New smart elastomeric materials with thermal stimuli response
What we offer:
The Spanish National Research Council has developed an elastomeric material formed by interpenetrated ionic and covalent networks with shape memory effect which allows to respond to thermal stimuli. For the first time a memory effect is achieved in elastomeric materials due to the coexistence of ionic and covalent networks. The ionic network fixes the transitory shape whereas the covalent network enable the recovering of the initial shape. There is a wide range of applications of these materials such as: artificial muscles, intelligent weaves, biomedical devices, sensors, actuators or intelligent packing.
The main advantages of this technology are:
1.- Low capital investment: since the production and characterization of these smart materials are performed by means of conventional methods of rubber processing.
2.- Tailor-made properties: shape memory properties can be modulated according to the required properties in the finished product (different polymers, crosslinking agents, composition, temperature, deformation, etc. can be used).
3.- Reproducibility and repeatability: shape memory characteristics remain invariant throughout several cycles of programming and recovery of the original shape.
4.- Wide range of applications: actuators, sensors, artificial muscles, intelligent weaves, intelligent packing and biomedical devices.
5.- High raw material availability: commercial polymers are used.
6.- Environmentally friendly: no solvents are used
What are we looking for:
We are looking for Industrial Partners for further development of this technology and interested in a license agreement for its exploitation. In particular, manufacturers of elastomers that, with small investment, want to offer elastomers with memory shape to supply: automatic, biotechnology, packaging, construction or textile sector. Polymer producers, suppliers of elastomers manufacturers, that want to offer the raw material with memory shape effect possibility
- ] Materials technology
- ] Plastics and Rubber related to Chemical technology and engineering