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Advanced materials are the cornerstone of modern innovation.  Technologies that were unimaginable a few decades ago are now being developed due to advanced materials. From strong, lightweight composites in airplanes to smaller and faster chips to shatterproof glass on portable electronic devices; all of these properties are governed by the make-up and configuration of the underlying materials.

Impact Centre scientists and engineers are experts in the fabrication, processing, and testing of advanced materials and their surfaces, and particularly of nano- and biomaterials.

We have a strong track record in using this expertise to improve industrial processes and products. We know how to design the right composition to get the properties our clients need.

Examples of Applications


1. Nanomaterials

The ability to control materials at the nanoscale can result in materials that are stronger, resilient under extreme operating conditions, more electrically conductive, or corrosion resistant. These enhanced properties can match needs in a variety of industry sectors. Impact Centre scientists have been working on nanomaterials for more than 15 years.

Application examples

  • More effective and environmentally-friendly pesticides
  • Catalytic materials for breaking down pollutants
  • Coatings to improve the lighting quality of LED bulbs
  • Antibacterial coatings
  • The removal of heavy metals from contaminated water sources

2. Biomaterials – Collagen

Biomaterials are an important class of materials engineered to interact with the human body. An example is collagen, a fibrous protein that is used in a range of medical and cosmetic applications. wound healing and tissue regeneration. With more than 20 years of expertise in all aspects related to collagen, the Impact Centre is an ideal partner to help develop biomaterials solutions.

Application examples

  • Specialized surfaces for growing biological cells
  • Tuning biocompatibility of substrates
  • Tissue engineering scaffold
  • Bioengineered wound healing and tissue regeneration

3. Activated Surfaces

Surface activity is a critical feature in applications ranging from health care to assembly automation. The surface of materials often needs to be chemically modified in industrial processes. We have a proprietary method to chemically attach small and large molecules to surfaces.

Application examples

  • Protein/Biomolecule attachment
  • Protein/Biomolecule repellant
  • Catalytic surfaces
  • Low detection limit biosensors

Find out how your product or processes could be improved by advanced materials

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