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The Design of the Invisible

Milan, 19 April 2024, Design Week

Design and Chemistry

Design and Chemistry

The relationship between design and chemistry is one of the most fascinating frontiers of Italian culture; it nourishes the system. Chemistry serves as a starting point for innovating processes and products.
At Materially NOW during the Design Week 2024 we introduced our visions and practices through three different case histories.  Our presentation focused on the pivotal role of Specialty Chemistry in innovating materials.  

Chemical compounds, though invisible to end-users, are indispensable in imparting various characteristics to materials, such as durability, resistance, texture, and aesthetics.
Without Chemistry, the translation of designers' creative concepts into reality would encounter significant obstacles.

Chemistry for the Innovation of Materials

 Chemistry for the Innovation of Materials

The interconnection between design, chemistry, and materials science is firmly established. One of the most captivating aspects of design culture lies in understanding the systems originating from raw materials and their behaviors. Specialty Chemistry strengthens the design process by integrating functional devices and material development. This integration makes materials more manageable, simplifying the transformation pipeline and enhancing reliability.

Polyurethanes sourced from renewable sources, acrylics, natural polymers, and derivatives of oleochemicals these are just a few examples of the diverse array of tools and solutions that enrich the world of material design through multidisciplinary exploration.


Speakers and Case Studies

 Speakers and Case Studies

Paolo Lamberti, our President and CEO, starting from the centenary heritage of the group talked about the the "Good Chemistry" which, when enriched by the other scientific disciplines, becomes more effective and sustainable.

Simona Esposito, Synthetic Polymers Technology Manager  has introduced how Lamberti approches Innovation looking at the transformation towards improved  performances and higher sustainablity of materials and processes. 

Simone Tassi, Ceramic Division Director, in Advantages in processing ceramic and glassy materials derived from observing nature outlined how observing Nature we can design new solutions at the service of different applications and presented an exemplary case in the production process of large slabs. 

Ferruccio Mauri, Commercial Manager Polymer Beads Platform, has disclosed how hydroxyapatite can confer tactile and optical effects to substrates and surfaces.

At last Gabriele Costa, Global Product Manager Biobased Solutions, showed how food industry  by-products can be used to prepare sustainable and recyclable paper packaging eliminating the need of laminated films, for flexible packaging.  

Chemistry is the science of nature and humanity: today, it fosters new values and has the potential to support significant shifts towards tangible social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


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