Interdisciplinary EM&Ts challenge at TECNUN
June 7 – 11, 2021

This is the first of a series of design workshops organized within the DATEMATS project, an international learning experience involving students and teaching staff from the universities involved in the project: Aalto university, Politecnico di Milano, Tecnun Universidad de Navarra, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. The workshop is held at Tecnun – Universidad de Navarra, San Sebastián, from 7th to 11th June 2021.

The workshop is made of a combination of hands-on experimentation, design activities, and lectures and presentations by the teaching staff of the four universities and by partnering companies. Twenty-five students will work together in multidisciplinary teams to find solutions for this challenge and to produce product concepts, prototypes, and material samples. Students will apply a new design methodology developed within the project to design with four Emerging Materials and technologies (EM&Ts). The method and tools will support students in understanding, exploring and shaping, and applying EM&Ts, and finding design opportunities from their intersection. Indeed, the main EM&Ts explored in the workshop in Nanomaterials, but all the other EM&Ts researched in the project will be integrated: Interactive Connected Smart Materials, Experimental Wood-based Materials, and Advanced Growing Materials.

In this workshop, a real-life design challenge is given to students by partnering company Grupo Antolin: to find new applications for Grupo Antolin’s advanced carbon materials. The company is interested in looking for new concepts of products/services for their existing customer markets (Overheads, Doors, Lighting & HMI, Cockpits, Electronic systems in the Automotive sector), for their wide market of customers and potentially for new customers, depending on applications. The challenge also aims to expand the range of applications of the nanomaterials EM&T area, but also to look for the opportunity of intersection with other EM&Ts, particularly catalyst support, sensors, biosensors, and inks.


Company presenting the brief

Grupo Antolin
started its business journey as a mechanics garage (specialized in vehicle and agriculture machinery repairs) in Burgos, Spain, and run by Avelino Antolin López and his sons Avelino and José.

Today, Grupo Antolin is a leading multinational company in the development, design and manufacture of interior components for the automobile industry (Overhead, Doors, Lighting and Cockpits & Consoles). A strong and competitive company established in 26 countries in which more than 30,000 people develop their talent. Creativity, leadership, and client satisfaction continue to be our core values today and are the best recipe for success in the future.


Burdinola | Burdinola is specialized in the planning, integration, and installation of laboratories. They offer the advantage of integrating their own products and promoting any associated peripheral services as an integral part of the offer. Burdinola offers advanced technology solutions serving the premises of sustainability, ecodesign and applicable standards, applicable in both the global scientific building, and in the specifics of laboratory furniture. The company developed the Global First Nano Chamber for nanotechnology and easier and safer handling and weighing management of nanomaterials in the workplace.



Ikerlat Polymers | Ikerlat Polymers is a specialist in developing and manufacturing personalized polymer particles. At present, with a background of fifteen years, the company has been consolidated as a reference in the market of polymeric dispersions. Their polymer particles are mainly used in diagnostic systems, acting as magnifiers of antigen-antibody reactions. Other uses include photonic crystals, colloidal models, calibration and verification processes


Graphenea | Graphenea is a graphene materials manufacturing company. Graphenea develops optimized graphene materials for industrial and research needs. Graphenea has developed a leading synthesis and transfer process to obtain high uniformity monolayer graphene films on any substrate.

CEIT-BRTA |  CEIT BRTA is a non-profit research centre, created on the initiative of the University of Navarra in 1982, whose primary mission is to carry out applied industrial research projects under contract, working closely with clients’ R&D departments. It promotes excellence in applied research through the publication of non-confidential results and participation in forums for scientific and technical dissemination, as well as doctoral training in the framework of industrial research projects.


9.00 Welcome
9.30 Presentation

10:30 Coffee Break

10:45 Understand EM&T
Robert Thompson

12:15 Company: Antolin Group
Briefing presentation

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 Exploring EM&T
Experimentation of EM&T 30’x4=120′
Practices in lab.
Robert Thompson

16:30 Groups

17.00 End of session

9.00 Define
Market/competitor analysis

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Define
Sketching, drawings

11:30 EM&T Pill (Burdinola)
EM&T Pill

13.15 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 Define

Sketching, drawings


16:00 Presentation
5 min group

17.00 End of session

9.00 Develop
Concept selection

9.30 Develop

Concept selection
Low fidelity prototypes

15:00 EM&T Pill (Ikerlat)


16:00 Presentation

5 min group

17.00 End of session

9.00 Deliver
3D models
High Fidelity ptorotypes

10:00 EM&T Pill (Graphenea)

9.00 Deliver
High Fidelity ptorotypes
Concept presentation material

10:30 Coffee Break

11.00 Preparing presentations

12:30 EM&T Pill (Ceit)

14.00 Final presentations
15 min group

16.15 cuestionario final
16.30 Closing

Nanomaterials, TECNUN – Download the student projects