UKINNOVATION UK107 Exciting materials developments are being advanced in the UK to produce the next stage of technological break-throughs such as the newly proposed re- entry module, the development of which would allow two- hour flights from Europe to Australia. Skils and attitudes Innovation goes much further than supporting and strengthening scientific research and development, a fact demonstrated by the activities of the Materials KTN. Through its initiatives, designed to help accelerate the rate of industrial innovation, the KTN is also helping to equip young people with many vital skills and attitudes for innovation, including problem- solving, curiosity, interrogation skills and multi- disciplinary teamwork. The KTN has shown, on many occasions, that when multi-disciplinary teams from across materials science, technol-ogy, design and the arts tackle a problem together, the solutions they come up with are very different to those that emerge from groups of experts in the same field. The Materials KTN is committed to building on its suc-cesses in connecting UK business and academia and help-ing to catalyse their efforts to accelerate innovation with materials. The Materials KTN has about 9,000 members from across a wide range of industry sectors and aca-demic specialism. The KTN has brought together under one umbrella materials- related knowledge networks covering a wide range of materials, such as polymers, advanced composites, ceramics, technical textiles, natu-ral materials and metals. It also covers materials- related technologies, such as rapid manufacturing, near net shape and powder processing, surface engineering and smart materials and structures. The KTN has wide coverage of sustainable materials for applications in transport, packaging and energy generation, storage and supply. In partnership with key design organisations, the Materials KTN has developed comprehensive support for product designers to learn more about materials. The result so far is an active interaction with more than 1,200 individual product designers. Dr Quarshie is convinced that the creative use of advanced materials by product designers, manufacturing engineers and technologists is the key to innovations in fields ranging from low- carbon developments to healthcare. For more details, visit: Website: www. materialsktn. net Materials Knowledge Transfer Network Materials materials ktn
108INNOVATION UKINNOVATION Materials Nanoforce technology ltd Nanoforce Technology: Partner for the Development of Advanced and High Performance Materials World- leading advanced materials processing company with a focus on the development of processing routes that can be commercialised by industry What is Nanoforce? Nanoforce Technology is a spin- out company from the Department of Materials, Queen Mary, University of Lon-don. It was set up as a part of the Micro and Nanotech-nology ( MNT) Network funded by the Department of Trade and Industry ( now the Technology Strategy Board) and the London Development Agency. Its remit is to develop micro and nano technologies and to disseminate the results to industry and academia for the development of new products and processes. Nanoforce specialises in technology projects either supported directly by industry or a combination of industrial funding with state sup-port. It has experience of working for high- profile sin-gle clients and supporting consortium- based European Framework and Technology Strategy Board projects. What Nanoforce ofers to its clients Nanoforce Technology excels in high- quality research and development in materials science and technology. Its close relationship with academia allows the company to have access to a vast array of expertise in the field. The company focuses on micro and nano technologies, which permits the use of a bottom- up approach to engi-neering problems through the control of the physical and chemical properties of materials from the atomic scale. Supported by its high- quality researchers as well as state- of- the- art processing, analytical and physical test-ing equipment, Nanoforce is able to provide materials solutions for industry and academia. Our approach and equipment enable us to bridge the gap between labora-tory and industrial production. Nanoforce's core competences Nanoforce provides solutions to clients' needs in technol-ogies related to polymer processing, ceramics processing, coating and printing, electrospinning ( including electro-spun nanofibre webs), process modelling and materials characterisation.