Innovations in Spider Silk, E-textiles, Flexible Sensors, Liquid Nanofiltration, Hydrogels, Thermally Insulative Tapes, and Specialty Chemicals

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Published: 12 Apr 2019

This issue of High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) profiles spider silk fibers that exhibit supercontraction, silk fibroin-carbon nanotube sheath fibers that can be used for e-textiles, capacitance measuring flexible sensors, motor concept for increasing electric vehicle driving range, chitosan from a fungal source, self-assembling membrane for nanofiltration, non-woven material derived from pineapple leaf fibers, smart crystals with dual electronic properties, hydrogels for extracting clean water from the atmosphere, controlled encapsulation process for smart drug development, self-adhesive tapes for providing thermal insulation, and bio-based chemicals derived from algae. 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. Key words: Spider silk fibers, humidity sensor, e-textiles, flexible sensors, capacitance measurement, electric vehicle, lightweight metal, fungal chitosan, vegetal chitosan, self-assembling membrane, nanofiltration, non-woven fibers, sustainable fibers, smart electronic crystals, power electronics, hydrogel, sustainable water generation, smart drugs, encapsulation, insulative tapes, building thermal insulation, bio-based chemicals, algae feedstock

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