NanoKTN, the organisation which helps research and industry come together through knowledge and experience transfers, is to host its third Nano4Design workshop later this month.
The event, covering nano-enabled sustainable design, will be held in Central St Martins College of Arts and Design in London on 29 November and will feature presentations from industrial professionals and academics on current advances in sustainable product design.
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.”
Kemp said the workshop would highlight the new developments in sustainable product design, 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’, in the form of 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.
The 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”.