28–29 March 2018 at The Principal Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester
This workshop looks at how enzyme-based industrial biotechnology can provide routes to multifunctional materials, enhancing product functionality through incorporation of natural or engineered biological components, or by enabling advanced manufacturing processes.
Multifunctional materials enhance overall operational performance by incorporating a number of tailorable properties into a single material element. Multifunctional materials outperform their conventional counterparts by combining additional functionalities, such as electrical, optical, self-healing, sensing, thermal, antimicrobial and biocidal, adhesion control properties. Typically, multifunctional engineering materials are composites providing both structural and non-structural properties, for example incorporating electrically conducting fibres into a matrix to create structural electronic components. Many examples can also be found of natural multifunctional materials, such as nanostructured insect wings which provide both anti-reflective and anti-wetting properties. Multifunctionality offers many potential advantages such as by reducing size, weight, energy consumption, and cost, while simplifying implementation and improving performance and durability.