The future materials research cluster is engaged in research aligned with the materials revolution occurring in the 21st century, driven by new technologies and scientific discoveries, concern about human impacts on the environment and new theoretical perspectives on materialism.
Researchers in the cluster engage across a dynamic field of interdisciplinary, technological and creative inquiry, and enable unique opportunities for developing new materials, sustainable processes, innovative applications, collaboration and extended discourse. The scope of materials studies is expanding to include a wide array of new materials including polymers, electronic materials, biomaterials, engineering materials, computational materials and nano-materials, and an awareness of interconnection with the lifeworld through material flows and systems.
Specific topics and areas of inquiry may include bioplastics, digital materiality, smart materials, new materialism, making manufacturing technologies, recycling, architectural textiles, material science, and circular or sustainable construction supply chains.
Prior successful funding included: