Self cleaning textiles could improve PPE
Nelumbo nucifera, also known as the Sacred Lotus, is an aquatic plant prized for its beautiful flowers and uses in fine east-Asian cuisine. It’s also the namesake of the ‘lotus effect’, where water simply rolls straight off its hydrophobic skin. A material like this could find many uses, but in medicine is where real changes can be made. Here, Ben Smye, Head of Growth at Matmatch, highlights how self cleaning textiles ...
The imminent rise of antimicrobial materials
As the world is facing health and economic consequences brought on by a global pandemic, the emergence of new infectious agents has become a significant concern. Here, Christian Dianne Oro, Mechanical Engineer and Freelance Content Writer at Matmatch, explains what kind of antibacterial and antimicrobial materials to use to minimise the spread of any viruses.
Top five green materials for electronics
When going 'green' with electronic products, the goal is to minimise energy use and have less of an environmental impact than traditional electronics. This could mean less energy used while mining materials and manufacturing the device, or it could mean that lifetimeusage of the products made from these materials requires less energy. Here, Jordan Flagel, guest author at Matmatch, explains which green materials are t...
A greener planet with more sustainable materials
In modern history, the linear economy has been prevalent, with the input of raw materials for processing and use, followed by waste at the other end. As waste has piled up and as carbon emissions have instigated climate dangers, there is an increasing urgency to shift towards a circular economy. Here, Jordan Flagel, Guest Author at Matmatch, explains which materials to adopt in a circular economy.
What materials can bring the Hyperloop into reality?
Imagine being able to take a trip from New York to Washington, or from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf in 30 minutes? With the hyperloop, transportation might become so fast that no distance would ever be a problem. Here, Samir Jaber, content writer at materials database Matmatch, has given more insights about this futuristic transportation from a materials science perspective.
Emerging trends in automotive materials
The automotive industry is in the midst of a technological revolution characterised by the convergence of new digital technologies with traditional car manufacture. Most of the major industry players are investing in technologies to develop cars that are Autonomous, Connected, Electric and enable Shared mobility (ACES). Here, Kathie Atkinson, Guest Author at Matmatch, focuses on advances in automotive materials to address...
Shielding the Solar Orbiter against extreme heat
Last February, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter started a two-year journey to provide the first detailed pictures of the sun’s poles and insights about the never-before-observed magnetic environment that regulates the sun’s 11-year solar cycle. But how can a satellite move around the sun without burning?
The materials of Formula 1 racing
Formula 1 is quite unique. There are few other examples of sports where intense speed, high skill and engineering are intermixed so completely. So much so that the materials used on these cars are at the very limit of what’s possible in material science today. With new designs in the works to meet the new requirements of the 2022 series, Samir Jaber, Content Writer at materials database Matmatch, delves into the details of what materia...
Could stretchable electronics mimic human skin?
The days of the hard computer chip may be numbered with the growth in stretchable electronics. Covered in transistors and other semi-conducting elements, these rigid devices likewise render the devices in which they are found - our televisions, laptops and smartphones - similarly inflexible.
Discover the materials shaping our future
The materials search engine, Matmatch, has published a free-to-download whitepaper that provides insight into the rapidly developing smart materials market. The whitepaper, which is available from the Matmatch website, gives design engineers and product designers a glimpse into some of the most prevalent smart material technologies that could play a role in their future projects.
Will future iPhones be plated in gold?
Consumers got excited enough when the gold-coloured iPhone 5 was released in 2013. Things got even blingier for the Cupertino-based technology giant’s followers when rose gold devices hit the shelves in 2015. But does Apple have something even shinier in mind? Melissa Albeck, CEO of materials comparison website Matmatch, explores the potential future of the iPhone.