What is the stuff of the future? What kind of new and innovative materials do we currently develop? Together with Marleen Kamperman (Wageningen University), Jouke Verlinden (TU Delft) and Tjeerd Veenhoven (designer) we explore the current developments of the material world by presenting their work. Furthermore, we will get an insight on how important these new materials are for the future of the world and more specific, Europe.
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Europe is faced by many challenges, which are of great concern to scientists all over the continent. Europe by People invites renowned scientists and artists to talk about threats and solutions in their own field of expertise and about topics that involve society as a whole.
Tonight, we will talk about the future of stuff with, among others, professor Marleen Kamperman. She will share how fascinating nature can be when it comes to materials of the future. In nature, many animals such as geckos, mussels, and tubeworms have developed adhesive systems for controlled locomotion or strong permanent attachment. Inspired by these systems, we develop new reversible adhesive surfaces and underwater adhesives. Marleen Kamperman will give an overview of the different approaches explored in her lab.
Furthermore, we explore the differences between materials and structures. Can we enable different types of behaviors by digitally tweaking compositions? Robotics, 3D printing and interactive technologies can empower us to create better products. Not just by printing shapes, but by using parameterized, optimized structures. Jouke Verlinden is fascinated how the digital and physical meet – in particular when considering human-centered digital fabrication. One example is the 3D printed bridge from MX3D, where he acts as principal investigator.
Tjeerd Veenhoven will share his work with materials. New forms, constructions and functions of materials arise through his experiments with existing materials, wherein he heats, melts and combines existing material. One of his experiments are foamtiles, which have a high insulation value and can be placed on walls and floors.
Are you curious about the materials of the future? Tonight, we invite you to learn more about current projects in this field of research.