Here you will find news, links, events from the web related to the project’s four areas of Emerging Materials and Technologies, regarding knowledge and technology transfer, design-driven teaching methodologies, interdisciplinary collaboration activities and other topics addressed by Datemats project.


Congratulations to the Biodesign Sprint Participants and Winners!

Biodesign Sprint 2021 has come to a close! Over the last month, 40 incredible teams from 15 countries developed projects to rethink electronic hardware design and imagine a future where devices function in symbiotic harmony with the environment, increase biodiversity, and bring positive change to both people and the environment.


This energy-harvesting card can turn 5G networks into wireless power grids

a group of researchers at the georgia institute of technology have unveiled a new way to tap into the over-capacity of 5G networks — they have turned them into a wireless power grid that can power IoT devices that currently need batteries to operate. The result is a flexible rotman lens-based rectifying antenna (rectenna) system capable, for the first time, of millimeter-wave harvesting in the 28-GHz band.

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Mycelium; Fashion: A 3D knitted sneaker made of dog hair and mycelium

At present we live in a time when the resources of our planet are being transformed into products at a speed far exceeding the natural rate of self-renewal of the biosphere. Consequences of excessive production and consumption can be seen in the impact on our global climate. Forest fires, species extinction and a rapid increase in temperature are only a small part of the effects of this irresponsible use of our resources.

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Mycelium; Fashion: A collaboration by Hermès and MycoWorks

The new material Sylvania, a hybrid of nature and biotechnology, is the exemplar of a new generation of biotech materials.
It is an exclusive collaboration by Hermès and MycoWorks, and the first object made with Fine Mycelium, the patented technology from MycoWorks that enhances mycelium as it grows.

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Circular Economy Competition

The Competition is split into four parts, each with its own deadline. If you are interested in applying for this Kick-Start competition please decide which topic your idea falls under and submit a proposal between the opening and closing date.

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Invasive plants could be turned into textiles

Invasive plant species could be recycled into paper, yarn and eco-friendly textile dyes, research by Atelier Luma, a think tank in Arles, France, has found.
The research began when the laboratory partnered with Parc des Calanques in Marseille. The park is uprooting many exotic and invasive plant species as part of an effort to improve biodiversity.

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Major fashion houses will sell products made from mushroom leather

Major fashion companies have teamed up to invest in a novel material called Mylo, which is grown from mycelium but rivals the look and feel of animal leather. As part of a newly established business consortium, the brands have each agreed to spend seven-figure sums to help level up the production capabilities of Mylo’s inventor, US biotechnology company Bolt Threads. The plan is to create a supply chain for the vegan leather, which would allow it to be manufactured at a commercially viable scale.

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Solar panels made from food waste

Engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue has been named the James Dyson Awards first-ever global sustainability winner for his AuReus system, in which waste crops are turned into cladding that can generate clean energy from ultraviolet light.

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On a Journey with Alma

Alma is a wearable biosensor designed to monitor vaginal fluids. We strive to support and educate women about their intimate health through technology. Giulia Tomasello, designer and co-founder of Alma, will guide you through the research and prototype development at the Fraunhofer IZM TexLab in Berlin.

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Art and science for the clothes of tomorrow

The project Re-FREAM was created to design smart clothes in the digital area. Here, researchers and artists work side by side, developing innovative and sustainable ideas and implementation options for the fashion industry, while simultaneously providing impulses for user-oriented synergies between textiles and technology.

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