Innovation & Design

About Material Innovation


Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, and sensory surfaces are redefining our environments and transforming our way of life.

In the regularly updated Material Innovation section, Andrew H. Dent, vice-president of library and materials research at Material ConneXion, introduces a new material innovation. Each update will explain the importance of the material, from those that are brand new to those showing a quantifiable improvement over the status quo (stronger, lighter, more sustainable). Dent will also outline what it has been developed for, suggest other conceivable applications, and explain how it fits into the current landscape of materials.

New York-based Material ConneXion is the leading global platform for material innovations and solutions. Built on the belief that "every idea has a material solution," the company advises Fortune 500 corporations, smaller forward-thinking companies, and government agencies seeking a competitive edge through strategic material selections. An international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials and their potential uses. Its book, Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World was recently published by Thames & Hudson.


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