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Future Materials

Please note that access to the disabled toilets without using the stairs involves going out of the building and back in again.
07 Sep Doors 6.30pm. Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Zero degrees, 53 Colston St,
Bristol BS1 5BA
Have you ever wondered what the future of materials holds? From silicon the techs go to material not being all its worked up to be and new alternatives, to smart jellies controlled by light. Join us as we discuss cutting edge materials and their uses.

Searching for the Next Silicon

Jarrod Lewis (Doctor of Philosophy Student)
The modern world would be a very different place if not for silicon. It can be found at the heart of every mobile phone, laptop and tablet that we rely upon in our daily lives, it is a major player in the growing solar energy industry, and even a key ingredient for construction materials. But what makes silicon so wonderful, and why is society so dependent upon it?
In this talk, Jarrod will cover some of the science that underpins the boom in technology over the past century - and share the poorly kept secret that silicon is not quite all that it’s cracked up to be.
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Squishy + Shaky + Sentient + Stretchable = Supertech

Andrea Gaxiola (Researcher)
Jell-O is not boring! It’s actually an amazing technology. I am Andrea, an advocate for gels that are >60% water, hydrogels.
I have travelled the world working with hydrogels as smart scaffolds. My research journey began in Canada, where tiny gel beads, in which breast cancer cells could be cultured, were used to understand how cancerous tumours survive with almost no oxygen. Then to Saudi Arabia, where i worked on embedding electronics into a skin-like elastic matrix for marine life GPS tracking, removing the need for harpoon tagging. But then, life brought me then to Bristol, where I started working on the most exciting project yet.
I am currently working on the manufacturing of light-controlled robots. These are not robots made of steel and wires. On the contrary, they are hydrogels made soft and squishy, yet tough and elastic. Their greatest feature is that you can also use them to grow cells within the materials. But why would we want to control robots and cells with light? I bet I can make you a Jell-O convert.
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