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Materials Innovation Service

Material Innovation Service
Material Innovation Service.
Image Credit: Scottish Enterprise.

Scotland has an impressive capability in the area of advanced materials. These cutting edge technologies include everything from smart packaging and coatings to metal alloys and composites. There is potential for almost every sector to take advantage of these ground breaking technologies.

The recently launched Scottish Enterprise Material Innovation Service is available to help Scottish companies identify and adopt new and emerging advanced materials technologies, spot commercial opportunities, find the right collaboration partners and access relevant support services.

Extensive research by Scottish Enterprise in the area of advanced materials has identified significant growth in a number of areas. These include:
• Smart packaging (films, inks and chemical markers for product integrity)
• Composite materials
• Electronic functional materials (with emphasis on low-carbon applications)
• Biomaterials, textiles and hybrids for sustainable construction
• Coatings and surface treatments
• Materials for batteries and fuel cells (titanium metal oxides and alloys, zinc-air, lithium sulphur and lithium-air electro-chemistries, platinum replacements and polymer membranes)
• Metals and alloys

You can find out more by downloading and reading the Opportunities in Advanced Materials foresighting report.

In addition, Scottish Enterprise has also announced an Advanced Materials Funding Competition. Proposals are being sought from Scottish-based organisations with ideas to develop and commercialise advanced materials technologies to the economic benefit of Scotland. If you have an idea the application process is relatively simple and submissions can be made by completing an online form.

The Institute of Nanotechnology is the Scottish Enterprise delivery partner for the Materials Innovation Service. You can access the Materials Innovation Service via the page on the Scottish Enterprise website, or Contact the IoN directly to find out more about the service.

Alternatively, you can meet the Material Innovation Service project team face to face at the forthcoming Scottish Technology Showcase on the 12th June 2012 at the SECC in Glasgow. Staff from the Material Innovation Service will be available at stand no.42 and will be happy to discuss your needs with you there and then.

Source: Institute of Nanotechnology /...

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