Material Innovations Spanning Across Industries

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Published: 4 May 2018

This issue of High Tech Materials covers some of the trending technologies globally such as conductive polymers, encapsulation, and smart packaging. An innovative conducting polymer has been highlighted, which can be used to construct thin electrically conductive coatings for electronics applications. An encapsulation technology capable of protecting fragrance oils in cosmetic formulations has also been captured. As seawater purification is becomes a popular technology, a reverse osmosis membrane has been profiled, which would be able to extract valuable materials such as lithium from sea water. To minimize food waste, a sensor that can sense the shelf life of food and its worth of consumption in real time has been highlighted in this issue. An artificial elastomer capable of being synthesized into artificial muscles and smart skin has also found special mention in this issue. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Conductive polymers, encapsulation, reverse osmosis membranes, smart skin, chemical sensors

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