Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022


Event Details

04/10/2022 - 05/10/2022

09.00 - 17.00


Business Design Centre

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Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022 took place 4th – 5th October 2022 and was delivered as a hybrid event with live streaming for selected seminars.

Read about the event in our news stories here:

Investor Showcase
Transforming Foundation Industries
Future of Advanced Materials showcase

Watch the videos:

Full showcase for MRE2022 (37 videos, c.34 hours)

Individual sessions:

3rd October

International Evening Reception

Day 1 (4th October):

Main Auditorium Sessions
Plenary Session Day 1
Henry Royce Institute: Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Society

Exec Centre Sessions:
UK Tribology: Challenges of Friction and Wear in Future Engineering

Village Green Left Sessions:
Exhibitor Technology Pitches – led by Innovate UK KTN Materials Team
2050 Vision for TFI
NEW Demand for TFI

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP):
Introduction – SSPP Challenge Director Paul Davidson
Welcome – SSPP Innovation Lead Sara Banning
The Perpetual Plastic for Food To Go Project – Loughborough University
Providing the 30% Recycled Content for Food Packaging Project – Brunel University of London & University of Strathclyde
One Bin to Rule Them All Project – University of Manchester
Plastic Packaging in People’s Lives Project – Lancaster University
Many Happy Returns Project – University of Sheffield
Post-Consumer Resin: Understanding the Quality/Performance Linkage – University of Liverpool
Closing Remarks – Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, CEO of NERC

Day 2 (5th October):

Main Auditorium Sessions:
Plenary Session Day 2
Taking your Innovation to the Next Level – STFC
Reimagining Materials and Manufacturing Together – Innovate UK
Future Funding Opportunities IUK/BEIS/IETF/HVMC/Natwest

Exec Centre Sessions:
UK Tribology: Challenges of Friction and Wear in Future Engineering, Day 2
Materials for Space
The Role of Hydrogen in the Hydrogen Economy

Village Green Left Sessions:
SUSTAINing UK Manufacturing Steel’s Contribution to a Net Zero UK
Transforming Foundation Industries 2050: NEW Players
Transforming Foundation Industries 2050: NEW Business Models
TFI Hackathon Presentation and Prize Giving
Novel & Sustainable Materials

Village Green Right Sessions:
Materials for Power Electronics, Machines and Drives
Critical Materials – Magnets and Batteries

SSPP (Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging):
Introduction and summary of Day 1 – SSPP Innovation Lead Sara Banning
Introduction to the UK Circular Plastics Network and Innovate UK KTN – Denise Goldsmith, Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN
Reducing Plastic Packaging & Food Waste Through Product Innovation Project Simulation – City University of London
Compostable Plastics: Unlocking the Barriers to Systems Change Project – UCL
Vision for the future – SSPP Challenge Director Paul Davidson
Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging from Plants – University of Cambridge
Filler Surface-Induced Nucleation of Polymer Crystals – University of Strathclyde

Event details

The event was organised and run by Innovate UK KTN and Innovate UK at the Business Design Centre in London, and was full of new insights about what materials research and innovations are taking place to help the UK recover, become more resilient and grow.

We held targeted seminars on a range of cutting-edge areas such as materials for Net Zero, including materials for the production, transportation and storage of hydrogen and the use of hydrogen in low carbon production of materials, the scale up of graphene and metamaterials for industrial applications. We ran sessions on technology transfer from UK’s world class research base, with a focus on high performance, net zero materials required by key sectors such as transport, medical, construction, packaging, clothing and other wearables. The event was designed to enable closer collaboration between industry and the materials research and innovation community.

Who are these recordings for?

Industrial representatives and investors attended as delegates to view what the researchers have on show, discuss the ideas presented and form partnerships. Academics had the opportunity to network with other experts in different material disciplines. International delegates had the opportunity to view UK’s world-leading capability in new materials development and meet with potential collaborators.

Expected Outcomes

  • Connecting UK research and innovation excellence in advanced materials with UK product manufacturers and investors to collaborate and exploit latest advances
  • Providing a platform to attract international interests in UK advanced materials research, leading to export opportunities and inward investments

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