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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.

Highlights of MaterialNEXT 2.0 (2021)

MaterialNEXT 2.0 (2021)

MaterialNEXT 2.0 will have 2 tracks:

  • Research Track
  • Start-up Track

MaterialNEXT 2.0 will have 4 Challenge/Theme Areas open to both tracks.

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 from Tata Steel & external mentors. 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 Gala Grand Finale to decide winner and runner-up.

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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MN2.0 Challenge/Theme Areas & Mentors

Novel coating materials for
✓ Direct/Ready to paint coating
✓ Hybrid MM functional coating
✓ Thermal management coating


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Novel FRC materials as
✓ Bio-composites
✓ Natural fibres based
✓ Other advanced composites


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Novel recovery process for precious metals in EV Batteries (excluding Lead-Acid batteries)
✓ The treatment method must be scalable and easy to implement


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Novel materials and systems for
✓ In-Vitro application (diagnostic devices, assistive devices etc.)


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