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Workshop for nano-enabled sustainable design

Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) : 15 November, 2012  (Company News)
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces its third Nano4Design Workshop to be sponsored by and hosted at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London on 29 November 2012.

This workshop is aimed at all product designers looking for new sustainable technologies and strategies to respond to the ever increasing need to provide sustainable product solutions. This event is a unique opportunity for designers, materials scientists, and engineers developing or looking for sustainable solutions in product design to hear new ideas, interact and network with peers and meet technology providers and academia working in this space.

Workshop presentations will be delivered from key industrial and academic professionals on the current advances in sustainable product design including Prof Mizi Fan from Brunel University who will discuss the use of natural materials such as nanocellulose as a sustainable alternative to existing materials and coatings.

One way that buildings can be more sustainable is reduced energy consumption for heating and air conditioning, and presentations from Solaveil and PCM Products will discuss respectively solar control of glazing using advanced printing, and phase change materials for thermal management. Speakers from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design will discuss environmental remediation through the use of advanced fabrics and building materials for carbon capture.
Sustainable design also covers the in-service environmental impact of buildings, structures and components, and Polyphotonics will address the important area of sensing and detection using low cost flexible electronics.

Dr Martin Kemp, Theme Manager at NanoKTN, explained, “Sustainability is now a key driver in product design and nanotechnology is helping to deliver new materials, techniques and approaches to realise sustainable design in a wide range of diverse application markets from architecture to cars, aircraft to fashion, and electronic devices to alternative technology. Whole life cycle analysis is also now an important issue in the realm of product design, and in some markets, such as automotive, is enforced by regulation such as the end-of life vehicle Directive.”
“This workshop will highlight the new developments in sustainable product design and offer delegates the ideal opportunity to exchange information, raise awareness of market needs, and help the further commercialisation of nanotechnology innovations that maximise benefits to humans and the environment while minimising risks.”

The Technology Strategy Board will also be presenting the latest funding call for the Government’s ‘circular economy’, a grant funding competition for feasibility studies into the re-design of products, components and systems to retain material within the economy over several cycles of use.  This competition aims to stimulate innovation in design to address two high-level challenges of reducing the global environmental impact of materials that we use, and reducing dependence on key raw materials, the supply of which is potentially at risk.

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