Materials and Process Innovations for Environmental, Energy, and Biomedical Applications

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Published: 6 Jul 2018

This issue of High-tech Materials TOE showcases a few breakthrough materials and process innovations for environmental, energy, and biomedical applications. To replace harmful plastics that negatively impact the environment with landfills, a recyclable material has been showcased for use in adhesive packaging. To replace toxic surfactants that are used in the cosmetics industry, a surfactant-free nanoemulsion production process has been highlighted. Another innovative inkjet printing technology is discussed, which would enhance the printability of electronics on soft substrates, mainly body tissues. A graphene enhanced rubber with excellent mechanical integrity and flex properties for use in footwear has been showcased in this issue. Finally, a novel material to enhance the energy capacity of Li-on batteries have also been discussed 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: Lithium-ion batteries, graphene, microelectrode arrays, post-consumer recycled materials, nanoemulsions

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