Prof Andy Alderson
Sheffield Hallam University
Professor of Smart Materials and Structures

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Composites manufacturing; Mechanical testing (including Digital Image Correlation); Polymer characterisation lab (DMTA, FTIR, UV-vis etc); SEM; Materials modelling (CAD, FEM, Molecular modelling)

Scientific focus and expertise:
Auxetics (negative Poisson's ratio) and negative stiffness metamaterials; Composites design, manufacturing and testing; Biomedical devices; Sports and impact protection materials; Elasticity theory; Mechanical properties; Materials modelling

Materials class:
Composites; Cellular solids (foams and honeycombs); Biomaterials; Metasurfaces; Smart materials; Advanced flexible materials; Microporous polymers (fibres, fabrics and films); Crystalline solids

Impact protection, energy absorption, biomedical devices (tissue engineering, laparoscopic expansion member, controlled release), morphing, apparel and activewear

Market Sector:
Healthcare (biomedical devices, sports, PPE); Transport (aerospace, automotive)


Special Interest Group(s):
Active Metamaterials
Manufacturing and Scale Up
Mechanical Metamaterials
Modelling and AI-Design

Horizon Scanning and Disruptive Concepts
Industry / KTN
Outreach and Education