Corentin Coulais (UvA): Edible Metamaterials
Metamaterials have already widely been used in physics and engineering to control how light and sound propagate. In other sectors – like the food industry – their potential has remained completely unexplored. We think that metamaterials could dramatically improve the interactions between humans and materials and to help create sustainable food sources.
We have done first steps into that direction by designing chocolate metamaterials that break in unusual ways. We used advanced numerical techniques and 3d printing to create metamaterials that are very weak in one direction, and very strong in the other, and that have a controlled number of cracks. We even gave those samples to a panel of people and asked them what they felt when biting, and the results confirm that indeed they experienced improved and unexpected sensory experience.
For the future, we really would like to bring this concept to the market, beyond chocolate. For instance, our dream is to create personalised food for haute cuisine and for patients with eating disorders and to create meat-alternatives with interesting mouthfeel.
Tiago Matos (Amsterdam UMC): Dermoscope We developed a scientific-based app capable to quickly identify which personal care products are safe and effective for each specific individual’s skin type. We use on average 10 PCPs daily, that means more than 500 different chemicals that we put in our skin every day. Many products still contain dangerous […]
Edcel Salumbides (VU): Non-invasive pre-symptomatic illness detection in farm animals We are developing a non-invasive breath sensor for cows, for the early detection of illnesses well before observable symptoms. The automated and frequent health monitoring would enable timely and precise feed adjustments by farmers to stop disease progression. The technology is derived from the extremely […]
Jawad Essallami (HvA): Eddy Lite The global transport makes for about 25% of our daily energy use. But what is the best way to use less energy in transport? It would help to make our vehicals lighter by using carbon composite. This is a very strong and light weight material, used more and more in […]