Town Meeting - Materials Scarcity and Security of Supply
16 March 2011, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AF
The Science and Technology Group of Materials UK held a Town Meeting on Wednesday 16 March at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London.
The aim of the Town meeting was to consult with the materials supply chain and community on the issue of Materials Scarcity.
There has already been much debate on the subject of critical materials supply both in the UK and the European Union. The materials community has a vital role to play in driving this work forward and developing technological solutions which will ensure that the UK will remain at the forefront of global materials science and technology.
The debate with the materials community began at last December's Materials KTN Building on Success event and which the following key points were raised:
- There is a need to understand exactly which materials are critical and in which applications.
- What is the exact timescale for the exhaustion of existing and future raw materials supply?
- Where does recycling become the economically viable option?
- What new processes for recycling and recovery of materials need to be developed and should incentives be offered to encourage adoption?
- Does the UK have the recycling infrastructure and capability to undertake the necessary materials recycling?
- What research is needed to develop recycling technology and effective materials substitution?
- Should business solve this issue or is it a matter for the Government?
- There is a need to design products for recycling. Does the design community have a role to play in making the use of recycled materials more acceptable in the marketplace?
- Will different sourcing models be needed in the future?
- What is the role of innovation in addressing this challenge?
The town meeting aimed to address some of these issues in order to feeback to UK Government and Technology Strategy Board.
The report of the Town Meeting is now available for download on the Materials KTN site for comment at
Nanotechnology - A UK Industry View
14th January 2010, BIS Conference Centre, London
The Mini-IGT launched their report on Nanotechnology at this event held at the BIS Conference Centre. Presentations from the event are available for download in PDF format below.
The report can be downloaded here (PDF 1.3MB)
Dr Matthew Thornton, Materials KTN
Background & Industry Consultation PDF 317KB
Dr Barry Park, Nanotechnology KTN
Recommendations PDF 229KB
Dr Robin Young, Materials KTN
UK Nanotechnology Industry in 2020 PDF 365KB
Jeremy Ramsden, Chair of Nanotechnology, Cranfield University
The academic nanotechnology research landscape - the UK in a global context PDF 226KB
Dr Paul Reip, Director, Government and Strategic Programmes, Intrinsiq Materials
Advanced Applications for Inorganic Nanomaterials PDF 1MB
Dr Daniel Lynch, Technical Director, Exilica Ltd
µ-Sq beads - Small things can change the world PDF 818KB
Dr Alan Smith, Managing Director, AZ-TECH
Impact of Nanotechnology in the Market Place PDF 5.6 MB
Materials KTN Annual Meeting 2009 - Materials for a Safer World
Thursday 23rd April 2009,
Church House Conference Centre, London
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held it's 2009 Annual Meeting on Thursday 23rd April 2009 at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London.
The theme for this year's event was "Materials for a Safer World" and was be centred around materials for Defence, Security and Healthcare applications.
Presentations from the event are now available in the members area of the Materials KTN web site www.materialsktn.net
UK Power Generation Supply Chain Status - Dissemination Event
1st May 2008
NAMTEC, Swinden House, Rotherham
Following the successful launch of the Strategic Research Agenda for Energy Materials, Materials UK, with the support of meta4 , the metals and alloys node of the Materials KTN, held a dissemination event on the status of the supply chains for the UK Power Generation Sector.
The workshop was held at the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC), Rotherham, on the 1st May
At the event the findings of a report commissioned by the Energy Materials Working Group of Materials UK: "The Mapping of Materials Supply Chains in the UK's Power Generation Sector" were presented.
The supply chain mapping document which was formally launched at the event is available on the energy materials page as are downloadable copies of the presentations given on the day.
Materials KTN Annual General Meeting 2008 - Materials in the Space Age – A Universe of Opportunities
24th April 2008
Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held its 2008 Annual Meeting at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London on Thursday 24th April.
The theme of the event was "Materials in the Space Age – A Universe of Opportunities"
Presentations from the event are now available for download below.
|Welcome and Introduction, Bernie Rickinson, Materials KTN
Keynote Lecture - Overview of Importance of Materials for Space:
Dr Constantinos Stavrinidis, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, TEC-M, European Space Agency ESTEC
From Low Gravity to High Gravity - Technology Transfer Works
Profesor Tony Anson, Brunel University.
Materials KTN – Operations Report
Dr Robert Quarshie, Operations Director, Materials KTN
Materials KTN – Forward Strategy
Professor Patrick Grant, Executive Director, Faraday Advance, Materials KTN
Strategy for Advanced Materials in the UK
Dr Alan Hooper, Lead Technologist,Technology Strategy Board
Session A -Materials for Space Applications
Trends in Materials Requirements in Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms
Dr Torben Henriksen – TEC-M, structures Div, European Space Agency
New Materials Technologies for Structures and Mechanisms
Alan Culverhouse, Astrium
Smart and Functional Materials Requirements in Nano-Spacecraft Design.
Dr Johan Kohler – TEC-M, micro-nano mechatronics Div., European Space Agency
Materials Technologies for Robotics and Small Spacecraft.
Dr Adam Baker, Surrey Satellite Techology Limited
Challenges for Components and Materials in the Space Environment: Christopher Semprimoschnig, TEC-Q, Materials and process Div., European Space Agency
|New Materials Technologies for Surviving the Space Environment
Dr Berend Winter, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Session B - Materials for Space Age Consumer Products and Living Space -
Touchy- Feely Composites for Robonauts
Astronauts and Snowboarders
David Lussey, Peratech
|Designing in Polymer Molecular Space
|Living with Electromagnetic Field
Andrew Williams, Building Research Establishment
|Conducting Form - The use of Spatial Canvas
Tavs Jorgensen, University College Falmouth
|Creating Space for Coatings
Keith Harrison, Sulzer Metco
|Biomimetics: Learning from nature for industrial sustainability
Dr Richard Bonser
Centre for Biomimetics, University of Reading
|The Changing Face of Victrex PEEK Polymers
Dave Adkin, Victrex
|Novel Materials - New Space Age Materials from the Realm of Science Fiction
Robert Frith, Superblue Design
|High Speed Composite Production
David Skertchly, Caparo VT
Strategic Materials in the Energy and Aerospace Industries
Wednesday 6th February 2008, Swinden House Conference Centre, Rotherham
Meta4, part of the Materials KTN, is holding a workshop on ‘Strategic Materials - (Materials at Risk)’ in the Energy and Aerospace Industries. The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate debate on the attributes of strategic materials and ultimately to record an inventory of materials essential to economic growth and sustainability in key industry sectors in the UK. Outputs will also include a “risk register” relating to the strategic materials identified.
The workshop will include presentations from industrial and academic specialists (including representatives from Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Alstom), who will provide an overview of their sector leading to a facilitated discussion on the drivers and impacts on strategic materials supply over the next 20 years or so, where delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing their organisations. The output of these discussions will be recorded and addressed in the Strategic Materials review being written by Meta4, which will be published by the 31st March 2008.
The presentations and outcomes from this meeting will be available here shortly.
Materials R&D Challenges in House Building - Community Meeting
Tuesday 3rd July 2007, Department of Trade and Industry, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London
A community meeting was held on the 3rd July and the DTI offices to discuss R&D Challenges in Housing. Full details of the meeting are to be found on the Construction page
Materials KTN Annual Meeting - Making a Difference with Materials
Tuesday 24th April 2007, Central Westminster Hall, Storey's Gate London
Celebrating the first year of the Materials KTN, this event will celebrate and showcase the activities of the Materials KTN and where the KTN and its Node's are making a difference in materials.
The presentations from this event are now available of the Materials KTN Site for download.
Materials KTN and Scottish Enterprise Event
Advanced Materials is one of the Key Technology Areas supported by the DTI Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The strategies, developed in consultation with business, are set out in the TSB publication “Developing UK Capability”.
The Technology Strategy Board has a vision for the UK to be seen as a global leader in innovation achieved through focus on those areas where the UK has the greatest capacity to develop and exploit technology.
The Materials KTN and Scottish Enterprise is arranging a networking event on 21 February 2007 in Glasgow to raise awareness of the TSB priorities for Advanced Materials and to share examples of what the Materials Community is doing to accelerate innovation in the UK. The objective is to engage with the key users of materials, primary producers, processors, fabricators, designers, researchers, and academics.
Event Venue: Scottish Enterprise, 5 Atlantic Quay 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU
Timings: 10 am until 4:45pm
Presentations from the event are available on the Materials KTN web site
Materials Community Event - Thursday 25th January 2007
Materials UK held a "Community Meeting" on Thursday 25th January 2007 to give an update on progress in implementing the recommendations of the Materials Innovation and Growth Team Report, which was published in March 2006.
The programme for the day is shown below. The presentations are available for download.
“What Can Materials Do for Me?”
THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2007
DTI CONFERENCE CENTRE
1 VICTORIA STREET
||Registration & Coffee
Welcome and introduction, Wyn Jones, Chairman, Materials UK
PDF ( 500KB)
Mat UK Progress Report and Forward Plan, David Bott, CEO, Materials UK
What can Materials do for me?
Providing Solutions for Energy Generation and Use
Professor Allan Jones, Head of Research and Development, E.ON UK
PDF ( 6.7MB)
Developing a Sustainable World
Dr Richard Miller, Miller-Klein Associates
PDF ( 7.2MB)
Driving Innovation in Design. Clare Johnston, Head of the Textile Department, Royal College of Art
PDF ( 3.3MB)
Working Group Presentations
Education and Skills, Dr David Pulling
Materials for Energy, Dr Derek Allen
PDF ( 7.5MB)
Materials for Construction, Philip Ramsey
PDF ( 253KB)
Science & Technology, Professor Graham Davies
PDF ( 2.6MB)
||Mat UK Strategy - Panel Session/Q&A - Wyn Jones, David Bott, Board Members
||Summary - Wyn Jones
Science & Technology Town Meeting - Thursday 14th December
Science & Technology – The Way Forward?
The Science & Technology Working Group has undergone many evolutionary changes since its formation as the Materials Foresight panel in 1993. Now under the banner of Materials UK, it aims to drive forward the science & technology agenda for materials in the UK.
A Town Meeting was held at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace on London on Thursday 14th December to discuss the future strategy for the Working Group and for materials.
The presentations from this meeting are available for download on the Science & Technology home Page