Organised by the IOP Polymer Physics and Magnetism Groups
Polymeric and magnetic materials are pushing the boundaries of functionality, finding applications in computing, biomedicine, automotive materials, electromagnetics and beyond. Passive and magnetically actuated devices can be operated with less energy than their electronic analogues and require fewer manufacturing steps. The resulting products consume less energy during their lifetime and are easier to recycle because there are fewer different materials to separate. Similarly, the polymers that comprise consumer products, coatings, laminates and packaging require less energy-intensive manufacturing processes and are increasingly recycled or reused. Tailoring these polymers to possess electromagnetic properties opens a range of functional applications. Switching or responsivity can be designed in a material by controlling phase transitions, like liquid-crystalline ordering. Replacing energy-intensive mined materials with functional polymers or organic materials decreases the energy footprint of a product. This session explores how the overlap of polymers and magnets is leading the development of sustainable, functional materials.
Chair: Thomas Moore, University of Leeds, and Alisyn J Nedoma, University of Sheffield.