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.


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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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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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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Materially: B2B meeting, training, information webinars

The meetings are structured and studied with the aim of creating new opportunities and starting new commercial relationships between material producers and potential users, simultaneously contributing to the professional updating of operators in the production sector, always looking for new solutions in the world of innovative materials, circular and sustainable materials.

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