Progress in many processes is stimulated by the innovation in Materials. Operational efficiency requires from materials to survive nowadays in conditions which only can be described as extreme. The development of new and or improved products or processes inevitably relies on innovation in materials.
Radical improvements in the performance and reliability of materials in extreme operational environments give companies the competitive edge in many high-value markets. The need for, and application of, those materials involve most sectors, including transport, the built environment, energy, manufacturing, electronics and health.
Contemporary engineering products ought to be designed to survive and provide long-term high performance under a broad spectrum of adverse conditions ranging from repetitive mechanical loading to nuclear irradiation and from high temperatures to living tissue environments. Surface coatings offer the possibility to deliver materials which can withstand such an extreme environments at market sustainable costs. Coatings are already widely used in industry and represent a market worth in excess of £10 billion per annum. However, there are areas where current materials and coatings fall short of new demands in terms of broadly defined durability; some of these are important for medical applications, for example, where resistance to bacteria and general biocompatibility and endurance are of concern.
It is timely therefore to overview policies, funding opportunities and actual innovation in materials science and technology. This forum aims to bring innovation on to the doorstep of the local business community and to look at the requirements and problems that need to be resolved to widen the scope of materials for improved products in the future.
This event is your opportunity to learn and to exchange ideas about key innovations and advances in materials for extreme environments. It is an occasion to speak with experts about your challenges with a view to developing practical solutions that meet your business expectations and development ideas.
For more information please visit the event website: https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/materials/imee/