Date of Publication: Jan 28, 2015
A new business opportunity is emerging for smart materials that exhibit multiple functionalities in a variety of different applications sectors. For example, in the construction sector we have now reached the point where it is possible to fabricate smart windows that combine self-dimming, solar energy generation and self-healing into a single IGU. In aerospace, some smart surfaces can monitor the structural health of wings and fuselage and then make modest repairs. In other cases, multifunctional smart coatings and surfaces may improve functionality, while at the same time improving aesthetics.

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 22, 2015

According to this research report, quantum dots will enable a market for devices and components worth over $11bn by 2026. The demand for quantum dots will grow from less than 100 kg today to several tons over the next decade. After some difficult early years, the commercialization of quantum dots is turning into a success story. This report covers all types of colloidal quantum dots (core, core/shell, cadmium-free, quantum rods, etc...). It gives an assessment of the main applications of quantum dots in displays, lighting, photovoltaic (PV), sensors and life science.

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: Nov 12, 2015
Nanotechnology is a key driver for new and innovative coating applications. The thin nanofilms, nanoscale coatings and nanostructured surfaces (for the purposes of this report generically referred to as nanocoatings) market has witnessed substantial growth in the last decade. Nanoscale (~10-nm to ~200-nm) features impart radically new properties to surfaces such as anti-reflectivity and superhydrophobicity. The nanocoatings market is conservatively estimated to be worth approximately $2-2.5 billion per annum at present, and forecasted to grow to over $9.7 billion per annum by 2025. There has been a huge increase in applications of new coatings technology over the past few years across numerous industrial sectors. The global trend for the coatings industry is for multifunctional, decorative/aesthetically enhanced and service free or low maintenance coatings.

Date of Publication: Oct 21, 2015
This report is based upon years of research and close engagement with the community of graphene producers, investors and users. In the past four years, we have interviewed and profiled almost all the graphene suppliers globally (>40), engaged with many investors to help them select the right company and right technology, and guided many end users. Our latest up-to-date analysis shows that the graphene market will reach nearly $200m in 2026 at the material level. This year, our forecasts are more granular than ever before, covering more than 17 specific application sectors.

Date of Publication: Nov 3, 2015
Many industries including electronics, automotive, aerospace, telecommunications and healthcare are exploring the use of high impact nanomaterials such as nanocellulose, carbon nanotubes and graphene. Other 2-D nanomaterials such as silicene, graphyne, graphdiyne, grapahane and molybdenum disulfide are also under intense study. CNTs and graphene are the strongest, lightest and most conductive fibers known to man, with a performance-per-weight greater than any other material.