Advanced Materials - Recap 8 September 2020.

Future Forum by BMW Welt Advanced Materials
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We know that the future will confront us with new temperature conditions, overpopulation, environmental pollution and bacterial and viral threats. But it also opens up new dimensions of connectivity and automation – and new materials meet these challenges with smart solutions. At this FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt event, we explored with our guests a range of advanced and intelligent materials, and their development and use in various sectors such as architecture, fashion and urban planning. We invited Lisa Lang, Entrepreneur, technologist and Founder of “The Power House”, Mark Miodownik, Best-selling Author and Materials Scientist, and Prof. Chris Eberl, Deputy Director, Fraunhofer IWM, to discuss and discover future materials.

Lisa Lang gives some fascinating examples how textiles and new materials did develop in the past and will do in the future questioning “What are we going to wear on Mars?”. In the future, clothing will not only cover us, but protect us from harmful environmental influences, such as UV and electromagnetic radiation.

Mark Miodownik is an awarded scientist, who has been researching and writing about animate materials for a long time now. It is “a set of materials that are not inert.” These materials will change color or texture and are able to respond to the environment. They know what to do, almost “like a living system.”

Prof. Chris Eberl. talks about smart textiles, responsive materials and shape morphing materials, and how there are various stages of development that give materials new, additional functions. Today, smart materials are already offering new functionalities due to the integration of sensors and technology. In the future, functionalities will be directly inscribed into material structures and surfaces will be enriched with new system functions.

If you want to get to know more about Advanced Materials, watch the recording of the whole event here.

 

Lisa Lang gives some fascinating examples how textiles and new materials did develop in the past and will do in the future questioning “What are we going to wear on Mars?”. In the future, clothing will not only cover us, but protect us from harmful environmental influences, such as UV and electromagnetic radiation.

Mark Miodownik is an awarded scientist, who has been researching and writing about animate materials for a long time now. It is “a set of materials that are not inert.” These materials will change color or texture and are able to respond to the environment. They know what to do, almost “like a living system.”

Prof. Chris Eberl. talks about smart textiles, responsive materials and shape morphing materials, and how there are various stages of development that give materials new, additional functions. Today, smart materials are already offering new functionalities due to the integration of sensors and technology. In the future, functionalities will be directly inscribed into material structures and surfaces will be enriched with new system functions.

If you want to get to know more about Advanced Materials, watch the recording of the whole event here.

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Future Forum by BMW Welt Lisa Lang

Lisa Lang is a European entrepreneur, technologist and international keynote speaker. She has gained recognition as one of Forbes Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech, top 100 most influential people in wearable tech worldwide, one of 25 leaders in fashion and technology worldwide, and has been listed as one of the 50 most important women for innovation & startups in the EU.

Lisa Lang a direct adviser for fashion, technology and entrepreneurship for the European Commission. Since 2019 she’s the lead mentor for the new course of digital fashion at Polimoda Florence. With ElektroCouture, World’s #1 Haute-Couture FashionTech Studio, Lisa has celebrated great success with her glowing and highly innovative garments. International museums like Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the national museum in Stuttgart, Germany as well as Google Art&Culture have honoured her work with exhibitions.

In 2017, she started a FashionTech Agency called ThePowerHouse (TPH) in growing demand from companies searching for educational workshops, prototypes and needs for consultation on FashionTech. TPH has worked with brands like CHANEL, LVMH, Deutsche Telekom, SIEMENS. The agency is currently focusing on new concepts of fashion and technology innovation, consulting well-renowned institutions like Polimoda, FIT New York and CENTRO Mexico.

Now living in the wonderful city of Porto, Portugal, Lisa Lang is now focusing on her new venture - OFundamentO, a manufacturing company specialised in FashionTechnology products.

Future Forum by BMW Welt Christoph Eberl

Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl is deputy institute director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM and head of the Chair of Micromechanics and Mechanics of Materials at the University of Freiburg. Together with his team, he is researching the experimental characterization of deformation and degradation mechanisms in materials. The focus is on nano and microstructural materials and components as well as the complex mechanical properties of biomaterials. In order to improve the physical understanding of scaling and size effects of the active mechanisms in these materials, his group has developed new measurement methods for mechanical characterization and reliability evaluation. The aim is to make modern high-tech materials usable in a sustainable and reliable way. Chris Eberl was elected scientific coordinator of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials in 2018 and has performed many tasks regarding scientific management.

Future Forum by BMW Welt Mark Miodownik

Mark is an engineer and materials scientist. He is the Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. His research lab is based in the Mechanical Engineering Department of UCL. His research areas include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials, psychophysical properties of materials. He is part of the Thomas Young Centre.

Mark is the Director of the Institute of Making which is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC tv programmes including the series How It Works for BBC4, the Genius of Invention, Wonderstuff  Dara O'Briain's Science Club for BBC2 and most recently Chef cs Science for BBC4. Mark was  included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in UK science. In 2013 he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal and his book Stuff Matters. Stuff Matters was the winner of the US National Academies 2015 Communication Award and Royal Society Winton Book Prize 2014

It is also the winner of the Physics World Book of the Year 2014 and a New York Times Best Seller