Consumer goods: technological revolutions for everyday living

Thanks to their application in everyday consumer goods, nano- and advanced materials can be found almost everywhere. Whether it’s electronics, construction, sporting goods or textiles, products that are designed to enhance our daily lives are increasingly benefiting from innovative nano- and advanced materials R&D. Words like superhydrophobic, superoleophobic and biomimetic may not be in everyone’s vocabulary but they are fast becoming a fact of everyday life.

In it’s 2016-2017 work programme, the Horizon 2020 research programme identified creative industries linked to manufacturing as one of the most exciting new and emerging industrial sectors in the European economy, highlighting it’s potential to make significant contributions to growth and job creation in the EU. After all, when it comes to consumer goods, the chance to exploit the properties of nanomaterials and subsequent technological advances offers endless opportunities to improve the performance, lifetime and value of products.

One of the most striking examples of the opportunities provided by these advances is the rise and rise of the quantum dot (QD) television. These tiny semiconductor nano-crystals are behind the next generation of LED-backlit LCD televisions, where the main improvement is in the colour. It has been estimated that by 2027 the global market for QDs will be over €20 billion at the components level. Most of which will be down to the optoelectronics market and mainly due to the revolution in televisual display.

It’s vital that the EU is able to support high-growth creative SMEs and startups in these endeavours if the European economy wants to benefit from this exciting and dynamic sector in the future. To examine the commercial and societal benefits of these opportunities, and taking a look at the technological advances that are making it all possible, ENF2017 is delighted to welcome four experts from the world of advanced consumer goods.

Jiří Kůs is founder, president and chairman of the executive board at Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association as well as the co-founder of nanoSPACE, a world leader in anti-allergy nanofibre bedding and other products. From Portugal’s Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) we have Dr Carla Joana Silva, R&D manager of the functional materials and solutions unit with over seventeen yeas experience of applied and industry oriented research. Dr Paul Kiekens is full professor and head of the department of textiles at Ghent University as well as the executive coordinator of the Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX). Finally, ENF2017 welcomes Farnaz Ghajeri, research officer at Svenska Aerogel AB who are developing, adapting and producing nanoporous silica for industrial applications.

Join us in June to find out more about the exciting developments underway in this new and emerging sector and see how consumer needs are shaping the technological advances of tomorrow.