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Volume 2 2022


Innovative Materials is an interactive, digital magazine about new and/or innovative applied materials in civil engineering sector, construction, architecture and design.

SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 From straw to toilet paper

Straw has recently been processed into high-quality fiber pulp in Germany. The Mannheim factory of the Swedish hygiene and health company Essity is therefore the first and only company in Europe to produce hygiene products such as toilet paper and kitchen rolls from wheat straw.

Instantly from CO2 to solid carbon

Australian researchers have developed a smart and super-efficient way to convert carbon dioxide into solid carbon. The process works with liquid metal.

Lotus-effect: self-cleaning bioplastics

Inspired by the always immaculate lotus leaf, scientists at RMIT University have developed an innovative self-cleaning bioplastic that is sturdy, durable and compostable, while also repelling liquids and dirt. The study was published in Science of the Total Environment. According to RMIT PhD student Mehran Ghasemlou, lead author of the study, the new bioplastic could be ideal for fresh food and takeout packaging.

Piezoelectric switching with transparency

American scientists have discovered and described unique properties of a specific class of materials. The material lead-indium-manganate-lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PIMPMNPT) - belongs to the family of piezoelectric materials.

ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2022

With more than 100,000 votes early this year, ArchDaily presented the winners of the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2022 on February 17. The champions of this crowdsourced architecture award were chosen by ArchDaily readers who selected the fifteen best put together, in fifteen different categories

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SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 Domsteen: bricks made of residual cathedral tower material Together with brick manufacturer Wienerberger, Brokkenmákers (specialized in circular projects) and New Horizon (active in the field of urban mining and circularity) have developed a special brick from residual material, processing it into so-called Domsteen. These bricks are made of rubble and grit of the Dom cathedral tower in Utrecht.

Turning waste into railroad counterweight and garden tiles

Team CORE from Eindhoven University of Technology has developed a new installation that converts waste streams such as fly ash, sludge and shredder residue into an artificial replacement for basalt, using a smelter installation that could go up to 1450 °C.

Cellulose Fibre Innovation Award(s) 2022

During the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, 2 - 3 February 2022 in Cologne, the innovation awards ‘Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022’ has been granted for innovations in the cellulose fibre industry.

Ceramic patches: no needle anxiety ever more

MyLife Technologies BV (Leiden) is working on an innovative delivery technology for vaccines via ceramic vaccine patches. The ceramic vaccine patches are equipped with tiny ceramic microneedles that ensure that vaccines can be administered painlessly and extremely efficiently.

Recycling wind turbine blades

A group of researchers from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and the Lithuanian Energy Institute investigated a new method for wind turbine blades’ recycling.


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SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 New process makes lignin waste valuable

A team of University of Delaware (UD) researchers Led by Professor Thomas H. Epps, has developed an economical efficient, low-pressure method to convert industrially processed lignin into high-performance plastics, such as bio-based 3D-printing resins, and valuable chemicals.

Nonwovens made from banana/PP fibers

Natural fibers have lot of advantages over synthetic fibers in terms of specific properties, biodegradability and ease of using wastage generated during fiber production. Recently, payed attention to an Indian project of the DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji/ India, which investigated the feasibility of nonwovens made from banana/polypropene (PP) fibers.

Diversity of 3D printing materials offers opportunities in every sector

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, makes it possible to produce parts on demand. Particularly suitable for easily developing prototypes, delivering small series, but also for manufacturing large numbers with, for example, specific adjustments at model level. 3D printing offers freedom of form, circularity, enables production on demand, limits stock and is suitable for many different sectors.

Rare earth elements from waste

Rare earth elements are hard to get and hard to recycle, but American scientists developped a possible solution. They successfully extracted valuable rare earth elements (REE) from waste at yields high enough to resolve issues for manufacturers while boosting their profits.

MaterialDistrict Utrecht 2022

The material innovation event for R&D and design professionals took place from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April: MaterialDistrict Utrecht 2022. In the materials exhibition, MaterialDistrict presented the most important trends in material development: circularity, energy transition and well-being. 250 materials were exhibited, all of which fit one or more of the three themes. Young talent was also invited to present their new materials, often with a new vision on old materials and waste, reused in a new way. A selection from the offer.

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SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 Smart woven display

Researchers have developed a woven display with smart sensors, energy harvesting and storage integrated directly into the fabric. The smart 46-inch display integrates active electronic, sensing, energy and photonic functions.

Smart Circular Bridge

An old material is being rediscovered: flax has been used for thousands of years for clothing, sacks, and robust ship’s ropes. Now the plant fibres are experiencing a renaissance and could become the building material. Combined with a special bio-resin, it can be made into a light and highly stable material with properties comparable to aluminium or steel. A first bridge has now been built; two more will follow.

Nano-‘chocolates’ that store hydrogen

A team of Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY has laid the foundations for an innovative solution by storing hydrogen in tiny nanoparticles made of the precious metal palladium, just 1.2 nanometres in diameter.

Al-Mg-Si coating protects steel in marine environments

In a recent study published in Corrosion Science, Korea National Maritime & Ocean University (KMOU) scientists developed a new protocol for the Al-Mg-Si coating of steel.

Shellac for printed circuits

Metals in printing inks - intended for smart packaging with sensors - are expensive and once in the waste stage it is expensive to process them in an environmentally friendly way. Swiss scientists have therefore developed a new type of ink based on shellac that does not have these drawbacks.


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SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 New copper surface option in the control of superbugs

A new surface that kills bacteria more than 100 times faster and more effectively than standard copper. The new copper material is the result of a joint research project with RMIT University and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

Stackable artificial leaf uses less power to capture 100 times more carbon than other systems

American scientists have developed a cost-effective artificial sheet that can capture carbon dioxide a hundred times faster than current systems.

Mussels’ underwater glue inspires synthetic cement

Sea shells can attach themselves extremely well to all kinds of substrates under water. For years, researchers have attempted to replicate the extraordinary adhesive and its properties in the lab. They focused on a few of the eight proteins that mussels secrete and which are responsible for the adhesive strength. Now, researchers at Northwestern University have created a material that performs even better than the glue they were trying to mimic.

MAKE IT MATTER De rubriek MAKE IT MATTER wordt in samenwerking met MaterialDistrict ( samengesteld. In deze rubriek worden opvallende, en/of interessante ontwikkelingen en innovatieve materialen uitgelicht.


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Smile plastics


The international exhibition of technologies and supplies for surfaces





Energy optimized kiln car designs Energy saving is a very urgent issue, due to rising energy prices and the global fight against environmental pollution. But besides energy consumption, other aspects such as durability, strength and a good thermal shock resistance must also be considered by the kiln car designer. The aim is therefore to optimize the firing result while maximizing economic efficiency and protecting the environment. The choice of materials influences the service life, mechanical strength, weight and thermal shock resistance. With the aim of optimizing these properties, Refratechnik Ceramics offers materials that meet these requirements. High dimensional stability, low weight, low kiln car and assembly costs can also be achieved through continuous improvements in kiln car design. Optimal kiln car designs with lightweight, thin-walled units help minimize energy consumption. The lower the share of border blocks and the higher the share of insulating core, the more energy can be saved. By using BURCOLIGHT® quality, this effect can be further enhanced, as energy consumption is reduced due to the lower weight. Kiln cars with solid insulating cores made of concrete, fireclay or bricks are completely outdated. State-of-the-art are supports surrounded by highly microporous fillings such as the CO2-neutral insula-

Fig 1: REFRATHERM Eco® in the tunnel kiln car core

ting material REFRATHERM® Eco (Fig. 1). The ash of the burned rice husks contains SiO2 (biogenic silica). The microporous structure of the SiO2 is retained during the combustion process. This structure ensures a low bulk density and thus low thermal conductivity. (Fig. 2) An optimized kiln car design, the use of lightweight qualities and the selection of highly efficient insulating materials are the decisive factors in reducing energy consumption. If a brick manufacturer opts for non-optimized solutions in order to reduce plant costs, he must expect higher energy costs for a longer period of time.

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Fig 2: REFRATHERM Eco® with extreme low thermal conductivity


21 - 24 July 2022, Munich

ceramitec, the meeting place for the international ceramic industry From June 21 to 24, the topic of resource efficiency will be a common thread uniting the offerings of the world’s leading trade fair, ceramitec 2022. With more than 600 exhibitors from 38 countries, ceramitec 2022 is the event where the entire ceramic industry, from manufacturers to scientists, comes together. During four days the exhibitors will present their products, from machines, systems, processes to raw materials, to visitors from all over the world. In addition, all branches of industry, from classical ceramics to powder metallurgy,


are also represented. On the Messe München exhibition grounds, the industry will present its innovations for manufacturing processes, new materials and above all applications that allow ceramic products to save energy and benefit the environment. The threat of climate change is driving innovation more than ever before. That’s why, above all, international exhibitors and visitors at ceramitec 2022 can expect competitive solutions that can protect the environment without sacrificing quality or increasing costs. After a two-year break, the trade fair is

once again bringing all the areas of the industry together. In addition to innovations for reducing energy consumption and emissions in the production process, the trade fair will also demonstrate how ceramic material can be a lever for resource efficiency for many conventional and new areas of application.

Brick making industry undergoing transformation

The topic of the energy transition, and the associated goal of CO2-neutral production, is the focus of mechanical and plant engineering for the brick making industry. The industry is concerned with

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SUMMARY INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 2 2022 electrified production processes that use renewable energy sources from green electricity to hydrogen. This involves challenges such as decoupled kilns and dryers, the use of heat pumps in the drying process, additives without fossil carbon content and, overall, the use of less material or more recycling materials. At the trade fair, the brick making industry will take a close look at the latest technological approaches for the decarbonization of its manufacturing processes. In the fierce wind of international competition, brick makers have less leeway than ever. At the same time, in the production of energy-efficient building materials, we see additional potential to contribute to a balanced carbon footprint in the larger context. Here, too, ceramitec will show what the industry has to offer.

Efficiency in production and application

Established exhibitors and a wide range of new players will provide information about innovations in ceramic materials, devices and technologies as well as the integration of the material into complex material systems. Resource efficiency also unites the topics of fine ceramics and refractory ceramics as well as tech-

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nical ceramics, additive manufacturing and powder metallurgy in Hall C1. In addition to increasingly efficient production, the latest developments from many plant manufacturers and mechanical engineers are concentrating on new fields of application for ceramics.

the ceramics industry. Every branch of the industry is represented, from classic ceramics, raw materials and industrial ceramics to technical ceramics and powder

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Energy saving refractory products Energy saving refractory products to reduce your carbon footprint.

toEnergy reduce your carbon footprint. saving is a very urgent issue, due to rising energy prices and the global fight against environmental pollution. Besides energy consumption, other such as durability, strength a good thermal shock resistance Theaspects refractory supplier can influence theand energy consumption of tunnel kilns must also be considered by the kiln car designer. The main idea, then, is to optimize by up to 20-30%. As the highest energy loss is measured in the kiln car area, the firing result while maximizing economy. Refratechnik Ceramics Refratechnik Ceramics produces lightweight refractories in order to save offers refractories that meet these requirements. energy via weight reduction. Put simply: The less mass is to be heated up, the more energy is saved.

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Refratechnik Ceramics GmbH Barkhausener Str. 55 49328 Melle Germany USA Representation: Refratechnik Ceramics GmbH MECO Phone +1 513 424 3573

Innovative Materials, the international version of the Dutch magazine Innovatieve Materialen, is now available in English. Innovative Materials is an interactive, digital magazine about new and/or innovatively applied materials. Innovative Materials provides information on material innovations, or innovative use of materials. The idea is that the ever increasing demands lead to a constant search for better and safer products as well as material and energy savings. Enabling these innovations is crucial, not only to be competitive but also to meet the challenges of enhancing and protecting the environment, like durability, C2C and carbon footprint. By opting for smart, sustainable and innovative materials constructors, engineers and designers obtain more opportunities to distinguish themselves. As a platform Innovative Materials wants to help to achieve this by connecting supply and demand. Innovative Materials is distributed among its own subscribers/network, but also through the networks of the partners. This includes organisations like M2i, MaterialDesign, 4TU (a cooperation between the four Technical Universities in the Netherlands), the Bond voor Materialenkennis (material sciences), SIM Flanders, FLAM3D, RVO and Material District.

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