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Explore Design Innovate with Tata Steel MaterialNEXT

The world of Tata Steel is one without boundaries - growing, changing and challenging, a world that embraces different skills, continuous innovation, sustainable growth and a better quality of life.

Tata Steel’s sustainable growth and technology leadership aspirations are driven by innovation in multiple areas primary among them being in the domain of New Materials beyond Iron and Steel. At Tata Steel, we are actively pursuing research in Advanced Materials.

Tata Steel Advanced Materials Research Centres (TSAMRC) have also been established to achieve this aspiration, one at Chennai in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM), and the other at Bengaluru, in collaboration with the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS). The objective of these Centres is to work closely with academia and other centres of expertise to strengthen the portfolio of advanced material research and its applications.

With ever emerging needs, requiring new generation of materials or technologies around the world, Open Innovation approaches are gaining importance and are being increasingly adopted by organizations to feed their innovation funnels to address the problems/challenges identified.

MaterialNEXT, an Open Innovation event hosted by TSAMRC is an effort to increase the richness factor of the innovative ideas in advanced materials domain. Explore Design Innovate with Tata Steel MaterialNEXT.

MaterialNEXT is a flagship event by Tata Steel across Pan-India and is based on key themes/challenges already pre-identified by Tata Steel.

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MaterialNEXT 5.0 (2024)

MaterialNEXT 5.0 has 2 parallel tracks for participation:

  • Research Track
  • Start-up Track

MaterialNEXT 5.0 also has 4 Technology Theme Areas open to both tracks.

Advanced materials play a fundamental role in developing breakthrough technologies for a sustainable future. To further explore use of advanced materials in identified emerging technology theme areas, sub-areas have been identified in each area from current and future industry relevance.

Ideas and proposals are invited in these sub-areas through research or start-up track after registration. Please refer the eligibility and rules below, before registering in applicable track.

The event would consist of 3 Major Phases: Selection, Performance and Finale. After registration by teams, the Selection Phase is a 2-stage process of an online screening followed by discussion-cum-evaluation stage, conducted by subject matter experts. The selected entries will progress to Performance Phase. Performance Phase ends with an evaluation (Pre-Finale) round.

The Selected entries from this phase qualify for the Finale Phase and will be called for the Grand Finale to decide winner and runner-up. Please refer the depiction below on event details and timelines.

Winner and runner-up teams from both the track gets awarded with cash prizes. Also, post-event mentorship and grants for next level of development will be provided, if applicable.

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MaterialNEXT 4.0 (2023)

With encouraging responses during first, second & third editions, fourth edition was launched on November 26th, 2022. The fourth edition of the initiative was launched across pan-India as a flagship event of Tata Steel on four key themes/challenges: Applied Nanomaterials, Energy Materials, Novel Composites & Emerging Construction Materials.

MaterialNEXT 4.0 had two tracks: first one for aspiring registered PG and Ph.D. students & research scholars from academia/research centres and second one for the incubated start-ups in seed or series A funding level. Teams competed for the cash prizes, mentorship, and grants for next level of idea developments.

The program received registrations from 180 teams with final 158 active ideas (140 in Research track and 18 in Startup track). After the two-stage selection process, 22 top ideas were onboarded for a guided idea development for 2 months. During the idea development/performance phase, all teams received interactive mentoring sessions from the industry specialists cum challenge area owners from Tata Steel and subject matter experts from reputed technical/research institutes. The teams were also supported with small revenue expenditure funds as per activity estimates. All top projects were evaluated and among them 8 pre-finalist teams were selected to participate in grand finale.

The grand finale event was held physically at SNTI, Jamshedpur on 11th May 2023. The finale jury comprised of Dr. Bhagavatula L.V. Prasad, Director, Centre for Nano & Soft Matter Sciences (CENS), Bangaluru; Dr Ramanuj Narayan, Senior Principal Scientist & Chair-IICT Hyderabad; Dr Abhaykumar M Kuthe, Professor (HAG), VNIT, Nagpur; Mr. Peeyush Gupta – Vice President, Group Strategic Procurement & Supply Chain, Tata Steel, Mr. Vinay Mahasabde, Chief R&D and Product Technology, Tata Steel.

Team “Breath Applied Science Pvt. Ltd.” of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) emerged as the winner of MaterialNEXT 4.0 for developing a solution on “Integrated technologies for sustainable & economical production of Methanol from CO2”. Team “High Energy Zone” of TIFR, Hyderabad was declared as the 1st runner-up for “Development of high-performance rechargeable Zinc-air batteries”.

Two 2nd Runner up teams were identified as the intense competitive outcome of the event. Team “Interface Icon” of NIT, Rourkela demonstrated solution for “Hybrid Composite for Hydrogen Storage Tanks” followed by Team “Graphecon Materials” of IIT Guwahati for presenting solution on “Sustainable durable geopolymer coating through homogeneous dispersion of Graphene”.

MN5.0 Challenge/Theme Areas

Sub-Area : Emerging Materials for Energy storage & Transition in Steel Plant value chain.

Scope : Battery Materials, Supercapacitors, Phase change materials, Thermoelectric materials etc.

Sub-Area : Emerging Technologies for Hydrogen.

Scope : Hydrogen Synthesis, Hydrogen storage & transfer.

Sub-Area : Emerging Materials towards Net-Zero Construction.

Scope : Recycled materials, Processed Waste, Bio-based materials etc.

Sub-Area : Emerging Materials for Industrial Separation (Water/Air purification, CO2 capture & conversion to fuel).

Scope : Catalysts, MOF, COF, etc.

Sub-Area : Emerging Polymer Composite Applications.

Scope : Additive Manufacturing, Shape memory materials, Meta-Materials etc.

Sub-Area : Emerging Light-Weight & Greener Composite Materials.

Scope : For Automobile, Transport, Structural applications.

Sub-Area : Functional Coating & Lubrication

Scope : Heat reflective coatings, Self-healing coatings, stimuli-responsive materials etc.

Sub-Area : Functional Materials for Sensing

Scope : Applications in Steel Industry & In-vitro biomedical domain.