New Materials


One of the most dominant trends we have found in the discourse on sustainability is that we need to evaluate materials in a life cycle design perspective. Instead of being treated with the current attitude of “use once and throw away”, materials should be seen as valuable resources.

Curiously, concepts such as ‘waste’ and ‘pollution’ do not exist in nature. In natural ecosystems everything has a purpose and can be (re)used for something else, which points to the idea of waste as a man-made and even self-inflicted problem. So in the discussion on new material, redefining the concept of waste is the greatest design challenge for the near future.



Aerogel


Nanotechnology Materials

Nanotechnology is material design so small that the materiality disappears and only the property remains - ie materials without materiality! Using nanotechnology, we can develop materials with enhanced or novel properties. An example is stain resistant windows and air-cleaning ceramic tiles.



Mycileum composite


Composites

In its simplest form, a composite comprises two or more materials which together have stronger properties. Hence, we can obtain qualities that in some cases are impossible to match with traditional materials. For example, we work with biocomposites, which are made entirely of biological materials such as flax fiber and soybeans. They are an environmentally sound alternative to traditional building materials such as fiberglass and aluminum.



Thermochromatic film


Intelligent Materials

Intelligent materials are also called responsive materials because they react to their surroundings. You can change the properties by changes in temperature, humidity, acid value, electricity or magnetism. An example is the thermochromic materials that change color and transparency at varying temperatures. It is used in self-regulating car windows where it regulates the incoming light.


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