of piezoelectric devices and solar devices across industries such as energy, consumer electronics and automobile. The investment in R&D of biomedical engineering institutes and hospitals for developing biomaterials, artificial organs and implants will significantly increase the demand for smart materials in the coming years.
According to the Market report; the major types of smart materials which may cause market hype are:
  • ·         Piezoelectric Materials
  • ·         Magneto strictive Materials
  • ·         pH sensitive  Materials
  • ·         Thermo responsive Materials
  • ·         Biomimetic Materials

The applications which may find major usage of these materials are:
  • ·         Dampers
  • ·         Heat transfer
  • ·         Actuators & motors
  • ·         Sensors

The End-user industries which will focus on these materials are:
  • ·         Automotive
  • ·         Aerospace and Defence
  • ·         Industrial
  • ·         Electrical and Electronics

Some of the Companies which have already taken a step are:
  • ·         KYOCERA Corporation
  • ·         CTS Corporation
  • ·         Channel Technologies Group, LLC
  • ·         APC International, Ltd.
  • ·         LORD Corporation
  • ·         TDK Corporation
  • ·         CeramTech GmbH

What are your thoughts on the market and scope of smart materials? Join us at 5th World Congress on Smart and Emerging Materials to project your thoughts on them to the intrigued students and researchers in the field of material science. Slots are open for everyone may it be a journalist, business reporter, market analyst or researcher.
The ideas to be projected and gained insights on are on the future prospects of smart and emerging materials. If you are interested to be a part of this glamorous meet at Dubai then write to us at or drop a line at Smart Materials Meet 2018 regarding your interest.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Future of Smart Materials

Materials have been shaping humankind since the civilization and are constantly undergoing revolution with the emerging trends in technology. What could be the novel emerging materials out there? What could possibly be the future of such materials?

In this blog let’s discover these emerged materials and what might be their future.
Heard of liquid nitrogen? Yes it’s used for preservation but heard of liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream? They are used for many temperature related applications like freezing foods to cooling down superconductors. They cause the fat and water particles of various ingredients in an ice cream to stay very small enabling the ice cream to have its creamy consistency.
Enamel is claimed to be the toughest material but have you heard about the bulk metallic glasses? The bulk metallic glasses generally referred as the amorphous alloys exhibit high strength and elasticity with extraordinary properties desirable for healthcare, automobile, space, defense and aeronautical sectors

Graphene, Nanotubes, Meta-materials, piezoelectric are few recent materials discovered and studied today. These smart materials have been emerging in a rapid manner covering applications in several areas and raising the market value.
Geographically it is reported that the smart material production, application, market share and growth rate is mainly noticed in these regions, from 2013 to 2017:
·         North America
·         Europe
·         China
·         Japan
·         Southeast Asia
·         India

The Smart Materials market competition was mainly focused on these products:
·         Graphene
·         Acs Material
·         2D Semiconductor
·         Nano Integris
·         Nanotube
·         Smart Structures
·         Piezoelectric Materials
·         Thermo Responsive Materials
·         Shape Memory Alloys
·         Polychromic, Chromogenic or Halochromic Materials

 The applications of these materials have been mainly observed in these areas:
·         Healthcare
·         Energy
·         Security and Defence
·         Smart Textiles
·         Smart Wearable Technology
·         Construction

Well that’s a wrap up here but if you wish to know about more such materials which have been making an impact or you have your own ideas then present yourself at the Smart Materials Meet 2018 on April 19-20, 2018 at Dubai, UAE