Material Matters Conference - 2-3 April 2012, London

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Profile: Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik is Professor of Materials & Society in the UCL Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. His main research area is self-organising and self-healing materials on which he has published more than seventy research papers. He is the Director of the Institute of Making which is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities. Prof Miodownik is a broadcaster and writer. He gave the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures in 2010, and will  be presenting a three part tv series on Materials Science to be broadcast on BBC4 in Spring 2012.

Talk: Strange Materials

Animate matter is coming. Concrete that can communicate when it is about to collapse, smart hip replacements that can self-heal, and working invisibility shields – such innovations are imminent. This talk will cover the science and engineering behind such materials innovations and argue for a more multidisciplinary approach to materials design.