MMH.20.002 – From molecule to application: Next generation smart materials for predictive and active performance

Route: Materials - Made in Holland

Cluster question: 120 Can we design smart materials and structures that have new and advanced properties?

The key for answering societal challenges in energy, mobility, construction, communication, food, healthcare and sustainability is novel and smart materials with advanced properties and active functions. The ability of a product to address a societal need is dependent on material properties, product design, manufacturing steps and utilization. This is driven by inherent interaction between the material micro-structure, morphology, processing steps and impact of use conditions. Creating successful products requires a new philosophy: knowledge gain across the entire chain (from material composition to product design, manufacturing towards use case) and a switch from a traditional design, limited to a 3D space to an out-of-the-box mindset taking time axis into consideration. Currently the morphology and microstructure are designed and processed up-front making it static with limiting functionality. Materials with controllable morphology and properties over time enable active and programmable functions for actuators, sensors and functionally integrated systems, where the material becomes the system. The key enabler of this new philosophy is unravelling and delineating chemistry, physics and mechanics laws driving interactions between nano & micro-structure and morphology, their time evolution, processing steps and behavior of a product under different conditions. We lay out a blueprint for gaining knowledge via integrating experimental analysis, theoretical understanding and predictive constitutive modelling across the entire material chain. This will enable discovery and engineering of smart, advanced materials with active functions, predictable product performance and lifetime. It will also enable a ‘drawing board-based’ design instead of currently used time-intensive empirical studies. We focus on multifunctional, intelligent 4D metamaterials, multimaterials, synthetic and bioengineered materials for food, healthcare, additive manufacturing, sustainability, photonics, integrated microdevices and intelligent devices.
Persons involved: Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, M. Geers; Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Stimuli-responsive functional materials and devices, A. Schenning; Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry, R. Sijbesma; Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Self organizing soft matter, I. Voets; Electrical Engineering, Electro-Optical Communication Systems, O. Raz; Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Membrane Materials and Processes, A. Forner-Cuenca; Applied Physics, Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics, J. Gomez Rivas; Built Environment, Building Materials, J. Brouwers; Built Environment, Concrete structures, S. Lucas; POTENTIALLY [tbc] DSM, Tata Steel, ASML, OCE, Materials innovation Institute, DPI, TNO, Wageningen University, Philips


3D printed integrated electronics, 3D printing, adaptive materials, additive manufacturing, bio-based materials, biomaterials, biomimetic materials, composites, dynamical and mechanical metamaterials, food printing, micro-robotics, multi-functional and intelligent 4-dimensional materials, nanostructured materials, photonics, polymers, predictive modeling, self-assembling materials, smart implants, Smart materials, sustainable energy

Other organisations

ASML, DPI, Materials innovation Institute, OCE, Philips, POTENTIALLY [tbc] DSM, Tata Steel, TNO, Wageningen Universities and Research (WUR)


Organisation Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Technology group (TU/e)
Name Prof. dr. Patrick D. Anderson