Date of Publication: May 19, 2016

A key objective of this report is to discuss how the latest technological trends – for example to light- and electroactive shape memory polymers (SMPs), or to novel shape memory alloys (SMAs) will expand addressable markets and create new opportunities for both major firms and start-ups. Included in this analysis: how particular shape memory materials are likely to perform in the marketplace and how SMAs and SMPs are most likely to find their respective niches and price points. This report also analyzes how end-user markets for shape memory materials are changing.

Date of Publication: Oct 27, 2015
Smart composites leverage the commercial success of the composite technology model and apply it specifically to smart materials.  In regular composites two materials are combined to create a new material with functionality that is significantly different to the original materials. Typically, a smart composite is a smart material embedded in polymer, textiles, metal or concrete. In a few cases, smart composites are fabricated from two “dumb” materials that become smart only when they are combined. Our analysis suggests that these smart composites will have a growing role in a number of important applications and industry sectors. Many smart composites are inherently multifunctional and the latest smart composite technology even promises the ability to embed programmability into materials, enabling robotics-like behavior without embedded electronics.

Date of Publication: Sep 2, 2014
The PV boom and bust has rebooted efforts to commercialize the next generation of materials platforms for solar panels.  There has recently been a...