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The Future of Materials: Self-healing Polymers and Glass

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The Future of Materials: Self-healing Polymers and Glass


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In light of complex challenges such as climate change and sustainable development, the lifetime extension of materials and products is vital for reducing the rate at which natural resources are utilised within production systems. This is especially relevant to products and structures within the construction industry due to their high value and extended lifespan. One solution for this is self-healing materials, a technology that can deliver durability and longevity through their inherent ability to repair themselves, increasing both structural and aesthetic resilience.

Within this webinar, you will hear from the ESPRC funded consortium Manufacturing Immortality, a multidisciplinary research collaboration between seven UK universities: the University of Bristol, University of Exeter, Heriot-Watt University, Lancaster University, The University of Manchester, Northumbria University Newcastle and Sheffield Hallam University.

Over the lifetime of this 3-year project, these universities have worked together to develop new compositions of self-healing materials, as well as examine the feasibility and environmental implications of manufacturing and designing with this technology.

In this interactive webinar, they will not only showcase the various bio-inspired and bio-integrated self-healing polymers and glasses they have developed but also discuss the opportunities that these might offer to the construction industry through a facilitated round table discussion. This will be concluded with a Q&A session from the audience, so please do come along ready to contribute and explore the topic of self-healing materials for the built environment.

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    Professor Fiona Charnley Professor in Circular Economy @ University of Exeter

    A background in Industrial Design, Fiona has established herself as a thought leader in the Circular Economy. Working at the interface of Design, Innovation and Manufacture she has extensive experience collaborating with industry to identify new methods to design, innovation and business models.

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    Professor Justin Perry Professor of Chemistry @ Northumbria University Newcastle

    Justin is a chemist within the faculty of Health and Life Sciences working in the cross disciplinary Applied Sciences department covering the chemical and biological sciences. His career has a strong interdisciplinary approach to research with emphasis on applied research for industrial clients.

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    Professor Paul Race Professor of Biological Chemistry @ University of Bristol

    Paul is a biochemist whose research focuses on the exploitation and manipulation of enzyme complexes, pathways and networks, en route to the development of new tools, technologies and products for biotechnology. This is underpinned by fundamental studies of natural systems

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    Professor Paul A Bingham Professor of Glasses and Ceramics @ Sheffield Hallam University

    Paul is a materials engineer who conducts research, industrial engagement and consultancy in the fields of glasses, ceramics, energy and the environment. Throughout his career he has worked closely with industry to apply the outputs of his research in the real world applications and products.